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July 7, 2011

Dayan Viciedo goes walk crazy! [UPDATE #2]

Dayan drew 3 walks in yesterday’s game!:

Charlotte Knights
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Viciedo RF 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 .324

Dayan is hitting .324/.371/.530/.901 with 23 BB and 65 K in 336 AB.

3 walks in one game! Dayan has seen the light!

UPDATE: That’s a 6.3% BB% and a a 17.9 K%. Other numbers: .369 BABIP, 48% GB%, 17% LD%, 61 RC, 6.92 RC/27, .384 wOBA, 120 wOBA+, 145 OPS+.

Other White Sox links: J.J. gives us his roster changes thoughts, James does the same (offensive improvement is the object of both), Chuck Garfien writes about the Most Intersting Man in the Sox locker room (photo gallery) (J.J. says ‘yeah, but’), and MLB Daily Dish’s Adam Bernacchio gives us the 5 best Free-Agent bargains this off-season (Brett Ballantini has been beating this drum for aquite some time now).

UPDATE #2: John Sickels talks about Dayan Viciedo:

Cuban defector signed to $ 10 million contract in 2008. Hitting .322/.364/.528 with 15 homers, 20 walks, 65 strikeouts in 335 at-bats for Triple-A Charlotte. Power to all fields, should produce a solid batting average with plenty of homers despite so-so strike zone judgment. Poor defender at any position and likely a born DH, but he’ll hit. Age 22. Major League ETA: 2011.

July 6, 2011

This is just too good to be true

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 6, 2011 2:00 pm
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Remember the Brandon Beachy-Carlos Quentin trade rumors? Well, MLB’s Mark Bowman says it’s not Carlos Quentin the Braves are after:

Like many Major League clubs, the White Sox seem  interested in the Braves’ wealth of young pitching talent.  But those fans hoping this means outfielder Carlos Quentin could be headed to Atlanta should be prepared for disappointment.

White Sox advance scout Bill Scherrer was at Turner Field for this past weekend’s series against the Orioles and he stuck around for this week’s series against the Rockies.  Given the White Sox and Orioles will not meet again until Aug. 8,  Scherrer has likely focused most of his attention toward the Braves’ pitchers.

While the Braves might be in the market for an outfielder, their primary focus will likely not be aimed toward corner outfielders like Quentin.  Instead they will continue to evaluate what Jordan Schafer can provide in the leadoff spot and  determine whether they need to increase their efforts to find a proven leadoff hitter like the White Sox have in Juan Pierre.

Pierre has batted .261 with a .322 on-base percentage and been successful with just 12 of his 22 stolen base attempts.   In other words, he hasn’t been the same guy who was successful with 68 of 86 stolen base attempts last year.  But since May 1, he has hit .270 with a .340 on-base percentage and been successful with seven of his 10 stolen base attempts.

With Brandon Beachy, Mike Minor, Julio Teheran and Randall Delgado, the Braves are loaded with the non-arbitration-eligible, Major League-ready arms the White Sox are seeking.

Take him. Take him immediately! Of course, we won’t be getting a pitcher in return for Juan Pierre. Much less one with about 1 year of MLB service time and outstanding numbers. A couple slabs of barbeque ribs will be enough for the return.

Ozzie Guillen doesn’t like the chances the White Sox start a long winning streak

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 6, 2011 3:30 am
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Schouwen @ CST:

So when manager Ozzie Guillen was asked if his team should shoot for something like a 14-5 record in the current 19-game stretch against the Central, Guillen spoke the truth.

“We’re not that good,’’ Guillen said. “I wish I could say, ‘Well, we’re going to win 15 and lose two.’ We can do that, but we’re not doing it.’’

Mostly true but doesn’t it feel weird to hear it from the manager of the team?

Other White Sox links: James looks on the Brandon Beachy-Carlos Quentin trade rumor and on Adam Dunn and his game yesterday, FutureSox looks at Tyler Kuhn’s promotion to AAA and Jose Martinez’s promotion to AA, and Brett Ballantini posts his mid-season report for the Sox.

July 4, 2011

White Sox interested in Atlanta Braves’ RHP Brandon Beachy?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 4, 2011 11:55 pm
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Cafardo @ BG (via MLBTR):

Brandon Beachy, RHP, Braves – His success (20 strikeouts, two earned runs in his last 12 innings) since returning from the disabled list may accelerate a possible deal to improve the Braves’ offense. Whether Beachy would be trade bait is anyone’s guess, but his emergence could make a veteran such as Derek Lowe available. The White Sox recently sent Dave Yokum, their fine assistant general manager/pro scout, to watch Beachy and Braves’ pitching, so we’ll see if there’s any match, and whether the White Sox would ever consider dealing Carlos Quentin.

Beachy was John Sickels’ “Prospect of the Day” back in April:

… Undrafted, he signed as a free agent with the Atlanta Braves after a successful summer season in the collegiate Valley League. After a solid ’09, he jumped to prominence in 2010 by leading all of the minor leagues with a 1.73 ERA, also showing a 148/28 K/BB ratio in 120 innings between Double-A and Triple-A. He performed well in three September starts, and made the Atlanta rotation this spring. The 24-year-old Beachy has a 90-94 MPH fastball to go with a solid curveball and changeup, and he has an excellent feel for pitching. …

and got a B- from Sickels  in October of 2010:

9) Brandon Beachy, RHP, Grade B-: Finished product, can be a number four starter or a very good reliever.

More prospect reports here.

Beachy’s stats from B-R:

Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB Awards
2010 23 ATL NL 0 2 .000 3.00 3 3 0 0 0 0 15.0 16 9 5 0 7 3 15 0 0 1 67 136 1.533 9.6 0.0 4.2 9.0 2.14
2011 24 ATL NL 3 1 .750 3.23 11 11 0 0 0 0 61.1 50 23 22 8 15 4 72 3 0 5 249 119 1.060 7.3 1.2 2.2 10.6 4.80
2 Seasons 3 3 .500 3.18 14 14 0 0 0 0 76.1 66 32 27 8 22 7 87 3 0 6 316 122 1.153 7.8 0.9 2.6 10.3 3.95
162 Game Avg. 7 7 .500 3.18 34 34 0 0 0 0 185 160 78 66 19 53 17 211 7 0 15 767 122 1.153 7.8 0.9 2.6 10.3 3.95
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/4/2011.

and

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
2008 21 Danville APPY Rk ATL 2 0 1.000 2.25 6 0 0 0 0 0 12.0 12 5 3 1 2 0 16 1 0 2 51 1.167 9.0 0.8 1.5 12.0 8.00
2009 22 3 Teams 3 Lgs A+-A-AA ATL 4 3 .571 3.87 35 8 13 0 0 1 76.2 80 42 33 2 19 1 64 10 0 5 327 1.291 9.4 0.2 2.2 7.5 3.37
2009 22 Rome SALL A ATL 0 0 5.60 12 0 5 0 0 0 17.2 20 11 11 0 4 0 17 2 0 0 75 1.358 10.2 0.0 2.0 8.7 4.25
2009 22 Myrtle Beach CARL A+ ATL 4 3 .571 3.41 22 8 8 0 0 1 58.0 59 31 22 2 15 1 47 8 0 5 248 1.276 9.2 0.3 2.3 7.3 3.13
2009 22 Mississippi SOUL AA ATL 0 0 0.00 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1.000 9.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2010 23 2 Teams 2 Lgs AA-AAA ATL 5 1 .833 1.73 35 13 7 0 0 2 119.1 93 34 23 5 28 0 148 4 0 3 482 1.014 7.0 0.4 2.1 11.2 5.29
2010 23 Mississippi SOUL AA ATL 3 1 .750 1.47 27 6 6 0 0 1 73.2 53 17 12 3 22 0 100 2 0 2 295 1.018 6.5 0.4 2.7 12.2 4.55
2010 23 Gwinnett IL AAA ATL 2 0 1.000 2.17 8 7 1 0 0 1 45.2 40 17 11 2 6 0 48 2 0 1 187 1.007 7.9 0.4 1.2 9.5 8.00
2011 24 Gwinnett IL AAA ATL 1 0 1.000 1.80 1 1 0 0 0 0 5.0 4 1 1 1 2 0 8 0 0 0 21 1.200 7.2 1.8 3.6 14.4 4.00
4 Seasons 12 4 .750 2.54 77 22 20 0 0 3 213.0 189 82 60 9 51 1 236 15 0 10 881 1.127 8.0 0.4 2.2 10.0 4.63
AA (2 seasons) AA 3 1 .750 1.45 28 6 6 0 0 1 74.2 54 17 12 3 22 0 100 2 0 2 299 1.018 6.5 0.4 2.7 12.1 4.55
AAA (2 seasons) AAA 3 0 1.000 2.13 9 8 1 0 0 1 50.2 44 18 12 3 8 0 56 2 0 1 208 1.026 7.8 0.5 1.4 9.9 7.00
A (1 season) A 0 0 5.60 12 0 5 0 0 0 17.2 20 11 11 0 4 0 17 2 0 0 75 1.358 10.2 0.0 2.0 8.7 4.25
Rk (1 season) Rk 2 0 1.000 2.25 6 0 0 0 0 0 12.0 12 5 3 1 2 0 16 1 0 2 51 1.167 9.0 0.8 1.5 12.0 8.00
A+ (1 season) A+ 4 3 .571 3.41 22 8 8 0 0 1 58.0 59 31 22 2 15 1 47 8 0 5 248 1.276 9.2 0.3 2.3 7.3 3.13
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/4/2011.

Fangraphs says the average speed of his fastball is 91.8mph.

Would Atlanta trade a pitcher that’s nearly a rookie and with such good numbers?

And here’s the Texas Leaguers Pitch F/X database’s page for Beachy.

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