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June 14, 2011

Jake Peavy says he’s willing to pitch out of the bullpen; Sox don’t sound enthused

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 14, 2011 10:20 pm
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Padilla @ ESPN:

“I’ll do whatever needs to happen and I made that known to (pitching coach Don Cooper) and (manager) Ozzie (Guillen),” Peavy said. “I’ll do whatever they think I can do to help the club in any way. I think they know that.”

“I just think we got five guys going pretty good right now,” Peavy said. “We’ve taken some heat about the six-man rotation. Are we doing the right thing or wrong thing? I’m just letting them know my end of the deal. I’ll do whatever I can do to help.

“Do I think I can pitch out of the bullpen? Absolutely. I think I can help. But I’m certainly not opposed to me being in the six-man rotation, either. We’ll see what happens.”

“If this team gets in the playoffs, this team can certainly win a championship,” Peavy said. “That’s all you can ask. The common goal when we’re on the flights and sitting around, talking with the guys is to grind it out and just try to get in. Do all we can do to get in and give this team a chance because we do feel we have a great chance to win a championship if we do get in.”

and from the link below,

“I love our pitching and I think we’ve been about as steady as we can be,” Peavy said. “Our offense, with [Adam] Dunn getting going and [Alex] Rios starting to show signs, I think we’ve got enough. We certainly have enough talent to win the [American League] Central, but we certainly got our work cut out for us with Detroit, as good as they are, Cleveland and this team [the Twins] and Kansas City. We’ve got a tough division.”

What do the Sox say?

“We did talk to Kenny about it,” Guillen said. “Kenny wasn’t too sure about that. We appreciate but I think it’s too early to concern ourselves about bullpen stuff [with Peavy]. We appreciate that because he wants to help. But right now I think everything was just worry about we put it up to Kenny and he say get him healthy and get him back here. Then we make the decision when he comes [back].”

Other White Sox links: J.J. looks at the implications of a Dayan Viciedo-Juan Pierre swap and has a Sox-Twins Q&A with Aaron Gleeman, James looks at Paul Konerko’ HOF chances and is surprised at the directness of Scott Merkin’s ‘Kenny wants Viciedo’ article, (I was surprised too with Kenny saying out loud I want Viciedo but Ozzie wants Pierre), and Mike wonders if the Sox will re-acquire Aaron Poreda.

March 30, 2010

MLB.com’s 2010 Sox prospects and organization preview

Top 10 prospects:

Clevelan Santeliz, RHP: A setup man extraordinaire at Birmingham last summer, the Venezuelan prospect was added to the 40-man roster after posting an 0.96 ERA in 40 games and striking out 52 batters in 56 1/3 innings. He moved to the closer role at the end of the season and collected 10 saves. Throwing a fastball in the mid-90s and a plus slider, he pitches with a lot of energy and is a ton of fun to watch.

organization preview:

LHP David Holmberg (2[nd round]) is a high school star out of Florida who has four solid pitches, with a fastball that touches 90 mph, a 12-6 curve, a changeup and a slider. He also has a good feel for the mound.

RHP Kyle Bellamy (5) out of Miami is a fast-track prospect who combined for a 1.23 ERA in 20 games in relief between Bristol and Kannapolis, walking just two while striking out 32 in 22 innings. He limited hitters to a .169 average and then moved on to the Arizona Fall League, where he had a 1.59 ERA in five games.

RHP Justin Collop (6) out of Toledo had a 2.72 ERA in 15 games for Great Falls, striking out 33 in 39 2/3 innings and limiting Pioneer League hitters to a .257 average.

RHP Ryan Buch (8) out of Monmouth had the best fastball in the Draft class, one that touched the high 90s, as well as a curveball with plus potential. In 16 games in relief, he had a 3.38 ERA and limited hitters to a .183 average at Great Falls.

November 27, 2009

Fangraphs reviews the last 4 Sox drafts


[Jared] Mitchell’s .417 on-base average was impressive in just 34 low-A ball games. However, his line of .296/.417/.435 was aided by a crazy-high .453 BABIP. His walk rate of 16.7% was offset by a nasty strikeout rate at 34.8%, which is obviously going to have to come down. With an ISO of .139, his power is undeveloped at this time, although he could develop into a 15-homer hitter. Despite good speed, Mitchell nabbed just five steals in eight attempts. …

November 6, 2009

‘A Minor Review of ‘09’ Sox edition

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ November 6, 2009 7:45 pm
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Marc Hulet looks at some prospects that probably won’t make it on their organization’s Top 10 prospects’ list. Here’s one:

The Riser: Santos Rodriguez, LHP

Obtained from the Braves in the Javier Vazquez deal, Rodriguez could turn out to be a steal. The hard-throwing reliever has a 90-95 mph fastball, as well as a slider and change-up. In ‘09, he allowed just 18 hits in 27 innings of work in rookie ball. The 21-year-old was old for the league but he got three games of experience in low-A ball before the year ended. He needs to improve his control after posting a walk rate of 5.67 BB/9 but his strikeout rate was excellent at 14.00 K/9.

More at the link.

September 25, 2009

FutureSox Review of Prospects Traded Away in 2009

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 25, 2009 1:40 pm
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The White Sox have traded away many prospects over the last couple of years but to date none of them have come back to bite the Sox. Here I will review all of the prospects traded away by Kenny Williams in 2009 and will try to determine whether this latest crop of former prospects will come back to haunt the White Sox in the future. …

Dubee is putting up some nice numbers after he got traded to Pittsburgh for Andy Phillips.

August 6, 2009

Phil Rogers’ crystal ball

Division races, Offseason moves, and the Jake Peavy trade:

The White Sox (specifically, Jerry Reinsdorf, Ken Williams and Rick Hahn) don’t get enough credit for wisely managing their payroll. Even with Jake Peavy, they have only about $61 million commited in salary next season. The big issues — once Dye and Thome are resolved — will be what to do with expensive closer Bobby Jenks and whether to count on Scott Podsednik to play center field and hit leadoff. …

August 3, 2009

Rich Lederer on the Jake Peavy trade

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 3, 2009 12:59 pm
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Rich Lederer:

Peavy is a fantastic pitcher when healthy but, like an overpriced stock, may not be a good value at this point. He is clearly worth more to a team like the White Sox than the Padres.

BTW, THT’s Adam Guttridge doesn’t like it at all.

August 1, 2009

John Sickels on the Jake Peavy trade

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB,MLB — The Wizard @ August 1, 2009 5:43 pm
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John Sickels:

Jake Peavy from the Padres to the White Sox for Clayton Richard, Aaron Poreda, Adam Russell, and Dexter Carter. One proven excellent (when healthy) starter in exchange for four arms. I like it from San Diego’s perspective, given their current situation. Richard can slot into the rotation immediately, and Poreda has a chance to be a closer if his command holds. Russell is an OK middle relief type, while Carter has a live arm and excellent numbers in low-A ball. If Peavy’s ankle recovers fast enough he will help the White Sox down the stretch, but I think they gave up quite a bit to get him.

July 31, 2009

THT on the Peavy trade

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 31, 2009 6:58 pm
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Aaron Peroda?

Signed for 3 more years at 52 million dollars, the White Sox now will be paying him as roughly a 4 WAR player when you assume a slight decline phase and factor in a discount for a long term deal. So does Peavy figure to be worth that much? Well, ZIPS thinks him currently capable of a 3.24 FIP. If you raise that .5 points for moving out of PETCO and moving to the tougher league, than he projects to be about a 4.5 WAR player over a full season. Considering that the White Sox are right in the mix of the playoff race this year, and there are no teams who figure to run away with the division next year, this certainly seems like a good return for the White Sox.

Sox get Jake Peavy

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MLB — The Wizard @ July 31, 2009 3:41 pm
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The Chicago White Sox have acquired right-handed pitcher Jake Peavy, a two-time All-Star and the 2007 National League Cy Young Award winner, from the San Diego Padres in exchange for left-handers Aaron Poreda and Clayton Richard and right-handers Dexter Carter and Adam Russell.


3:35pm: USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, via Twitter, says the White Sox confirmed they just got Peavy.  Brock agrees – Peavy approved the trade this time.  Peavy is owed $56MM through 2012, or $74MM through 2013 if the Sox exercise his option.

Peavy’s gamelog shows he last pitched on June 8.

Ken Rosenthal:

Peavy, 28, is currently on the disabled list with a strained tendon in his right ankle. The date of his return is uncertain. He is signed for $15 million next season, $16 million in 2011 and $17 million in 2012, with a $22 million club option for 2013.

Peavy’s agent: “I think Jake just got to the breaking point,” Axelrod said. “One team wanted him bad enough, and the other team wanted to get rid of him.”

July 21, 2009

John Danks to go on the DL?


But a corresponding roster move will need to be made with Torres’ arrival, and that move could involve a trip to the disabled list for Danks. It would be retroactive to the day after Friday’s first second-half start for Danks, who has an 8-6 record with a 3.98 ERA in 18 starts this season. Danks was unavailable for comment on Tuesday, as he was receiving treatment on the finger. Pitching coach Don Cooper simply is planning one start at a time.

Aside from Danks being down and out, the rest of the rotation remains the same. Mark Buehrle will finish the series Thursday against Tampa Bay, and Jose Contreras and Bartolo Colon appear to be Friday’s starters for the split doubleheader at Comerica Park against the Tigers. Gavin Floyd will get the call on Saturday. Sunday’s starter looks to be an unofficial to be announced. If Clayton Richard struggles again on Tuesday against the Rays and Danks is ready to go after the one-start absence, Danks could slide into Sunday night’s slot and Richard would move to the bullpen. That move probably would send hard-throwing rookie Aaron Poreda back to the Minors, although the White Sox will need to make another roster move when Colon is activated on Friday.

Sox call up Carlos Torres (UPDATE #2)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ July 21, 2009 12:01 pm
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Mark Gonzales:

Triple-A Charlotte pitcher Carlos Torres was scratched from his start Monday night, and a White Sox source said Torres was headed to Chicago for a promotion. Torres, 26, is 8-4 with a 2.20 ERA for the Knights. He has been used primarily as a starter this season, and several of Torres’ teammates who have made minor league rehabilitation assignments have been impressed with his control.

FS says Aaron Poreda will likely be demoted to Charlotte.

UPDATE #2: FS adds that Torres’ promotion will be short, as he will be demoted on Friday, to make room for Bartolo Colon.


July 18, 2009

Ozzie Guillen on Aaron Poreda

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 18, 2009 10:25 pm
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Scot Gregor:

Aaron Poreda still is one of the White Sox’ best young pitchers, and the 22-year-old lefty is likely to get a shot to start as early as next season. For now Poreda is pitching long relief, but he has issued 5 walks in 5 innings over his last 3 outings. Manager Ozzie Guillen puts up with plenty of flaws, but walks aren’t one of them. That’s why he didn’t call on Poreda to face the Orioles on Friday in a tight game.

“The perfect guy in that (sixth) inning last night was Poreda, but I didn’t feel comfortable putting that kid in that situation with the game on the line,” Guillen said. “I wish I had a little more confidence in Poreda, not because he’s bad, just because he’s a kid.”

July 17, 2009

FirstInning’s Top 100 prospects

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB,MLB — The Wizard @ July 17, 2009 9:43 pm
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9. Gordon Beckham
36. Aaron Poreda
88. Jordan Danks

And the Top 100 division breakdown.

July 12, 2009

Aaron Poreda won’t be inserted in the starting rotation

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 12, 2009 12:28 pm
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Poreda will stay in the bullpen:

And then there’s Poreda, the hard-throwing left-hander who was the team’s top pick in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft. He has become an instant bullpen presence with a 0.90 ERA over eight games, but don’t look for him to be stepping back into the role he held so well to the tune of a 2.38 ERA over 11 starts at Double-A Birmingham at the outset of the 2009 campaign.

“Poreda is a reliever right now, and it’s unfair to him for me to start him,” said White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper. “He’s long since been stretched out. He’s getting over the hump and showing he’s a quality left-handed reliever. We don’t want to pull the plug on that.”

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