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March 14, 2010

Ozzie Guillen loves him some C.J. Retherford. Nix and Lillibridge not so much.

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 14, 2010 7:20 pm
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The battle between Jayson Nix and Brent Lillibridge for that final reserve spot is still a dead heat.

Unfortunately, both players fall under the category of “disappointing,” so manager Ozzie Guillen is hoping that it could only get better.

… Guillen was critical of both players last season, especially with the fact that he felt they focused to much on being power hitters rather than hitting the ball on the ground and using their legs.

With Nix and Lillibridge scuffling that has also opened the door for rookies Jordan Danks and C.J. Retherford. Guillen has been gushing over the younger Danks brother since the start of camp, but Retherford has played his way into Guillen’s sights. …


February 20, 2010

Gordon Beckham arrives in Glendale for Spring Training

Merkin: Gordon Beckham already has arrived. Taking clubhouse ribbing from Matt Thornton about media waiting to talk to him.

merkin: Other non-catching position players on hand were Andruw Jones, Juan Pierre, and C.J. Retherford,

more on Andruw:

Andruw Jones was one of the early arrivals in White Sox camp, and the former Gold Glove Award winner vowed that he isn’t washed up. “I still have a lot of gas left in the tank,” Jones said Saturday morning after working out with teammate Juan Pierre. …

J.J. Putz feels good:

Among those were newcomer J.J. Putz, who said his right elbow feels great about seven months following surgery to repair bone chips. “I threw a bullpen (Friday) and another one on Tuesday, and everything feels good,” said Putz, who rehabbed his elbow in Phoenix under the supervision of therapist Brett Fischer. …

February 12, 2010

Chicago White Sox Top-15 Prospects of 2010, No’s 6-15

Alex Eisenberg posts the 6-15 part of his Sox prospect list. Here’s a sample from Dayan Viciedo’s scouting report:

Viciedo struggled to consistently center the ball, swinging through fastballs or fouling them off, but when he did connect, the contact was usually of the hard variety. Part of the problem was Viciedo swinging for the fences more often than not. He swings extremely hard and doesn’t adjust for the situation at hand, making it more difficult for him to center the ball.

*Credit to TriB81

Viciedo has tremendous raw strength and plenty of bat speed. In addition, he’s able to keep his swing relatively short in the process though he does wrap his bat behind his head, which adds to the length.

Viciedo also has to work on keeping his weight back as he gets too far out in front on his front foot at times. This happens often when he’s thrown an off-speed pitch and usually you’ll see him ground out meekly as a result.

It’s easy to forget that Viciedo is just 20 y/o and we have to ask ourselves how many other 20 y/o prospects would fare in Double-A in their first season of pro ball? I think most would say not well. …

Part 1: Chicago White Sox Top-15 Prospects of 2010, No’s 1 – 5.

February 11, 2010

FutureSox examines TotalZone (defense) numbers for Sox prospects

Viciedo’s TZ number is interesting:

Much has been made of Dayan Viciedo’s poor defensive ability, but as you can see, TotalZone likes him and had him pegged as a +4 run fielder over 130 games. It is expected that Viciedo will make the transition to first base this year, likely starting at Charlotte, and he certainly made his fair share of errors last year, but TZ indicates he may have had a future at 3B. The scouts disagree citing his lack of range and concentration as his main flaws.

January 14, 2010

Sox sign Daniel Cabrera


The Chicago White Sox have agreed to terms on minor-league contracts with right-handed pitchers Greg Aquino and Daniel Cabrera, left-handed pitcher Erick Threets, infielder Freddie Bynum and outfielder Jason Botts.

The Cabrera signing is new. Stats: Cabrera. Stats for others: Bynum, Botts, Aquino, Threets.

Those 5 were invited to Spring Training. Also, Jordan Danks, Jared Mitchell, Brent Morel, and C.J. Retherford highlight the 10 players within the Sox system that were invited to Spring Training. More organization invitees: Charlie Leesman, Josh Phegley.

UPDATE: The other 4 organization invitees are C Miguel Gonzalez, C Donny Lucy, OF Josh Kroegar, and RHP Ryan Braun. Pitchers and catchers report to camp on February 21, position players on February 26. Here’s FutureSox’ post.

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.

January 8, 2010

C.J. Retherford tries catching

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 8, 2010 8:51 pm

From Merkin’s Sox minicamp article:

One of the more interesting twists from this weekend involves C.J. Retherford, the solid-hitting Minor League infielder who launched the game-winning home run in the 2009 Arizona Fall League title game.

Much like his work during instructional league action, Retherford will have a chance to catch at the minicamp.

“He did a good job at the instructional league, although I don’t know about his transfer and throws,” said Bell of Retherford’s catching. “He’s seen as more of a super-utility guy. He can play anywhere on the field, and catching makes him even more valuable.”

January 4, 2010

FutureSox compares Sox prospect rankings


Today, Baseball America released their top ten prospect rankings for the White Sox. This means all of the major prospect publications have released their White Sox rankings. Let’s take a look at the differences from each and try to figure out what it all means.

We’ve gathered six White Sox top 10s from Baseball America, Baseball Prospectus, Fan Graphs, John Sickels’ Minor League Ball, Diamond Futures and our own postseason rankings. Fan Graphs does things a little differently, they don’t include 2009 rookies in their rankings due to a lack of sample size, so you have to take that into account. …

I’d go Hudson-Flowers-Mitchell for my Top 3.

December 11, 2009

2009 All-FutureSox Team


We wanted to make an all-star team of sorts for FutureSox, but fielding an ‘all-prospect’ team would be as easy as picking the top player at each position from our 2009 Postseason Top 25 Prospects. Clearly that would be somewhat redundant. Instead, we decided to create the All-FutureSox Team as the best performers of 2009. Forget age and park adjustments, this is simple stats. Who had the most productive year for his minor league team(s)? That’s what this is. ..

December 9, 2009

John Sickels 2010 Top 20 Sox prospects


1) Dan Hudson, RHP, Grade B [changed to B+]
2) Jared Mitchell, OF, Grade B
3) Tyler Flowers, C, Grade B
4) Brent Morel, 3B, Grade B-
5) Jordan Danks, OF, Grade C+
6) Dayan Viciedo, 3B, Grade C+ …

Go to the link for descriptions and the entire list.

December 1, 2009

Fangraph’s Top 10 Sox prospects

Marc Hulet ranks the Top 10 Sox prospects. Tyler Flowers is on top of the list:

Flowers should be ready to take over the full-time catching chores right around the time that veteran incumbent A.J. Pierzynski’s contract runs out after 2010. The right-handed catching prospect has impressive power (.246 ISO in double-A) and he hasn’t hit below .279 in any season since 2006. Flowers began the year in double-A in ‘09 and hit .302/.445/.548 in 248 at-bats, before moving up to triple-A where he hit .286/.364/.438 in 105 at-bats.

November 23, 2009

SoxMachine’s AFL Review

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 23, 2009 2:56 pm
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… Watching Danks from the center field cam instead of from the side, that’s who he reminded me of, which isn’t good. Especially since Erstad once had good bat speed, but lost it as age and injuries took their toll.  If Danks can be busted with fastballs in — just like Ryan Sweeney, and just like Jerry Owens if you want to keep it to age-relevant types — it’s going to be an uphill climb.

The good news is that Danks handled all chances in center with ease, even with the dreaded high sky causing problems for others.  He also can take a pitch, and when you package it all together, you get a guy who can be useful. He’s just not a bat anybody should be counting on.

FutureSox’ AFL Review


Jordan Danks finished in the top five in hits, walks and OBP and led the league in runs scored (31). Danks plays good center field and the scouts agreed in various reports out of Arizona. He had a great walk rate (20 in 99 AB) and hit .343, but the concern has been contact rate and he did nothing to change that. He struck out in almost 22% of his plate appearances in Arizona, staying in line with his 2009 numbers in Winston-Salem and Birmingham. He doesn’t project to hit for big power so he will need to improve that to be a successful hitter in the Majors. At the same time, a good defensive center fielder that can get on-base will always have a job. …

BTW, the Tribune has some numbers here.

November 21, 2009

AFL Championship game [UPDATE: Peoria wins!] (video)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 21, 2009 2:26 pm
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Phoenix Desert Dogs vs. Peoria Javelinas: Boxscore, Gameday. Jordan Danks is playing CF. Brent Morel is playing 3B. C.J. Retherford is playing 2B. Weather: 70 degrees, sunny.

Watch the free live webcast at MLB.com or turn your TV at the MLB Network.

UPDATE: Peoria won 5-4:

Jordan Danks: 0-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Brent Morel: 2-4
C.J. Retherford: 1-3, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB
Sergio Santos: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 K, 0 BB, 0 HR

Bottom of the 8th, 1 out, Peoria down 4-3: C.J. Retherford hits a 2-run HR and puts Peoria up 5-4. That was the final score. MLB.com story here. Baseball America recap here.

VIDEO: C.J. Retherford’s 2-run HR (0:46). More AFL videos here.

AFL Championship: lineups, times and broadcasts

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 21, 2009 4:01 am
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From MLBazFallLeague:

Peoria Javelinas lineup: Ackley 7, Danks 8, Mitchell 3, Morel 5, Lambo DH, Wells 9, Lucroy 2, Retherfoed 4, Iorg 6. SP: Anthony Varvaro.

Phoenix Desert Dogs lineup: Angle 8, Espinosa 6, C. Brown 9, Marrero 3, Desme 7, Bell 5, Ashley 2, Weeks 4, O’Malley DH. SP: Mitch Talbot.

Broadcasts: MLB Network on TV and FREE LIVE WEBCAST on MLB.com, today on 1:30 pm CT (2:30 pm ET). Game time: 1:45 pm CT (2:45 pm ET). Victor Rojas & Tony Clark on the call.

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