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July 16, 2010

2 K / 1 BB for Chris Sale on his Charlotte debut

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 16, 2010 9:08 pm
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Marquez, J (W, 8-4) 6.0 2 1 1 2 5 0 3.87
Sale 1.0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0.00
Santeliz 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5.51
Nunez, J 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4.74
Braun 1.0 2 3 2 1 3 1 2.40
Pitches-strikes: Sale 18-12
Groundouts-flyouts: Sale 1-0
Batters faced: Sale 4

July 15, 2010

Don Cooper satisfied with Chris Sale’s pitch location

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 15, 2010 10:28 pm
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The 21-year-old southpaw gave up one run over four innings for the Dash, while striking out four and walking two. But outstanding location on all of his pitches served as the best news White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper heard when talking to Winston-Salem pitching coach Bobby Thigpen.

“I talked to Thiggy about him the other day, and I received a very, very good report,” Cooper said. “The thing I remember [Thigpen] saying, for however long [Sale] was there, was he didn’t throw a pitch above the knees.

“He’s obviously an advanced kid. We would not be doing what we were doing if he was not giving us reason to do it.”

July 14, 2010

Juan Silverio promoted to Class A Kannapolis Intimidators and more

Mansch @ GF Tribune:

The Voyagers, who open a three-game series tonight in Casper, Wyo., against the Ghosts, will be without star third baseman Juan Silverio, who Tuesday was promoted to Single-A Kannapolis in the Sally League. Silverio was hitting .299 with team-high totals of 26 hits, nine doubles, three homers, 16 RBIs and 44 total bases.Cron said he is happy for Silverio, a 19-year-old from the Dominican Republic.

“That’s kind of what it’s all about,” he said of the promotion. “Juan came here with a nice positive attitude and worked his tail off to produce. He did a great job for us and he deserves a chance to move up. At the same time I feel real good about the guys who are going to step in there.”

Hopefully things go better this time.

UPDATE: FutureSox’ has more.

July 13, 2010

Chris Sale promoted to Class AAA Charlotte Knights

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 13, 2010 1:01 am
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Tommy Bowman @ The Winston-Salem Journal:

Manager Joe McEwing said that there was other cause for celebration last night, although Dash fans might not share as much enthusiasm. Three players — closer Kyle Bellamy, shortstop Eduardo Escobar and reliever Chris Sale — all will move up the Chicago White Sox ladder today.

Escobar, who hit .285 and scored a team-leading 57th run last night, and Bellamy, who improved to 5-0 with a 1.52 earned-run average with a victory in relief last night, have been reassigned to Class AA Birmingham. Sale, a first-round pick in last month’s major-league draft, is being bumped up to Class AAA Charlotte.

“This is the fun part of the job,” McEwing said. “To see the kids get closer to their dream is pretty rewarding.”

UPDATE: Sale’s reaction:

“I was stunned at first,” said Sale, who gave up two runs, one earned, in his one inning of work.” They said, ‘You did fine and got yourself out of a jam.’ Then they said, ‘You’re going to Triple A. Congratulations.’ It was like, ‘Wow.’ ”

July 9, 2010

THT Fantasy on Dan Hudson

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 9, 2010 8:29 pm
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Gross @ THT:

Daniel Hudson | Chicago (AL) | P | 2% Yahoo Ownership

YTD: 3.47 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 10.4 K/9, 3.48 K/BB (AAA)

True Talent: 4.10 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 8.5 K/9, 2.40 K/BB …

Jordan Danks on track to be a MLB outfielder?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 9, 2010 12:01 pm
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Phil Rogers:

Looking at Jordan Danks’ raw numbers from 2010 — .240-6-31 with 14 stolen bases and a .306 on-base percentage — it would seem like he could be easily included in a deal. But Danks’ standing with the Sox actually has increased with his performance at Triple-A. He has shown a lot of toughness in playing through injuries and remains very much on track to crack Guillen’s roster the next time there’s an opening for an outfielder (Juan Pierre, Alex Rios and Carlos Quentin are all under control for 2011).

Take a look on his AA and beyond numbers Phil.

July 7, 2010

Jake Peavy to the DL with “detached latissimus dorsi muscle in his right posterior shoulder”

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 7, 2010 3:09 pm
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White Sox Press Release:

Prior to tonight’s game vs. the Los Angeles Angels, the Chicago White Sox placed right-handed pitcher Jake Peavy on the 15-day disabled list with a detached latissimus dorsi muscle in his right posterior shoulder and recalled right-hander Jeffrey Marquez from Class AAA Charlotte.

… Marquez, who has no major-league experience, will wear uniform No. 48.

Chris DeLuca:

Detatched lat for Peavy likely means he’s out till Sept. best-case. White Sox will pursue starter on trade market.

Dan Hudson says hi.

UPDATE: Peavy’s injury will probably require surgery. And that likely means the season is over for Peavy.

UPDATE #2: Will Carroll wonders if Peavy will be able to come back at all:

Injury expert Will Carroll immediately tweeted a dark diagnosis for Peavy. In a video released Wednesday afternoon, Carroll pointed to Oakland starter Ben Sheets, St. Louis starter Brad Penny and Boston ace Josh Beckett as injury comps for Peavy, but in each case, the pitchers merely had to recover from strains, not full tears.

“Can he come back at all becomes the question,” Carroll said.

UPDATE #3: Mark Gonzales also wonders about Peavy’s career:

The probable loss of Jake Peavy for the rest of the season cast an uncertain pall on the White Sox’s postseason hopes as well as the long-term future of their marquee pitcher. …

UPDATE #4: Video of Peavy’s comments (4:37).

Will Carroll agrees he’s out for this year but he sounds a bit optimistic for Peavy coming back afterwards:

The question now becomes whether or not Peavy can come back at all. There are no comparables for this. Again, I went to my doctors and therapists, who think that he can come back. “It’s not a cuff,” said one ortho, “and putting the muscle back in place isn’t difficult. It’s an anchor. It’s not like there’s multiple structures or ways to do it really.” A physical therapist put it more succinctly: “If a nail comes out of your wall, you hammer it back in place. That’s all this is.” We’ve seen players come back from detached muscles before.

And another animation of the injury, this one by ESPN’s injury guru, here.

Is Dan Hudson is getting called up? not yet [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 7, 2010 1:48 pm
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Jonathan Mayo on the MLB futures games roster (twitter):

[Anthony] Slama and [Bryan] Morris added because phillies Jarred Cosart is on the DL and whitesox Dan Hudson is getting called up

Scott Merkin (twitter):

Daniel Hudson out of the #mlbfutures game, almost certainly meaning he will pitch Sunday for the whitesox

Mark Gonzales says not so fast (twitter):

Peavy DL, Marquez promoted.

UPDATE: Mark Gonzales explains:

He likely will be available in relief for the next four games.

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.

July 1, 2010

John Sickels on Dan Hudson

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 1, 2010 1:17 pm
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John Sickels:

White Sox prospect Dan Hudson is currently having a strong season in Triple-A: 11-3, 3.57, 102/29 K/BB in 88 innings, 78 hits for Charlotte. The K/IP ratio is a huge positive, and his control has been good, the only negative is a fairly high home run rate with 12 dingers given up. Overall, though, he’s having a fine campaign that consolidates the progress he made last year, when he began the season in the Sally League and ended it in the majors. I think he’s going to be a better pitcher than some who rank higher on most prospect lists.

And Kevin Goldstein:

Dan Hudson, RHP, White Sox (Triple-A Charlotte): 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K. Dominant of late; 2.06 ERA in last eight starts with twice as many strikeouts (54) than hits allowed (27) in 48 innings.

And FutureSox:

Hudson has been terrific this year, but if there’s one quip, it’s that he doesn’t usually last past the 6th inning, so perhaps efficiency is something for him to work on.

And a video interview (9:14).

June 22, 2010

Dan Hudson was selected for the Futures Game

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 22, 2010 8:58 pm
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While a call up to the Majors is not yet in the offing for Hudson, one of the talents mentioned by Williams, the right-hander has been honored in another way. Hudson was selected to take part in the XM All-Star Futures Game, as part of the U.S. Team roster, featuring many of the top Minor League prospects in baseball.

Mark Buehrle, John Danks, Gavin Floyd and Alex Rios are just some of the players on the current White Sox roster who have previously played in this game. Hudson posted a 14-5 record with a 2.32 ERA and 166 strikeouts in 26 starts over four Minor League stops for the White Sox last season and has followed up that stellar effort with a 9-3 record and 3.89 ERA in 14 starts for Triple-A Charlotte this season.

… The 12th annual Futures Game can be seen live on MLB.TV, ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD and followed live on MLB.com’s Gameday. In addition, XM Radio will broadcast play-by-play coverage of the event live on XM 175. MLB.com will also provide complete coverage before, during and after the game.

5 pm CT on Sunday, July 2 @ Angels Stadium in Anaheim, CA.

Lingo @ BA:

Hudson made his major league debut last season and is ready to contribute in Chicago whenever the club needs him. He offers three solid pitches with natural deception and strong command.

June 20, 2010

White Sox agree to terms with 1st round draft pick Chris Sale

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 20, 2010 7:20 pm
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When Chris Sale started to slide in the first round of the draft because of signability, it was a surprise that the thrifty White Sox were the team that selected him. Now comes a bigger surprise: the first- or second-rated college pitcher on most draft boards has agreed to terms for a bonus equal to MLB’s bonus recommendation for his No. 13 slot a year ago: $1.656 million.

Sale will take a physical on Monday and likely will sign his deal on Tuesday. He’s the highest-drafted player to agree to terms so far this summer. … While Sale will get less money than anticipated, the White Sox will give him every opportunity to crash their big league bullpen, perhaps as early as August. He’ll initially report to high Class A Winston-Salem, with an anticipated promotion to Triple-A Charlotte in mid-July. After spending this summer as a reliever, he’ll work in the Arizona Fall League as a starter and get the opportunity to make Chicago’s rotation in spring training next year.

Here’s video (mlb.com), a scouting report (mlb.com), another scouting report (baseballdailydigest.com), and his college stats:

Year era w-l app gs cg sho sv ip h r er bb so 2b 3b hr bf bavg wp hbp bk sfa sha
2008…. 3.47 2-0 21 1 0 0/1 2 36.1 36 15 14 10 43 4 1 2 157 .254 1 4 0 1 0
2009…. 2.72 7-4 14 12 1 0/0 1 89.1 83 43 27 27 104 16 1 7 378 .246 4 5 0 3 6
TOTAL… 2.94 9-4 35 13 1 0/1 3 125.2 119 58 41 37 147 20 2 9 535 .248 5 9 0 4 6

More Chris Sale coverage here: reports from Kevin Goldstein, Jim Callis, John Sickels.

Also, What made Chris Sale adopt a three quarter delivery when pitching?

UPDATE: Gonzales:

As for the perceived discount the Sox might have received by agreeing to terms less than two weeks after the draft, Sale has a chance to more than make up any difference with a major league promotion that would start his service time clock.

In addition, that also would include a placement on the 40-man roster with a chance to make the major league team out of spring training in 2011.

June 13, 2010

9 K / 3 BB in 6.0 IP for Dan Hudson today (6/13)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 13, 2010 7:55 pm
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Hudson, D (L, 8-3) 6.0 4 3 3 3 9 2 3.91
Whisler 1.1 3 0 0 0 1 0 5.02
Braun 1.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 2.48
Threets 0.2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.87

June 11, 2010

Dan Hudson makes it to another Baseball America prospect hot sheet

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 11, 2010 1:42 pm
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At #5:

Team: Triple-A Charlotte (White Sox)

Age: 23

Why He’s Here: 1-0, 0.00, 7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 10 Ks

The Scoop: Dan Hudson is playing a waiting game at this point. He struggled in April as he got over the disappointment of not making the big league roster, but since then, he’s 6-0, 2.02 in his last eight starts. He’s been even better this month, as he’s allowed one run in 12 innings. But even though the White Sox’s starting rotation has been a serious disappointment (John Danks is the only starter with an ERA under 4.80), there’s no obvious candidate to be released, so Hudson will likely have to wait until an injury or the White Sox go into fire-sale mode to make it back to the big leagues.

Tyler Flowers gets a mention too.

June 10, 2010

6/8: 10 K / 0 BB for Dan Hudson, 6/4: 8 K / 0 BB for Terry Doyle

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 10, 2010 12:27 pm
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Hudson, D (W, 8-2) 7.0 5 0 0 0 10 0 3.86
Nunez, J (S, 1) 2.0 2 0 0 0 2 0 6.00


Doyle (W, 2-2) 8.0 4 0 0 0 8 0 2.77
Bellamy (S, 2) 1.0 2 1 1 0 2 0 1.63

And 6/4:

Doyle 7.1 3 2 2 0 4 0 2.70
Infante (BS, 2)(L, 1-1) 0.2 2 1 1 1 1 0 3.14
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