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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.”


March 25, 2012

Did Alexei Ramirez bulk up?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 25, 2012 11:30 pm
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BTW, Scott Merkin has a cool article about how much grateful Alexei is for Jose Contreras’ influence on him on and off the diamond.

Other White Sox links:

And BTB’s Lewie Pollis updates the ‘The Simple WAR calculator’ to version 2.0.

October 29, 2011

Buddy Bell sure likes Terry Doyle; Terry Doyle sure likes teaching

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 29, 2011 10:00 pm
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Buddy Bell talks about Terry Doyle in Mark Gonzales’ article:

“It’s amazing what you can do in this game with a heart and a brain,” Bell wrote in an email. “This guy epitomizes that. We have liked him from the beginning, and I don’t think there is anyone who can figure out why he was such a late-rounder. He knew how to pitch when he got here. It’s probably because he just doesn’t profile as a major leaguer.”

Doyle on school and teaching:

If Doyle had not been selected to pitch for the Mesa Solar Sox in the AFL, he likely would have returned to his hometown of Warwick, R.I., to teach.

“My whole life I’ve been a good student,” said Doyle, who graduated from Boston College. “I’ve always enjoyed school. I had a lot of respect for my coaches, who are teachers.

“It’s just a sport instead of a subject. I’ve always had lot of respect for my coaches and teachers because they do a lot of work, and it’s almost selfless work. Having all these people help is unbelievable.”

It sure is a lot of work and selfless work. And some people think the problem with today’s schools is with the teachers. No, the problem is the ever-increasing child poverty rates.

As a student-teacher, Doyle instructed algebra, algebra II and pre-calculus classes. As a substitute teacher, Doyle rotates through Warwick’s three high schools and four junior highs.

“If I go to regular teaching, I would like to have those more advanced calculus classes just because they’re more entertaining for me than regular algebra,” Doyle said.

A numbers guy! Cool! Very Cool!

Other White Sox links:

October 7, 2011

Sox ask and are granted permission to talk with Phillies minor-league manager Mark Parent

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 7, 2011 10:05 pm
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Jim Salisbury:

The Chicago White Sox have asked for and been granted permission to speak with Phillies minor-league manager Mark Parent about a job on their major league coaching staff, according to a baseball source.

Parent is the manager of the AA-Reading. Is Parent being considered for the bench coach job? Kenny said he’ll likely stay in-house for the hitting coach, but he’d ask for permission to speak to the bench coach guy Ventura wants.

BTW, Brett Ballantini has Buddy Bell on top of the list:

While minor league director Buddy Bell has been adamant about never wanting to manage again, Williams initially misspoke and implied Bell would be on Ventura’s staff, then caught himself and said the executive staff would be supportive. That doesn’t lock in Bell as the guy the White Sox are seeking permission from (the Kansas City Royals) to become bench coach, but it does shoot him to the top of the list.

Other White Sox links:

June 9, 2011

White Sox farm system magically improves

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 9, 2011 3:35 am
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Merkin @ CWS:

And there appears to be more help along the way.

“You know, [Minor League Director] Buddy Bell and I spent a lot of time with each other over the last few days, and I’m very encouraged by what I see on video as well as what I’m hearing from Buddy and some of the coaches, so yeah,” White Sox general manager Kenny Williams said. “And we’ve already got some guys that are here that kind of shot through the system. I think that’s a testimony to our scouting with Beckham and Morel and also the player development.”

It’s magic I tell you!

Other White Sox links: Mike look’s at Adam Dunn’s struggles and relays a interesting [visually] idea.

September 13, 2010

Buddy Bell: Kenny Williams pushed the White Sox to draft Chris Sale

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 13, 2010 9:36 pm
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Chris Sale was mentioned on the latest issue of ‘Sporting News’:

White Sox director of player development Buddy Bell had the following to say about Sale.

“From the beginning, Kenny (Williams, the Sox’s G.M.) is really the one who pushed this through. He felt along that Chris could help the major league club at some point this year. The thing about Chris is he’s a very mature kid. He has no fear at all. He’s competitive. He pitches in the mid-90s, and he’s throwing his breaking ball and changeup for strikes. That’s an usual combination for any young pitcher. The plan all along is to get him back into the rotation, but he’s been so successful out of the bullpen. That’s a good problem to have.”

July 5, 2010

John Danks to Jordan Danks: Less strikeouts, more bunts

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 5, 2010 1:44 pm
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Ryan Wood @ CO:

He [John] tells Jordan what the coaches say he needs to improve – from striking out less to bunting more.

“John’s been here to help me out along the way, which he has for my whole career,” Jordan says. “Coming into professional baseball, there were no secrets. I knew exactly what to expect just because I’d seen him go through the process.” …

Jordan Danks statistics: not good after the jump to AA.

June 27, 2010

Buddy Bell’s minor-league philosophy

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 27, 2010 12:21 pm
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Manch @ GF Trib:

Buddy Bell’s job with the Chicago White Sox is in player development, which means he’s constantly assessing talent and judging the potential of minor-league prospects.And that doesn’t always mean he’s looking for prodigious power and 100 mph fastballs.

“I watch for kids who aren’t afraid to make mistakes,” said Bell, the former major-league star who was in Great Falls over the weekend to watch the Voyagers. “These guys have to have enough courage to keep getting after it.

“More than anything, I watch how kids respond to failure. Because if you can’t get up off the canvas, you can’t play this game.

April 14, 2010

Buddy Bell interview

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 14, 2010 8:08 pm
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Buddy Bell on Tyler Flowers:

“We are trying to transition him back to the basics to get back to where he was last season….Too many thoughts, you just can’t play [the game that way].”

On his offense

“We think the world of him offensively. Very intelligent kid.”

March 31, 2010

Don Cooper on Sergio Santos

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 31, 2010 12:50 am
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“If he continues to progress and learn and work on things, and if he stays healthy, there’s no reason to think by sometime late in the year or maybe next year, he’s got a chance to be a strong setup guy with the possibility of maybe being a closer,” Cooper said. …

March 25, 2010

Buddy Bell’s conference call

FutureSox notes from Buddy Bell’s conference call:

  • On Dayan Viciedo: “He has such great hands. He can sit back and drive the ball the other way.” However, he said Dayan gets opposite field happy and gets anxious. They are trying to get him to stay behind the ball more because he is so quick.
  • David Holmberg looks real good. He has great instincts for his age, but they will be slower with him this year because there are older guys they need to see at a higher level. He has big upside. The coaches don’t have to tell him twice what to do.

Buddy Bell mentions correcting Tyler Flowers’ swing like Kenny Williams.

He also touches on Gregory Infante, Dan Remenowsky, C.J. Retherford, Jordan Danks, John Shelby, Kyle Bellamy.

January 21, 2010

John Sickels on Jared Mitchell

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 21, 2010 10:40 pm
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… Mitchell is an amazing athlete with excellent speed and plenty of physical strength. He doesn’t show much home run power yet, but many scouts think he’ll develop at least 10-15 home run power to go with 40-50 steal potential. Unlike most raw tools players, Mitchell works counts and draws plenty of walks, boosting his on-base percentage. His swing is very smooth at times, but he goes through phases where he can’t make contact, giving him a high strikeout rate that could be an issue as he moves up. He is still learning how to steal bases, and scouts have sometimes criticized his outfield routes, although I think the latter issue is overblown and reviews on his glovework in the Sally League were positive. He’s intelligent and coaches praise his makeup and work ethic. I really like Mitchell a lot, and while he has work to do refining his game, his upside is very high and I think he’s already made a great deal of progress refining it. My main worry is that the White Sox will rush him before he’s ready. Grade B.


Jared Mitchell, OF, Grade B: Great tools, draws walks, somewhat worried about the strikeouts, but a great ceiling.

As jeeves pointed out though Buddy Bell said don’t worry about rushing Mitchell:

[Buddy] Bell said the White Sox “will be slower with him then we would be with most No. 1 picks.”

January 11, 2010

Buddy Bell on C.J. Retherford

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 11, 2010 6:55 pm
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“He’s kind of a beer league guy who just plays,” said a laughing Bell of Retherford, who at 5-foot-11, 190 pounds, doesn’t have the prototype build of a Major Leaguer. “He looks like he’s playing in the backyard. Nobody expects a whole lot, but he just plays hard, and he figures it out.”

… But in order to make himself a more versatile option — even as soon as this upcoming Spring Training — Retherford has added catching to his repertoire. His focus might fall on that part-time, amalgamation of positions, but Retherford possesses the moxie to go with the hitting resume to be an everyday player.

December 3, 2009

Buddy Bell on the 2009 Draft

Buddy explains things:

“That’s something we hadn’t done much in the past,” player development director Buddy Bell noted. “Before I got here, most of the players we took were more from the college level. But by design we wanted to get higher-ceiling guys out of high school who we could project.”

BTW, here’s the article’s secondary title: “Mitchell, Phegley, Thompson on fast track to Major Leagues”

Trayce Thompson is on the fast track?

Buddy Bell loves Dayan Viciedo

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ December 3, 2009 12:53 pm
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Buddy thinks Viciedo had a great year in Birmingham:

“One of our biggest concerns with him was the culture,” Bell said. “The kid turned out to be maybe the best teammate we had at Birmingham … He’s a great kid.”

Bell compares the 20-year-old Viciedo to the Angels’ Kendry Morales, a more experienced Cuban who needed 309 games in the minor leagues before establishing himself as a big-leaguer. “He’ll figure it out,” Bell said of Viciedo. “He’s so strong. He’s going to be a good big-league hitter.” …

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