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April 16, 2011

Jake Peavy to return before this month is over?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 16, 2011 11:31 pm
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Merkin @ CWS:

Jake Peavy appears headed for a big league return with the White Sox during the last weekend of April at U.S. Cellular Field.

The right-hander has another rehab start scheduled for Monday with Double-A Birmingham, where he has a target of 90-95 pitches. Peavy moves on to pitch for Triple-A Charlotte next Saturday, viewing that start as something akin to what would be his last Spring Training effort, where he gets the pitch count up around 110.

Those two starts leave Peavy in line to return to the club on April 28, the last day of an 11-game White Sox road trip against Tampa Bay, Detroit and New York. Based on Peavy’s comments Saturday, following a 34-pitch side session in the White Sox bullpen, he’ll be facing Baltimore at home either on April 29 or 30.


April 8, 2011

FutureSox’s Minor League preview


The biggest surprise to me was Eduardo Escobar landing in AAA. The slick fielding shortstop played 49 games with the Barons last year and hit just .262 with an OPS south of .700. That said, he impressed Ozzie Guillen among others this spring.

Terry Doyle starts for Winston-Salem tonight while SBT favorite Andre Rienzo is also on the Winston-Salem’s starting pitching rotation:

On the mound, the Dash boasts a pair of top 30 prospects in the starting rotation. Brazilian right-hander Andre Rienzo was one of Kannapolis’ best starters last year, going 8-4 with a 3.65 ERA and holding opponents to two runs or fewer in each of his last ten starts. Rienzo is ranked by Baseball America as the 25th best prospect in the White Sox farm system. RHP Cameron Bayne was 29th on that list after finishing 2010 12-9 with a 3.60 ERA and 101 strikeouts last season for the Intimidators. Bayne and Rienzo should be joined in the rotation by RHP Terry Doyle, LHP Hector Santiago, RHP Justin Collop, and possibly LHP Joe Serafin.

Roster overviews:

FutureSox previews:

April 3, 2011

Jake Peavy to make a rehab start for AA Birmingham on Friday

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 3, 2011 10:00 pm
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Merkin @ CWS:

Jake Peavy took another step toward a Major League comeback from 2010 season-ending experimental surgery to reattach the tendon that anchors the latissimus dorsi muscle to the rear of the shoulder by throwing 59 pitches over four innings in a simulated Minor League intrasquad game at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz., on Sunday.

Next up for Peavy is a Friday start for Double-A Birmingham at Montgomery, Ala., where he hopes to work five innings and throw 75 pitches.

… Peavy worked the first inning out of a full windup and the next three from the stretch. He worked primarily on fastball command.

“Pitching out of the stretch is where you make your biggest pitches,” Peavy said. “You want to feel comfortable in the stretch.

“There are a lot of young [Minor League] guys swinging, and I could get a lot of swings and misses. But pitching is about fastball command, and that’s where it starts. Certainly, I could tell I started fatiguing in the fourth. But I did feel better than I did on Tuesday.”

October 7, 2010

Baseball America’s Southern League Top 20 Prospects

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 7, 2010 12:23 pm
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Gordon @ BA:

18. Brent Morel, 3b, Birmingham Barons (White Sox)

September 10, 2010

Baseball Analysts on Brent Morel and Charlie Leesman

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 10, 2010 6:47 pm
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Baseball Analysts looks on prospects that raised their value in 2010:

Brent Morel, 3B, AA/AAA
Experience: 3 years
Age: 23

A number of the White Sox’s top prospects lost value in 2010. Morel, a third baseman, had a solid 2010 season split between double-A and triple-A. Overall, he hit .322/.359/.480 in 490 at-bats. With 37 doubles, he has some gap power but Morel’s over-the-fence power is definitely below-average for the hot corner. The 23-year-old prospect made just three errors in 63 games at third in triple-A but he also played some shortstop and could develop into a utility player at the MLB level. He has a strong enough arm to play anywhere in the field. Left-handed pitcher Charlie Leesman is another player to keep an eye on in 2011. He’s still raw for a former college draftee (control, secondary pitches) but he has solid velo on his heater for a lefty and induces a lot of ground balls.

BTW, Morel is starting at 3B tonight.

September 9, 2010

FutureSox reviews the 2010 Birmingham Barons


Jim Gallagher ended up being named the Barons team MVP for 2010.  Deservedly so, as he led the team in most offensive categories.  I’ve already stated before that I see him as a Ross Gload type if he were to make it to the majors.  He certainly is passionate enough to put forth the effort to get there.  I expect him to be in Charlotte for 2011.

Anthony Carter was named Barons pitcher of the year after having a fantastic run as a closer.  Hopefully he can build on that and put himself into consideration as a future big league reliever.  Deunte Heath pitched excellently for the Barons in relief, striking out 84 in 57.2 innings.  The White Sox made a good call giving him a second chance.  Both Carter and Heath should be in Charlotte in 2011.


Gallagher (25 years old): .590 PA, 292/.390/.425/.815, 74 BB / 89 K, .339 BABIP, .361 wOBA
Carter (24)
: 57.1 IP, 22 BB / 58 K, 3.92 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 3.91 FIP, .282 BABIP
Heath (25): 57.2 IP, 32 BB / 84 K, 3.12 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, 3.23 FIP, .369 BABIP

Stats for other Sox prospects.

September 3, 2010

Kevin Goldstein on Eduardo Escobar

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 3, 2010 7:58 pm
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Eduardo Escobar, SS, White Sox (Double-A Birmingham): 2-for-4, HR (3), 3 R, RBI, BB, 2 K. Slick fielder is batting .263/.296/.376 in 47 Double-A games; just needs to hit a little bit because the defense is so good.

Escobar’s stats: .294 wOBA in Birmingham (AA). .303 in Winston-Salem (A+).

Baseball America on Charlie Leesman

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 3, 2010 2:59 pm
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From the ‘Helium Watch’ section of today’s ‘Prospect Hot Sheet’:

Charlie Leesman, lhp, White Sox: Leesman had a modest first half in the Carolina League, posting a 5.10 ERA and walking (44) more than he struck out (39) in 84 2/3 innings. However, one scout who saw him with high Class A Winston-Salem said he “pitched better than the numbers. He was the best prospect on that club.” Since a promotion to Double-A Birmingham, Leesman has regained his command of his 88-92 mph fastball and shown a plus slider with late, sharp bite, which he uses to both righthanded and lefthanded hitters. He threw seven shutout, one-hit innings in his last start against Carolina to improve to 5-2, 2.81 with a 45-to-19 strikeout-to-walk ratio for the Barons over 57 2/3 innings. With a changeup that flashes average potential, Leesman has a chance for a four-pitch mix and can be a fourth starter if his command holds up. In a White Sox system thinned by trades over the last couple of years, that’s welcome news.

Leesman’s stats: 3.17 FIP, 1.05 WHIP, .259 BABIP.

August 31, 2010

Gregory Infante, Alejandro De Aza, Tyler Flowers will be called up

Joe Cowley tweets “Sox will call up Infante, DeAza and Flowers tomorrow now, according to Sox PR. Viciedo in Boston and Torres in Detroit.” Mark Gonzales tweets “Infante, Flowers, DeAza and Viciedo will arrive Wednesday, and Torres next week in Det.”

Stats: Infante, De Aza, Flowers, Viciedo, Torres.

August 18, 2010

White Sox promote Josh Phegley to the Birmingham Barons (AA) [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 18, 2010 2:36 am
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Southern League transactions: “Josh Phegley assigned to Birmingham Barons from Winston-Salem Dash.”

Phegley’s stats and splits.


August 5, 2010

Kevin Goldstein on Eduardo Escobar

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 5, 2010 1:46 pm
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Eduardo Escobar, SS, White Sox (Double-A Birmingham): 2-for-3, HR (2), R, 3 RBI, BB.  20-year-old Venezuelan glove whiz is started to find swing at upper levels; just .238/.274/.363 in 20 games, but 9-for-25 during six-game hitting streak.

Escobar has a .262 BABIP.

July 14, 2010

Juan Silverio promoted to Class A Kannapolis Intimidators and more

Mansch @ GF Tribune:

The Voyagers, who open a three-game series tonight in Casper, Wyo., against the Ghosts, will be without star third baseman Juan Silverio, who Tuesday was promoted to Single-A Kannapolis in the Sally League. Silverio was hitting .299 with team-high totals of 26 hits, nine doubles, three homers, 16 RBIs and 44 total bases.Cron said he is happy for Silverio, a 19-year-old from the Dominican Republic.

“That’s kind of what it’s all about,” he said of the promotion. “Juan came here with a nice positive attitude and worked his tail off to produce. He did a great job for us and he deserves a chance to move up. At the same time I feel real good about the guys who are going to step in there.”

Hopefully things go better this time.

UPDATE: FutureSox’ has more.

June 1, 2010

White Sox promote 3B Brent Morel to AAA-Charlotte

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 1, 2010 12:42 pm
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Morel was promoted Tuesday to Triple-A Charlotte, a source told the Tribune. Morel, a third-round pick in the 2008 draft, batted .324 with 12 doubles and 30 RBIs for Double-A Birmingham.

Second baseman C.J. Retherford was demoted to the Barons after batting .201 in 44 games with Charlotte.

May 27, 2010

The Dash is dashing!

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 27, 2010 6:47 pm
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Eddy @ BA:

As teams near the 50-game line, we begin to see the true best and worst emerge. One-third of the schedule has elapsed, and if Winston-Salem continues at this pace they’ll win about 97 regular season games.

1 Winston-Salem Dash 32 14 .696 Carolina HiA White Sox 46

The Barons aren’t doing so well…

May 25, 2010

Charlie Shirek increases his velocity, working on a cutter

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 25, 2010 3:07 am
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This year, Shirek said, his fastball velocity has picked up just a bit — from 91 mph to 92 or 93. And he said he went to work on a cutter during spring training that has complemented his other pitches.

“Our pitching coach (J.R. Perdew) said I should work on it,” Shirek said. “I’d never thrown one before, but it’s become a good pitch in games where my fastball isn’t doing what I want and I need another pitch to get out of a jam.”

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