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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.

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


March 19, 2012

White Sox vs. Reds @ 3:05 pm CT; free webcast [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 19, 2012 1:15 pm
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Watch webcast of Sale’s next rotation turn vs. Reds

Watch a free exclusive video webcast of left-hander Chris Sale and the White Sox in action today against the Reds at Camelback Ranch at 3:05 p.m. CT. Watch webcastGameday | Boxscore

UPDATE: It was the Chris Sale, Addison Reed, and Hector Santiago show:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Sale 6.0 2 0 0 0 6 0 5.40
Reed 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1.69
Santiago, H 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00
Bruney(L, 1-1) 1.0 2 1 1 1 0 0 1.50
Totals 9.0 4 1 1 1 9 0 5.14

It’s still Spring Training though…

March 14, 2012

White Sox vs. Angels @ 3:05 pm CT; free webcast

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 14, 2012 1:05 pm
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Watch exclusive webcast of Angels-White Sox tilt

Whitesox.com presents an exclusive free video webcast of Chris Sale and the White Sox in action against the Angels. Today’s first pitch is at 3:05 p.m. CT. Chris Sale is making his 2nd spring training start. He is scheduled to throw 3 innings or 60 pitches. Nestor Molina, also, will is scheduled to throw 2 innings or 40 pitches. Watch webcast | Gameday | Boxscore

Or click the video below and wait 4-5 seconds (the video at the whitesox.com webcast can be expanded to full-screen):


March 10, 2012

Chris Sale hates walks

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 10, 2012 10:00 pm

Scott Merkin:

Location on the fastball was center cut, as illustrated by Sale during his postgame media session. But the walk hit harder with Sale, even at this early stage of Spring Training.”It absolutely kills you every time,” said Sale of free passes. “Home runs happen, but walks are something you can control. You get two outs and walk a guy, it brings up another hitter. And look what happened.

“Just two-out walk, 0-2 home run, those things can’t happen. I don’t think it was the wrong pitch by any means. It was the wrong location. That one’s on me.”

Sale, also, isn’t a fan of the ‘I got my work in’ attitude:

“I don’t look back on this by any means and say, ‘I got my work in. I threw my pitches. All in all, not a bad day,'” said Sale, who allowed three runs on three hits over three innings. “That’s not the mindset at all. I’ve got to be better than that, and I got this week to do that.”

I like Sale’s attitude.

March 9, 2012

Chris Sale makes his starting pitching debut in 1 hour in WGN-TV [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 9, 2012 1:00 pm
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Chris Sale and the White Sox face the Cubs, who send Travis Wood to the mound in Glendale at 2:05 CT. The game is televised on WGN; WSCR has the radio feed. Gameday | Boxscore

UPDATE: Sale had a good outing. 4 K and 1 BB in 3 innings. MLB.com has a 1 minute video from his outing. Nestor Molina had a good outing too. 2 K and 0 BB in 2 innings. Unfortunately Camelback Ranch isn’t Pitch F/X equipped.

February 29, 2012

Chris Sale’s 1st Spring Training start: Friday, March 9, 2 pm CT @ WGN-TV [UPDATE]

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Broadcast Schedule.

UPDATE: First 5 starts:

John Danks is set to start the team’s Cactus league road opener on Tuesday in Tempe against the Angels, with Jake Peavy pitching Wednesday at home against the Brewers and Gavin Floyd on Thursday in Surprise against the two-time defending American League champs from Texas. With Chris Sale pitching Friday in Glendale against the Cubs, the opening rotation appears to be set up, although nothing official has been announced by manager Robin Ventura past Humber on Monday.

Jose Quintana starts Monday’s “B” game against the Indians, with Simon Castro and Brian Bruney also pitching. Will Ohman, Jesse Crain, Addison Reed, Hector Santiago, Pedro Hernandez, Charlie Leesman and Nestor Molina pitch Monday after Humber, who is ready to test his early work in actual games.

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February 24, 2012

Chris Sale bulks up. Jake Peavy bulks down. [UPDATE]

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February 18, 2012

Brian Anderson news!

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 18, 2012 12:00 am
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Scott Merkin:

“It might sound arrogant, but I know how good I am at pitching,” Anderson told MLB.com during a recent interview. “I’m extremely talented on the mound, and I want to prove it to people.

“Some people might think this is a joke, and wonder ‘Why doesn’t he just retire?’ Well, they are entitled to their own opinions. I appreciate all the support fans showed me in Chicago, and how they really stuck by me. Hopefully in my new pursuit, in my new dream that I want to pursue, I hope they will give me a chance. If some people don’t, I don’t care. My attitude is so much different.”

… No regrets exist for Anderson over his past life as a center fielder. He holds mostly positive memories from his time with the White Sox, and a few he would like to forget. But Anderson has no regrets about making his career-changing choice.

“I’ve been wrong before, and I could be wrong again. But I don’t think I am,” Anderson said. “If I had a decent rookie year [in 2006], all the other stuff would have taken care of itself. I don’t point the finger at anyone but myself. But I’ve never been happier.”

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February 12, 2012

Top Minor League Prospects Compilation – Update #1

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 12, 2012 12:00 am
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Joe Hamrahi:

The first top prospects compilation update of the year is now available! I have linked to the new file below. The Excel workbook contains tabs at the bottom representing each of the league’s divisions as well as a tab for top 100 lists and positional analysis.

This is a fairly comprehensive update, but it is far from complete. I will have more for you Monday or Tuesday after Kevin Goldstein‘s Top 101 prospects list is released. All of MLB.com’s published prospects will be updated at that time as well thanks to the help of Jonathan Mayo.

As usual, if you find any errors or omissions, would like to recommend a ranking source, or have any other comments or suggestions, please email me at jhamrahi@baseballprospectus.com.

2011-2012 Top Prospect Compilation File – February 10, 2012

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January 26, 2012

Robin Ventura talks about the 2012 Sox

Scott Merkin:

Ventura was asked about a few key matters during an interview session with White Sox beat reporters on Thursday and came up with a few pre-Spring Training solutions. The White Sox starting rotation, which looks to be one of its strongest suits, seems all but set with John Danks, Gavin Floyd, Chris Sale and Jake Peavy. According to Ventura, Philip Humber has the advantage at No. 5 over any of the young newcomers such as Nestor Molina or returnees such as Zach Stewart or Dylan Axelrod.”Phil would be that leader heading into the clubhouse,” Ventura said of Humber, whose breakout 2011 effort resulted in a 9-9 record and 3.75 ERA. “I don’t see anything changing with that at this point. We will see during Spring Training, but I’m confident in Phil in doing that No. 5 position.”Humber posted an 8-5 record with a 3.10 ERA and .218 opponents average against in the first half, but had a 1-4 mark, 5.01 ERA and .287 average against after the All-Star break.

Reliever Matt Thornton‘s season was slightly reversed, as the left-hander posted a 2.45 ERA over 52 games after May 1 following an 8.64 ERA in April. Thornton also had blown saves in his first four chances, although he didn’t have the best of luck behind him. Even with that slow start, Ventura tabbed Thornton on Thursday as his leading 2012 closer candidate over rookie Addison Reed and Jesse Crain. “I’m leaning on Matt doing that,” Ventura said. “I don’t think those type of things are concrete. I would like to see him do that, but we’ll see how that goes in Spring Training with him and how he feels.”

In Ventura’s estimation, the team doesn’t have a true utility infielder at this point. Brent Lillibridge earned high praise from Ventura for his versatility and talent, but he wasn’t identified as a possible backup shortstop. Ventura said that Alex Rios could see time in both left field and center field, and as of now, Alejandro De Aza looks to be the leadoff man. Of course, it’s just late January and things could change by the end of Cactus League action. “Gordon [Beckham] could probably do it depending on how he feels about that and how he looks in Spring Training, as far as getting on base,” Ventura said of the leadoff slot. “He has more power than normal leadoff guys, but he’s one of them.”

January 24, 2012

White Sox invite 18 players to 2012 Spring Training

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 24, 2012 12:00 am
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whitesox.com press release:

The Chicago White Sox have agreed to terms on minor-league contracts with right-handed pitcher Brian Bruney, left-handers Leyson Septimo and Eric Stults, catchers Damaso Espino and Hector Gimenez, infielders Dallas McPherson and Ray Olmedo and outfielder Delwyn Young.  All eight players, in addition to 10 players within the White Sox system, have received non-roster invites to the club’s spring training camp in Glendale, Ariz.

Right-handers Brian Omogrosso and Jacob Petricka, catchers Michael Blanke and Josh Phegley, infielders Jim Gallagher and Tyler Kuhn and outfielders Jordan Danks, Jared Mitchell, Brandon Short and Trayce Thompson, all received invites to major-league camp from within the organization.  Six of the 18 spring training invitees have major-league experience.

There seems to be 5 openings:

… Assuming the White Sox take 12 pitchers and make no further moves, one relief spot and four bench spots appear to be available. Brent Lillibridge and Tyler Flowers are certain to make the team, with Ozzie Martinez and Eduardo Escobar competing for the utility infield slot. Danks, Young, Gallagher, Bruney and Stults all have chances to compete for these final two openings.

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January 23, 2012

Oh no…

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 23, 2012 11:30 pm

When Q! got married he lost the ! and became Q. Hopefully Sale doesn’t follow Quentin.

January 1, 2012

RotoHardball’s Todd McCacken looks at Chris Sale

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 1, 2012 9:00 pm

Todd McCacken:

… As you can see, Sale doesn’t rely on his four seamer nearly as much (he cut its usage nearly in half), and become much more efficient at commanding it as well as his slider. Changes to pitch frequency and release point helped him regain feel for all of his pitches, and perhaps most importantly, helped his changeup become much more effective (doubling his swing and miss rate on the pitch to 40% against RHB).

To add fuel to the fire, and likely cementing the White Sox’ decision to add Sale to the rotation sooner rather than later, the kid’s average velocity and movement on almost all of his pitches increased as the year wore on. Sale’s slider now averaged over three inches of vertical drop (-3.03) compared to earlier in the year and has the chance to become the most dominant pitch in the American League next year and, if I may be so bold, could rival Randy Johnson’s famed “Mr. Snappy” in terms of the sheer terror it elicits from opposing hitters. …

December 15, 2011

Kevin Goldstein likes Chris Sale

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 15, 2011 11:00 pm


December 7, 2011

Chris Sale still on path to start

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 7, 2011 7:00 pm

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