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March 30, 2010

MLB.com’s 2010 Sox prospects and organization preview

Top 10 prospects:

Clevelan Santeliz, RHP: A setup man extraordinaire at Birmingham last summer, the Venezuelan prospect was added to the 40-man roster after posting an 0.96 ERA in 40 games and striking out 52 batters in 56 1/3 innings. He moved to the closer role at the end of the season and collected 10 saves. Throwing a fastball in the mid-90s and a plus slider, he pitches with a lot of energy and is a ton of fun to watch.

organization preview:

LHP David Holmberg (2[nd round]) is a high school star out of Florida who has four solid pitches, with a fastball that touches 90 mph, a 12-6 curve, a changeup and a slider. He also has a good feel for the mound.

RHP Kyle Bellamy (5) out of Miami is a fast-track prospect who combined for a 1.23 ERA in 20 games in relief between Bristol and Kannapolis, walking just two while striking out 32 in 22 innings. He limited hitters to a .169 average and then moved on to the Arizona Fall League, where he had a 1.59 ERA in five games.

RHP Justin Collop (6) out of Toledo had a 2.72 ERA in 15 games for Great Falls, striking out 33 in 39 2/3 innings and limiting Pioneer League hitters to a .257 average.

RHP Ryan Buch (8) out of Monmouth had the best fastball in the Draft class, one that touched the high 90s, as well as a curveball with plus potential. In 16 games in relief, he had a 3.38 ERA and limited hitters to a .183 average at Great Falls.

February 14, 2010

Getz him out of here

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 14, 2010 9:05 pm
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So, why the discussion about the White Sox fans and Juan Pierre, et al? Well, let’s temper that PECOTA Beta projection a bit, and assume that Getz also gets caught stealing a couple more times in 2010, and say that given 700 PA, he’d hit something like:

.280/.340/.390, with 40-6 on SB attempts.

The White Sox inexplicably decided to replace the above stat line from a nearly-average 2b defender with a left fielder whose average stats (per 700 PA) the past 5 years have been:

.289/.334/.364, with 58-18 on SB attempts.

And the replacement will cost $3 million in 2010 and %5 million in 2011. Getz will cost $400 thousand each year.

November 30, 2009

Boras tried to convince Kenny on signing Joe Crede

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 30, 2009 7:42 pm
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Kenny Williams, White Sox GM. The White Sox weren’t expected to do much, but they’ve already traded Chris Getz and Josh Fields for Mark Teahen, and signed Andruw Jones and Vizquel, two big-time former stars. Williams surprised folks by forging a deal with Boras for Jones, whom he has coveted for years (they tried many years ago to pry him away from the Braves). Boras, who’s had a sticky relationship with Williams, also tried to sell him on signing Crede rather than trading two young players for the talented unproven Teahen. But apparently détente has its limitations.

November 25, 2009

Gordon Beckham makes the Rookie All-Star team

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 25, 2009 10:55 am
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The Topps Company announced its 51st annual Topps Major League Rookie All-Star Team on Wednesday, with nine different teams represented and the White Sox being accounted for twice.

The squad consists of catcher Omir Santos (Mets), first baseman Travis Ishikawa (Giants), second baseman Chris Getz (White Sox), third baseman Gordon Beckham (White Sox), shortstop Elvis Andrus (Rangers), outfielders Chris Coghlan (Marlins), Andrew McCutchen (Pirates) and Nolan Reimold (Orioles), and pitchers Tommy Hanson (Braves) and J.A. Happ (Phillies). …

November 7, 2009

Teahen and $1 million?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 7, 2009 5:03 pm
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Mark Gonzales:

[Sox GM Kenny] Williams said the trade for Teahen from the Royals for second baseman Chris Getz and infielder Josh Fields, which was reported Thursday, needed approval from the commissioner’s office before an announcement could be made. The Sox also received a reported $1 million from the Royals.

Gonzales, also, says with Dye’s buyout the Sox are expected to look for another outfielder while keeping an eye an their own outfield prospect, Jordan Danks, in the Arizona Fall League.

November 6, 2009

Kenny on the Teahen deal; Podsednik talks disintegrate

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 6, 2009 4:38 pm
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“We’ve kept our eye on [Teahen] the last few years, asked about him last year and nothing materialized,’’ Williams said of the trade. “He’s a tough-nosed ballplayer. He was hurt last year and dragged his ass out there. He’s a winner.’’ It didn’t hurt that current minor league director Buddy Bell had Teahen under him when Bell was the Royals manager. “It’s about projection sometimes guys,’’ Williams said in response to those that might criticize the move. “The defensive fit, Buddy Bell’s experience with Mark in the clubhouse and having him on the field made him a pretty attractive player for us.’’ …

BTW, talks on bringing Scott Podsednik back appear to have broken down:

The other news to come out of Friday was that talks with Podsednik on staying atop the lineup for 2010 have broken down, meaning that Jordan Danks could be tabbed as the third outfielder/leadoff hitter. Williams said there was very little money for a free agent, making Chone Figgins a pipedream once again. “Money is tight,” Williams said. “Money is tight all over the world, certainly on the South Side. We’ll spend whatever we have available, but there’s not much.” “As far as Podsednik is concerned, we already had talks and a little bit of dialogue back and forth with him. It’s not likely based on what he wants so we’ll have to look elsewhere.”

Teahen trade official; Beckham moves to second base

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 6, 2009 4:32 pm
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“I didn’t know what city I was going to play in,” said Teahen, during a Friday morning conference call to announce Teahen’s trade to the White Sox, in exchange for starting second baseman Chris Getz and first baseman/third baseman Josh Fields. Rumors of the trade involving these three players began early Thursday morning, but none of the individuals involved really had anything confirmed. That confirmation came before the weekend began, with Teahen and cash considerations coming over from the Royals. And as for that position roulette experienced recently by Teahen? Well, general manager Ken Williams answered that question through his opening comments in Friday’s call. “He’s going to be the starting third base, and Gordon Beckham will be moved to second,” said Williams of Teahen and the infield configuration. “I had a very good conversation with Gordon, prior to pulling the trigger on this deal, and he’s all for it and ready to go.”

The reason for the delay was the cash that Kansas City send to the Sox:

The Teahen trade was delayed because the money exchanged by the two clubs had to be approved by the commissioner’s office, a common occurrence when $1 million or more is involved.

November 5, 2009

Did Joe Cowley punk us?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 5, 2009 6:39 pm
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According to reports on Thursday, the Royals’ Mark Teahen has been traded to the White Sox in exchange for second baseman Chris Getz and third baseman Josh Fields.

But hold on.

Neither club would confirm the reports, which surfaced first in the New York Daily News and later appeared on the Chicago Sun-Times Web site. …

Cowley says the holdup is over possible minor-league players involved:

A source close to the situation then confirmed to the Sun-Times that the deal was all but done, but there were still talks about the possibility of minor-league prospects being involved. There was the hold up.

THT on the Teahen trade

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 5, 2009 6:17 pm
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Evan Brunell says ‘Both sides come out ahead in Teahen swap‘:

The Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals hooked up for an intradivision trade the day after the World Series ended, agreeing to send 3B/RF Mark Teahen to the south side of Chicago in exchange for 2B Chris Getz and 3B Josh Fields. This trade is certainly no blockbuster, but the trade appears to be very telling on how each general manager is approaching the offseason and construction of its roster. Chicago is receiving a player that has a shot to knock 20 home runs in The Cell with a batting average around .270. He’s under control for two more arbitration years, and many seem to feel he’s a lock to be the White Sox’s new right-fielder with the departure of Jermaine Dye. I’m not so sure. …

BTB looks at the Teahen deal

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 5, 2009 5:21 pm
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A Bill Madden report has Teahen pegged to replace Jermaine Dye in right field next year. Throughout his career he’s logged nearly 2,500 innings in the outfield – mostly the corners – and has a -1 UZR to show for it. That’s not horrible, especially not when contrasted to Jermaine Dye’s dead-horse act the past few seasons. His bat is what it is. Over the last three years his wRAA have ranged from -8.5 to 1.4, with a -3.9 year thrown in for good measure. Given the move to a more hitter friendly park, Teahen’s raw offensive numbers should improve. He is 28-years-old and Cot’s accredits him with service time of 3.155 (years.days). Add a year and Teahen will become a free agent for the first time following the 2011 season. …

The Transaction Oracle looks at the Teahen and Kotsay deals

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 5, 2009 4:56 pm
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2010 ZiPS Projections
Player        AB   R    H  2B 3B  HR RBI  BB  SO  SB    BA   OBP   SLG  OPS+
Fields       411  48  100  20  2  12  49  41 120   7  .243  .314  .389   85
Getz         413  52  117  21  3   3  34  32  51  18  .283  .338  .370   88
Kotsay       290  30   79  16  1   4  35  22  33   3  .272  .321  .376   85
Teahen       526  72  136  26  4  18  57  48 136   8  .259  .324  .426   96

Sox trade for Mark Teahen

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 5, 2009 12:17 pm
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The White Sox have traded Josh Fields and Chris Getz to Kansas City in exchange for infielder-outfielder Mark Teahen, the White Sox have confirmed. Teahen hit .271 while connecting on 12 home runs and driving in 50 runs last season. The 28-year-old lefty has spent his entire five-year career with the Royals. The move likely means Jermaine Dye, who is a free agent, will be replaced in right field by Teahen. …

Stats: Teahen, Getz, Fields.

More from Cowley:

But if the versatile Teahen is now a South Sider, the deal could have been made to move Gordon Beckham to second base. Two weeks ago, manager Ozzie Guillen said that he saw Beckham as a future second baseman when asked if Beckham could ever return to his natural position of shortstop. The 28-year-old Teahen hit .271 with 12 homers and 50 RBI last season, and can play third base, as well as the outfield. The other option is that the Sox will play Teahen in the outfield, moving Beckham to second and clearing the way for the push to sign free agent-to-be Chone Figgins.

And Gonzales:

There also is the possibility that Teahen could take over at third base, with rookie sensation Gordon Beckham moving to second base. Teahen could maintain the third base position until Brent Morel is ready for the majors in 2012 or sooner.

September 29, 2009

Chris Getz to have sports hernia surgery

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 29, 2009 6:58 pm


Having to leave the team in order to have surgery on Thursday in Philadelphia was not the way the second baseman wanted his 2009 season to end, let alone to have that last day with his teammates day cut short because of bad weather, but there was one more light work session with hitting coach Greg Walker in the batting cages for Getz, and then off he goes. The lower oblique strain that put him on the 15-day disabled list back on Aug. 21 had still been bothering him, so Getz saw a specialist and a sports hernia was discovered. The plan was first to address it at the end of the season, but that plan went out the window now that the rest of the Sox schedule is basically meaningless. …

September 20, 2009

Ozzie to keep the same infield next year

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 20, 2009 7:26 pm
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Guillen reiterated on Sunday that he doesn’t see any changes coming for his infield in 2010. He likes the combination of Gordon Beckham at third, Alexei Ramirez at shortstop and Chris Getz at second base. “My infield is set. That’s going to be the team, hopefully,” Guillen said. “I’ll take the three kids. They play well and have a lot of energy and bring a lot of great stuff. Alexei has been better the past two months, Beckham is unbelievable the way he plays third. Nobody talks about Getz, but he’s a great baseball player.” Guillen also believes that Jayson Nix will continue to function as a top-notch utility player, including as an emergency outfielder.

September 15, 2009

Chris Getz’s and Gordon Beckham’s fantasy football team

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 15, 2009 12:28 am
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”Oh, Adrian Peterson is on … come on A.P.,” Beckham yelled out to no one in particular. After seeing Peterson get stuffed at the line on the first drive, he was already willing to trade the running back from his fantasy team.

Luckily he has a co-owner. The Yin to his Yang. The other rookie with a big future. ”Nice patience,” Chris Getz calmly said to Beckham, sounding more big brotherly than teammate.

Ten minutes later, Peterson had the first of his three touchdowns on the day. Beckham was still walking around the clubhouse hours before the Sunday game, the usual ball of energy that he is. Getz? He was taking a nap in a chair. …

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