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July 31, 2009

Sox looking for temporary fifth starter

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 31, 2009 8:12 pm
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General manager Ken Williams mentioned on Friday as to how Peavy, who has been on the disabled list with a strained tendon in his right ankle since June 13, will get on the mound Saturday. He will start an injury rehab program on Aug. 13 or 15 to get himself back into pitching shape after missing two months of the season. Peavy is expected back pitching at the Major League level in late August, but should that absence extend to early September, what other fifth-starter options do the White Sox possess? Factor in four off-days between Saturday and Sept. 11, and the White Sox will only need a fifth man for five starts — Aug. 10, 25 and 30, and Sept. 4 and 9. Choices other than Carrasco range from Carlos Torres, who came up from Triple-A Charlotte to make a spot-start on July 22 against the Rays, Freddy Garcia or currently disabled Bartolo Colon. Garcia was scheduled to start for Bristol on Friday, but the game was rained out.


July 23, 2009

Brian Anderson scouts Carlos Torres

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ July 23, 2009 12:35 am
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Mark Gonzales:

After watching Carlos Torres pitch six innings of three-run ball Wednesday night in his major league debut, it was easy to see why several professional scouts and Brian Anderson thought Torres was worthy of a shot in the majors. And after Torres didn’t allow himself into being goaded into declaring that he deserved another start, the Sox have found themselves with no worse than a pitcher who can help fortify their pitching staff in September. Torres, who spent 5 1/2 years in the Sox’s minor league system, expressed his appreciation for the Sox just to give him the chance. …

Video of Carlos Torres’ start.

July 22, 2009

Carlos Torres

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 22, 2009 2:18 pm

Mark Gonzales:

In addition to his fastball, Torres throws a cut fastball, slider and change-up.

July 21, 2009

John Danks to go on the DL?


But a corresponding roster move will need to be made with Torres’ arrival, and that move could involve a trip to the disabled list for Danks. It would be retroactive to the day after Friday’s first second-half start for Danks, who has an 8-6 record with a 3.98 ERA in 18 starts this season. Danks was unavailable for comment on Tuesday, as he was receiving treatment on the finger. Pitching coach Don Cooper simply is planning one start at a time.

Aside from Danks being down and out, the rest of the rotation remains the same. Mark Buehrle will finish the series Thursday against Tampa Bay, and Jose Contreras and Bartolo Colon appear to be Friday’s starters for the split doubleheader at Comerica Park against the Tigers. Gavin Floyd will get the call on Saturday. Sunday’s starter looks to be an unofficial to be announced. If Clayton Richard struggles again on Tuesday against the Rays and Danks is ready to go after the one-start absence, Danks could slide into Sunday night’s slot and Richard would move to the bullpen. That move probably would send hard-throwing rookie Aaron Poreda back to the Minors, although the White Sox will need to make another roster move when Colon is activated on Friday.

Hanging with Mr. Torres

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 21, 2009 6:05 pm
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Sox pitching coach Don Cooper on Carlos Torres:

“Mr. Torres has done a good job over the years in the system, and now he’s doing it in Triple-A. He’s got a good fastball. I think I saw it the other night at 92-94 in the Triple-A All-Star Game. That night I also saw him locate his fastball, throw some good curveballs and some cutters. The consensus from everyone around him is that he’s the right choice to come up here and fill in Danksi’s spot [Wednesday].”

More on John Danks at the link too.

Carlos Torres to start Wednesday (UPDATE)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 21, 2009 4:41 pm
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Mark Gonzales reports that Carlos Torres will make his MLB debut Wednesday:

John Danks will miss Wednesday night’s start because of a blister on his left index finger.

Carlos Torres, who was 8-4 with a 2.20 ERA at Triple-A Charlotte, will take Danks’ spot. Danks is scheduled to miss just one start.

BTW, here’s FS Carlos Torres’ scouting report.

UPDATE: Cowley has more on John Danks.

Sox call up Carlos Torres (UPDATE #2)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ July 21, 2009 12:01 pm
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Mark Gonzales:

Triple-A Charlotte pitcher Carlos Torres was scratched from his start Monday night, and a White Sox source said Torres was headed to Chicago for a promotion. Torres, 26, is 8-4 with a 2.20 ERA for the Knights. He has been used primarily as a starter this season, and several of Torres’ teammates who have made minor league rehabilitation assignments have been impressed with his control.

FS says Aaron Poreda will likely be demoted to Charlotte.

UPDATE #2: FS adds that Torres’ promotion will be short, as he will be demoted on Friday, to make room for Bartolo Colon.


July 20, 2009

Carlos Torres scouting report

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ July 20, 2009 3:09 pm
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Torres is a three pitch pitcher who features a fastball, slider and change. The fastball is Torres best pitch, not because of the velocity which is good (90-93), but because of the movement.

July 15, 2009

AAA All-Star game tonight

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ July 15, 2009 7:37 pm
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9:00 pm CT on ESPN2. Carlos Torres and Cole Armstrong will be representing Charlotte.

July 14, 2009

FutureSox’s Midseason Top 25 Sox Prospects

Here’s FutureSox’s Midseason Top 25 Sox Prospects list. I’d put Viciedo lower and, of course, my guy Jack Egbert higher.

July 2, 2009

Carlos Torres: International League (AAA) All-Star

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 2, 2009 2:57 pm
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Here are the full rosters.

July 1, 2009

SoxMachine’s Birmingham & Charlotte Minor League roundup

Dayan Viciedo is improving:

Viciedo’s numbers still aren’t impressive on the whole, but he’s making every necessary improvement right now.  Last month, it was all about the quality of his contact.  This time around, it’s his walks and strikeouts.  Check it out:

* April: 2 BB, 19 K
* May: 3 BB, 23 K
* June: 9 BB, 11 K

He also topped .400 in slugging for the first time in a month (.426), along with his career high in OBP (.342).  He’s still committing plenty of errors, but the Sox paid him to hit, and he’s following the correct curve right now.

BTW,  Jhonny Nunez was promoted to Charlotte.

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