Hagen @ THT:
1. Chris Sale
/ SP/RP / Sale is a tenacious competitor who belongs in the rotation long term. He displays great movement and strong command of an impressive three-pitch mix. He is far and away Chicago’s best prospect.
The rest at the link. It also lists the Top 10 White Sox players under the age of 26.
Right-handed starting pitcher — Terry Doyle, Kannapolis (seven games), Winston-Salem (20 games): Doyle grew up in Red Sox Nation, but he’s made a nice transition to the Pale Hose. The 6-foot-4 righty went 12-10 with a 2.94 ERA and an organizational-best 157 strikeouts in 168 1/3 innings between two levels. Only Chicago’s John Danks (162) had more strikeouts in 2010.
“He’s a tremendous competitor, he competes his butt off,” said McEwing. “He wants the ball until the end of the ninth. He’s able to mix four pitches for strikes at any time and able to locate to all four pitches — it’s one of the biggest assets he’s got. He competes at a high level and is able to throw four pitches at any time.”
The Boston College product was especially nasty at Class A, going 4-2 with a 0.96 ERA in seven starts. He features a fastball, curve, change and a cutter-slider, throwing his heater in the 89-91 mph range with good control. He was promoted mid-season and earned Carolina League Pitcher of the Week honors June 7.
“He’s very polished,” said McEwing, who helped the Mets reach the World Series in 2000. “He almost had a big league season with about 180 innings, and he did an outstanding job. He wants the ball, he doesn’t want to come out of the game. You wish you had five starters like that every day.”
and Greg Walker on Tyler Flowers:
“He’s a tremendously talented kid that is trying to correct some swing problems and some approach flaws, in my mind,” White Sox hitting coach Greg Walker said of Flowers to MLB.com. “I’m still confident he’s on the right track, but this winter is important to him.”
Walker is also tweaking Morel’s swing:
“There are a few things we are tweaking with his swing. He’s still got a few misses that we are looking to iron out this winter, but he can be a productive offensive player. The more efficient he becomes with his legs and swing, the more pop you will see,” Walker said. “Every time I see him, it’s a little better. His swing and offensive game [are] evolving. He’s working on some things, nothing major, just minor things to iron out.”
More players on the link.
Wagner @ BA:
10. Daniel Hudson, rhp, Charlotte Knights (White Sox [traded])
11. Brent Morel, 3b/ss, Charlotte Knights (White Sox)
Morel made BA’s Southern League Top 20 (#18) as well.
BTW, John Sickels had this on Daniel Hudson in his Top 50 pitching prospects review:
24) Dan Hudson, RHP, White Sox: 3.47 ERA, 108/31 K/BB in 93 Triple-A innings, 2.45 ERA with 82/27 K/BB in 95 major league innings, 68 hits. Inexplicably traded from Chicago to Arizona, a move that the White Sox are likely to regret in coming years.
From his latest AQA thread:
Q: Buying on Sale? What do you make of Chris Sale? Does he have the ability to develop into a #2 type starter, or is his funky delivery best utilized in the bullpen?
A: I’ll buy on Sale. I want to see the walks come down, but overall you have to be very impressed with how well he’s done. I prefer him in Triple-A next year working as a starter.
Q: What are the odds Brent Morel is a serviceable starting 3B next year?
A: If they let him play he can be Joe Randa. Will probably need some adjustment time at first.
BTW, Sickels’ prediction for Justin Smoak‘s career slash line: .279/.379/.490 [.869 OPS]. I’d predict a higher slugging percentage.
From Sickels AQA:
Q: What do you make of Flower’s year? Do you think its too early to call him a bust? And what do you make of Phegley? Thanks in advance.
A: Not liking what Flowers did this year….I think he went backward. not a bust yet, but heading in that direction. Phegley had limited playing time due to injury, but it looks like he’s got strikeout issues too. He’ll be in the Arizona Fall League and I hope to see him there.
On Brent Morel and Dayan Viciedo:
Q: If the White Sox do not sign Konerko, does that mean Viciedo slides over to first and Morel starts at third on opening day next year?
A: That’s plausable, although i’m not at all convinced that Viciedo will hit enough to be a good regular 1B at this point. He’s got holes.
Q: and ultimately, what are their ceilings? Will they both hit enough for those positions?
A: Morel….Joe Randa, and that’s a compliment, Joe Randa was a good player. Viciedo….ceiling, .300 hitter with 25 homer power if he gains any command of the zone. Floor: .220 hitter, washes out.
Stats: Tyler Flowers, Josh Phegley, Brent Morel, Dayan Viciedo.
Baseball Analysts looks on prospects that raised their value in 2010:
Brent Morel, 3B, AA/AAA
Experience: 3 years
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.
Gonzales @ CT:
The White Sox have promoted third baseman Brent Morel from Triple-A Charlotte, according to a Facebook post by Morel.
Morel, 23, was batting .320 with eight home runs and 34 RBIs in 81 games with the Knights. Overall, he’s batting .322 with 10 home runs and 64 RBIs with Double-A Birmingham and Charlotte this season.
Morel could figure in the Sox’s plans at third base in 2011.
Morel’s stats: .320/.343/.503, 324 PA, 306 AB, 13 BB / 50 K, .363 BABIP, .360 wOBA.
UPDATE: Kevin Goldstein had this on Brent Morel:
Brent Morel, 3B/SS, White Sox (Triple-A Charlotte): 2-for-4, R, RBI. 23-for-63 (.365) in last 16 games with a .714 slugging percentage; called up to the big leagues this morning.
Goldstein @ BP:
Brent Morel, 3B/SS, White Sox (Triple-A Charlotte): 3-for-5, 3B, R, RBI. 17-for-36 (.472) during nine-game hitting streak; .324/.352/.505 in 74 Triple-A games.
and from Tuesday’s update:
Brent Morel, 3B/SS, White Sox (Triple-A Charlotte): 2-for-4, HR (7), R, RBI
Splitting time between third base at shortstop due to Dayan Viciedo’s promotion, Morel’s positional switches have had no effect on his hitting, as he’s gone 13-for-26 during his current seven-game hitting streak to raise his Triple-A averages to .321/.350/.498. He’s been a surprisingly solid shortstop, although the hot corner is his more natural position, and one where he’ll get a very long look next spring.
John Sickels answered a question on Brent Morel:
Q: Morel just keeps on hitting, and now he’s being moved around the infield a little bit (to accommodate Viciedo, mainly). Can he be an everyday 3B?
A: If they don’t expect him to hit 20 homers, why not? Think Joe Randa.
He also answered my question on Andre Rienzo. Unfortunately Rienzo isn’t on his knowledge base yet:
Q: what can you tell us about the 22 year old (07/1988) brazilian in kannapolis’ rotation? his ratios look pretty good
A: I don’t know anything about him other than the numbers at this point. Will have to research.
Stay tuned for the answer!
Brent Morel, 3B/SS, White Sox (Triple-A Charlotte): 2-for-4, K. 16-for-38 (.421) in last nine games and .318/.346/.478 since move to Triple-A; even more fascinating is that he’s playing shortstop with Viciedo’s return to Charlotte.
Goldstein on Morel’s SS defense: “Makes the plays he gets to, but limited range.”
Morel’s stats and splits.