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May 7, 2012

BaseballInstinct’s scouting report on Sox prospects RHP Nestor Molina and LHP Jose Quintana

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 7, 2012 9:00 pm
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Thomas Bellmont @ BaseballInstinct:

Nestor Molina RHP White Sox – age 23– Leading the SL in walk rate with just a 3.2%. He was the key piece to the Sergio Santos deal and will need to up the K rate some if he’s going to be that mid rotation starter the Sox hoped they were getting. He has excellent command of his pitch arsenal. Can he be dominant? One answer to many questions is that he is a SP long term. But where does he slot?

Jose Quintana LHP White Sox – age 23 – Another lesser known arm. This lefty has struck out 26 in 35.1 IP with a 3.03 ERA. The production is there for the southpaw and he’s walked just 7.3% of hitters. He’s bounced from the Mets to the Yankees and now with the White Sox he may be poised tos tep forward as a SP option.

Molina’s Stats:

Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
2010 21 2 Teams 2 Lgs A-A+ TOR 8 2 .800 3.11 39 2 13 0 0 4 81.0 71 35 28 4 20 1 64 0 0 2 329 1.123 7.9 0.4 2.2 7.1 3.20
2010 21 Lansing MIDW A TOR 8 2 .800 3.17 37 2 12 0 0 4 76.2 64 31 27 4 20 1 61 0 0 2 309 1.096 7.5 0.5 2.3 7.2 3.05
2010 21 Dunedin FLOR A+ TOR 0 0 2.08 2 0 1 0 0 0 4.1 7 4 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 20 1.615 14.5 0.0 0.0 6.2
2011 22 2 Teams 2 Lgs A+-AA TOR 12 3 .800 2.21 26 23 1 0 0 0 130.1 114 39 32 8 16 0 148 1 1 5 512 0.997 7.9 0.6 1.1 10.2 9.25
2011 22 Dunedin FLOR A+ TOR 10 3 .769 2.58 21 18 1 0 0 0 108.1 102 37 31 8 14 0 115 1 0 3 432 1.071 8.5 0.7 1.2 9.6 8.21
2011 22 New Hampshire EL AA TOR 2 0 1.000 0.41 5 5 0 0 0 0 22.0 12 2 1 0 2 0 33 0 1 2 80 0.636 4.9 0.0 0.8 13.5 16.50
2012 23 Birmingham SOUL AA CHW 3 1 .750 3.72 6 6 0 0 0 0 36.1 45 15 15 3 5 0 25 1 0 0 157 1.376 11.1 0.7 1.2 6.2 5.00
AA (2 seasons) AA 5 1 .833 2.47 11 11 0 0 0 0 58.1 57 17 16 3 7 0 58 1 1 2 237 1.097 8.8 0.5 1.1 8.9 8.29
A+ (2 seasons) A+ 10 3 .769 2.56 23 18 2 0 0 0 112.2 109 41 32 8 14 0 118 1 0 3 452 1.092 8.7 0.6 1.1 9.4 8.43
A (1 season) A 8 2 .800 3.17 37 2 12 0 0 4 76.2 64 31 27 4 20 1 61 0 0 2 309 1.096 7.5 0.5 2.3 7.2 3.05
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table Generated 5/7/2012.

Quintana’s Stats:

Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
2011 22 Tampa FLOR A+ NYY 10 2 .833 2.91 30 12 3 0 0 1 102.0 86 35 33 5 28 0 88 1 0 7 402 1.118 7.6 0.4 2.5 7.8 3.14
2012 23 Birmingham SOUL AA CHW 1 2 .333 3.06 6 6 0 0 0 0 35.1 32 13 12 1 11 0 26 0 0 2 142 1.217 8.2 0.3 2.8 6.6 2.36
AA (1 season) AA 1 2 .333 3.06 6 6 0 0 0 0 35.1 32 13 12 1 11 0 26 0 0 2 142 1.217 8.2 0.3 2.8 6.6 2.36
A+ (1 season) A+ 10 2 .833 2.91 30 12 3 0 0 1 102.0 86 35 33 5 28 0 88 1 0 7 402 1.118 7.6 0.4 2.5 7.8 3.14
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table Generated 5/7/2012.

BTW, BaseballInstinct’s George Utter wrote about Andre Rienzo last week:

Andre Rienzo, RHP White Sox – Age 23 – Rienzo has toiled around the White Sox organization since signing out of the Dominican Republic in 2006.  He’s been effective, yet not dominant in his 5 seasons of professional ball.  In his first go round in the Carolina League he went 6-5 with a 3.41 ERA and 118/66 K/BB ratio for 2011.  The walks were concerning to us, coupled with the fact he gave up 108 hits.  He’s lucky his ERA wasn’t much higher.  Pan forward to 2012 and he was off to a 3-0 start with a 1.08 ERA a 31/7 K/BB ratio over 25 innings.  Throw in just 17 hits and he’s got a sub 1.00 WHIP.  Sadly, He’s been suspended for 50 games for violating Minor League Baseball’s drug prevention and treatment program.

Rienzo’s stats:

Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
2010 21 Kannapolis SALL A CHW 8 4 .667 3.65 20 18 0 2 2 0 101.0 95 45 41 5 32 0 125 2 4 6 432 1.257 8.5 0.4 2.9 11.1 3.91
2011 22 Winston-Salem CARL A+ CHW 6 5 .545 3.41 25 22 0 1 1 0 116.0 108 50 44 4 66 0 118 3 0 16 512 1.500 8.4 0.3 5.1 9.2 1.79
2012 23 Winston-Salem CARL A+ CHW 3 0 1.000 1.08 4 4 0 0 0 0 25.0 17 3 3 0 7 0 31 0 1 3 96 0.960 6.1 0.0 2.5 11.2 4.43
A+ (2 seasons) A+ 9 5 .643 3.00 29 26 0 1 1 0 141.0 125 53 47 4 73 0 149 3 1 19 608 1.404 8.0 0.3 4.7 9.5 2.04
A (1 season) A 8 4 .667 3.65 20 18 0 2 2 0 101.0 95 45 41 5 32 0 125 2 4 6 432 1.257 8.5 0.4 2.9 11.1 3.91
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table Generated 5/8/2012.

April 26, 2012

Andre Rienzo suspended 50 games

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 26, 2012 9:00 pm
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Scott Merkin:

White Sox right-hander Andre Rienzo was one of two Minor League pitchers suspended for 50 games due to violations of the Minor League Drug Prevention Treatment Program, as announced by the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball on Thursday.

Rienzo, a 23-year-old native of Sao Paolo, Brazil, came to the team as a free agent in 2006. He was 3-0 with a 1.08 ERA for Class A Winston-Salem as part of its 2012 starting rotation.

After the suspension was announced, for Rienzo testing positive for metabolites of Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing substance, the White Sox released a statement from Rienzo.

“I have been informed by Major League Baseball that I have tested positive for a prohibited substance, and as a result, I will be suspended for 50 games,” Rienzo said in the statement. “I want to make it clear to Major League Baseball and the Chicago White Sox that I have never intentionally taken a prohibited substance.

“Unfortunately, during the offseason, I used a dietary supplement that I purchased at a health food store in my home country of Brazil, believing it to be legitimate. It is now apparent that the supplement was tainted. I understand that I am responsible for what I put in my body, and therefore have accepted the 50-game suspension. I look forward to returning to the game I love, and I appreciate the support the Chicago White Sox have given me during this process.”

(more…)

April 24, 2012

Andre Rienzo struck out 8, walked 2 tonight (April 23)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 24, 2012 12:05 am
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Potomac @ Winston-Salem:

Winston-Salem Dash
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Andre Rienzo (W, 3-0) 7.0 3 1 1 2 8 0 1.08
Justin Collop (H, 1) 1.1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.84
Leroy Hunt (S, 4) 0.2 1 0 0 1 2 0 0.0

Groundouts-flyouts: Rienzo 7-3, Collop 1-3, Hunt 0-0.
Batters faced: Rienzo 25, Collop 6, Hunt 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Hunt 1-0.

Rienzo has a 31 K / 7 BB ratio in 25.0 innings (4 games). AA time?

April 20, 2012

Andre Rienzo on Baseball America’s Prospect Sheet

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 20, 2012 2:30 pm
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Man among boys section:

Andre Rienzo, rhp, White Sox: Hailing from Brazil, Rienzo spent his first two professional summers in the Dominican Summer League. From there he spent another year in the Appalachian League, one in low Class A and now he’s embarking on his second year with high Class A Winston-Salem. The 23-year-old Rienzo leads the Carolina League with 23 strikeouts and could be on the verge of a bump to Double-A after going 2-0, 1.00 in three starts, while limiting opponents to 14 hits and five walks through 18 innings.

If that happened in the past I’d say ‘Is Kenny Williams holding him back intentionally to increase his trade value?’ Not now. I don’t see any buying trades coming …

April 18, 2012

Andre Rienzo struck out 9, walked 1 tonight (April 18)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 18, 2012 9:30 pm
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Winston-Salem @ Myrtle Beach:

Winston-Salem Dash
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Andre Rienzo (W, 2-0) 7.0 6 1 1 1 9 0 1.00
Kyle Bellamy (S, 1) 2.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.42

Rienzo has a 23 K / 5 BB ratio in 18.0 innings (3 games).

January 27, 2012

FutureSox’s 2012 Preseason Top 25 White Sox Prospects

Matt Cassidy:

1. Nestor Molina, RHP     [NEW]
2. Addison Reed, RHP     [Previous Rank: 2nd, no change]
3. Simon Castro, RHP     [NEW]
4. Tyler Saladino, SS     [Previous: 9th, +5]
5. Trayce Thompson, OF     [Previous: 3rd, -2]
6. Jacob Petricka, RHP     [Previous: 4th, -2]
7. Hector Santiago, LHP     [Previous: 16th, +9]
8. Keenyn Walker, OF     [Previous: 7th, -1]
9. Eduardo Escobar, SS     [Previous: 6th, -3]
10. Dylan Axelrod, RHP     [Previous: 19th, +9]
11. Jared Mitchell, OF     [Previous: 5th, -6]
12. Andre Rienzo, RHP     [Previous: 11th, -1]
13. Jhan Marinez, RHP     [NEW]
14. Gregory Infante, RHP     [Previous: 14th, no change]
15. Erik Johnson, RHP     [Previous: 17th, +2]
16. Charlie Leesman, LHP     [Previous: 15th, -1]
17. Pedro Hernandez, LHP     [NEW]
18. Andy Wilkins, 1B     [Previous: 13th, -5]
19. Scott Snodgress, LHP     [Previous: UNR]
20. Brandon Short, OF     [Previous: 12th, -8]
21. Jeff Soptic, RHP     [Previous: UNR]
22. Kevan Smith, C     [Previous: 24th, +2]
23. Ozzie Martinez, SS/2B     [NEW]
24. Ryan Buch, RHP     [Previous: 18th, -6]
25. Michael Blanke, C     [Previous: 32nd*, +7]

January 16, 2012

Kevin Goldstein’s 2012 Top 11 White Sox prospects

Kevin Goldstein @ BP:

System in 20 Words or Less: Two words: Not good.

Four-Star Prospects
1. Addison Reed, RHP
Three-Star Prospects
2. Nestor Molina, RHP
3. Trayce Thompson, OF
4. Jake Petricka, RHP
5. Simon Castro, RHP
6. Keenyn Walker, OF
Two-Star Prospects
7. Eduardo Escobar, SS
8. Jhan Marinez, RHP
9. Myles Jaye, RHP
10. Tyler Saladino, SS
11. Andre Rienzo, RHP

Goldstein has 9 more Sox prospects (Juan Silverio, 3B; Jared Mitchell, OF; Brandon Short, OF; Pedro Hernandez, LHP; Gregory Infante, RHP; Erik Johnson, RHP; Michael Blanke, C; Dylan Axelrod, RHP; Osvaldo Martinez, SS) more and his scouting report on Addison Reed at the link.

December 29, 2011

John Sickels’ Top 20 White Sox prospects for 2012

John Sickels:

1) Nestor Molina, RHP, Grade B+: Acquired from the Blue Jays for Sergio Santos, and immediately became Chicago’s first or second-best prospect. I think he can remain a starter. Molina was a big topic of discussion earlier this month.

2) Addison Reed, RHP, Grade B+: The best closer prospect in baseball thanks to superior command of 93-97 MPH fastball and devastating slider. You can make a case to rank him ahead of Molina, if you think Molina will be a reliever.

3) Tyler Saladino, SS, Grade C+: 2010 seventh round pick out of Oral Roberts developed from draft sleeper into solid prospect. Good power for a middle infielder, and has some idea about the strike zone, scouts like his work ethic. Main issue now is if he can stick at shortstop, and I think he has a decent chance to do so.

4) Trayce Thompson, OF, Grade C+: Highest-ceiling bat in system, tapping into his power now and making good progress on defense. Kills lefties but has serious contact problems against right-handed pitching. Struck out 172 times while repeating Low-A. Has the tools to be a star slugger but also carries a high risk of failure.

5) Hector Santiago, LHP, Grade C+: Came out of nowhere to reach the majors (briefly) in 2011 thanks to development of a new screwball to go with 90-95 MPH fastball. Third pitch still needs work and it is unclear if he starts or relieves in the long run, although recent rumors indicate the Sox will continue to start him. Projects as number three/four starter if third pitch develops, or a power relief arm.

The best closer prospect in baseball” comment helps explain Sergio Santos’ trade.

December 7, 2011

Terry Doyle could be drafted in tomorrow’s Rule V draft

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 7, 2011 8:30 pm
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Mark Gonzales:

Several major league scouts believe that White Sox minor league pitcher Terry Doyle will be drafted in Thursday’s Rule 5 draft.

Those scouts said Doyle’s stock soared in the Arizona Fall League, where he was 4-0 with a 1.98 ERA and 22 strikeouts and only five walks in 27 1/3 innings for the Peoria Solar Sox. Doyle, 26, was a combined 8-10 with a 3.07 ERA with 122 strikeouts and only 33 walks in 173 innings at Class-A Winston-Salem and Double-A Birmingham. …

BucsDugout.com has a nice Rule 5 draft preview. There are reports on three Sox prospects that may be selected tomorrow; Jon Bachanov, Terry Doyle, and Andre Rienzo:

If you’re looking for a strong arm with a reasonably high ceiling and a bit of projection remaining, Rienzo might be the right choice for you. Signed out of Brazil in 2006, he’s more raw than his age would suggest, given that country’s still-emerging baseball infrastructure. Still, he’s got good arm strength, with a fastball that sits in the low 90s, and his lean build suggests additional physical projection. Rienzo also throws a sharp-breaking curveball and is working on a changeup, though the latter is more promising than useful at this point. Command and control are still a work in progress as well, as he walked 66 batters in 116 innings last year. He’s got some mechanical flaws, which contributed to the command issues, but they may be correctable with work and instruction as he’s regarded as a good athlete who just needs more experience. He was named to the Carolina League’s mid-season All-Star team last year, before missing about two weeks with elbow pain, but after some rest was able to return at full strength with no ill effects.

At this point, Rienzo is not ready to hold a significant role in the major leagues. At the same time, given his age and inexperience, he’s not going to be able to afford to spend an entire season nailed to a chair in a bullpen. He has a fairly high ceiling as a starting pitcher, but getting him enough work that he can stay sharp and improve his skills without letting MLB hitters tee off on him and crush his confidence is going to be a difficult balancing act for the player development staff of any team inclined to select him.

Rienzo was also among BaseballInstinct’s Carolina League Top MLB Pitching Prospects:

Andre Rienzo RHP CWS (23) – Signed as a free agent in 2006 out of Brazil, Rienzo has almost completed his second full season of baseball in the states. Before that, he spent more of his career in the DSL, where he’s been a strikeout machine. This season in Winston-Salem Dash, he scores a 3.27 ERA, allowing 105 hits, 41 earned runs, 114 strikeouts in 113 innings. The Thrill from Brazil (someone actually hung that on him) uses a overpowering mid- to late-90s fastball to maintain an exciting 22.9 strikeout rate. Then all the excitement dies down what you see that he walked 63 batters this year, posting an ugly 12.7 walk rate from last year’s more manageable 7.4 rate. There are some whispers about an elbow injury that may have affected those numbers, so there is hope. But with his secondary pitches just coming along, he currently has bullpen written all over him. It’s also encouraging that he has a FIP of 3.42, showing that his current ERA is real with that ugly walk rate and that cutting down those walks will do wonders. We’ll keep an eye on the development of the secondary pitches too.

August 16, 2011

Terry Doyle is getting back on track

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 16, 2011 11:58 pm
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8/15:

Birmingham Barons
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Doyle (W, 4-5) 6.0 7 1 0 3 8 0 3.49
Kloess (H, 1) 1.0 1 1 1 2 1 0 1.63
Septimo (H, 7) 1.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 5.33
Carter, A (S, 3) 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2.35
Pitches-strikes: Doyle 106-64, Kloess 24-12, Septimo 15-11, Carter, A 19-11.
Groundouts-flyouts: Doyle 5-2, Kloess 1-0, Septimo 1-0, Carter, A 1-2.
Batters faced: Doyle 28, Kloess 6, Septimo 4, Carter, A 4.

BTW, Andre Rienzo’s last couple outings were more like the ones in 2010:

8/14:

Winston-Salem Dash
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Wickswat 1.0 1 0 0 1 1 0 2.33
Rienzo (W, 3-3) 5.0 5 0 0 1 9 0 3.14
Hunt (S, 1) 3.0 3 0 0 1 1 0 4.70
Groundouts-flyouts: Wickswat 1-0, Rienzo 3-2, Hunt 4-1.
Batters faced: Wickswat 5, Rienzo 21, Hunt 11.

That was the completion of a June 28 game that was suspended.

8/10:

Winston-Salem Dash
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Rienzo (W, 4-4) 6.0 1 0 0 1 7 0 3.49
Kussmaul (S, 5) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2.76
Groundouts-flyouts: Rienzo 5-5, Kussmaul 0-1.
Batters faced: Rienzo 20, Kussmaul 3.

Maybe Andre’s is returning to form too!

July 19, 2011

John Sickels talks about Andre Rienzo

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 19, 2011 2:45 pm
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Sickels  @ MLBall is reviewing his sleeper picks:

Andre Rienzo, RHP, Chicago White Sox: 3.83 ERA with 86/50 K/BB in 85 innings for High-A Winston-Salem, 87 hits. Strong K/IP ratio but big spike in his walk rate this year, just went on DL. Age 23. Rating based mainly on stats with some scouting input.

May 27, 2011

Steve Stone explains what’s behind the White Sox hitting slumps

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 27, 2011 9:55 pm
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WSCR AM670:

“The reality is that we have a lot of guys on this team that just absolutely refuse to take walks,” Steve Stone said on the Boers and Bernstein Show. “I mean, you’ve got Brent Morel, who’s going to be a very good player, but he hasn’t had a walk this year. You can get to three balls on [A.J.] Pierzynski, but he’s going to swing at it if it stays in the ball park. Juan Pierre is a swinging leadoff hitter, he’s not a walking leadoff hitter. [Alexei] Ramirez is very difficult to walk.

“So we have a lineup full of guys that swing the bat. When they’re hitting the baseball and they’re finding holes, then the team, you know, will put together a lot of hits and a lot of runs. But the teams that have consistently a lot of runs scored, are patient teams who get the starters out of there around the sixth inning because they’re up to 100 pitches because they’ve taken some walks, because they’ve run the counts deep, and our guys, historically, have not taken walks. And when you’re hitting that’s fine. When you’re not hitting, you’re putting a lot of pitchers-pitches in play.”

Audio at the link.

Other White Sox links: James looks at the Sox clutch hitting and says Happy Birthday to Frank Thomas (Happy Birthday Frank!), and FutureSox’ hot and cold prospects include Brazilian righty Andre Rienzo.

May 23, 2011

Andre Rienzo strikes out 8 and walks 1 tonight (May 23)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 23, 2011 11:15 pm
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5/23:

Winston-Salem Dash
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Rienzo 6.0 5 1 1 1 8 0 2.59
Wickswat 3.1 3 0 0 0 2 0 1.59
Kloess (L, 1-2) 1.1 2 1 1 0 3 0 4.09

Groundouts-flyouts: Rienzo 5-1.
Batters faced: Rienzo 24.

May 18, 2011

Andre Rienzo’s walk rate is up

After today’s 6 IP/6 K/6 BB outing, Andre Rienzo already has 25 walks in 42.2 innings. Last year Rienzo issued 32 walks in 101.0 innings. Please cut down the walks Andre!

Rienzo is one of the subjects Buddy Bell addressed today. See posts by J.J. Stankevitz, Mark Primiano (U-God) & Jim Margalus, and Scott Reifert.

May 1, 2011

Andre Rienzo struck out 9 and walked 2 today (May 1)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 1, 2011 6:49 pm
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5/1:

Winston-Salem Dash
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Rienzo 7.0 1 1 1 2 9 0 2.36
Thompson, Ta (BS, 2)(L, 1-1) 1.0 3 3 3 3 0 0 3.00

WP: Rienzo.
Groundouts-flyouts: Rienzo 0-7.
Batters faced: Rienzo 24.

Jacson @ MiLB:

Rienzo carried a perfect game into the fifth, and set down the first two batters in that inning without incident. He hit the third, Alex McClure, and then saw his no-hitter come to an end when Carlo Testa followed with a double to left field.

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