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March 17, 2010

Sox Release Daniel Cabrera, Jason Botts

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 17, 2010 12:27 pm
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whitesox.com:

Prior to today’s game vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Chicago White Sox made the following five roster moves:

  • Optioned OF Stefan Gartrell, RHP Jeff Marquez and INF Dayan Viciedo to Class AAA Charlotte;
  • Released OF Jason Botts and RHP Daniel Cabrera.

With the moves, the White Sox have 39 players remaining in major-league camp: 18 pitchers, four catchers, 10 infielders and seven outfielders.

March 15, 2010

Joe Cowley looks on the roster battles

He thinks Jayson Nix and Sergio Santos are the frontrunners for the utility man and 6th bullpen spot roster battles.

March 2, 2010

Two looking and two swinging

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 2, 2010 5:52 pm
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Gonzales:

Daniel Hudson could create a nice problem for the White Sox if he continues to pitch as well as he did Tuesday, when he struck out four while pitching two scoreless innings in a B game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

… “It depends what we want, what we’re looking for, what’s best for the club,” manager Ozzie Guillen said. “… But I don’t think we should sit him on the bench and all of a sudden wait to see what happens. That’s (general manager) Ken Williams’ call.”

… Hudson displayed pinpoint control around the knees to the Dodgers’ batters, throwing 16 of 23 pitches for strikes. …

UPDATE: Merkin:

So, while Tuesday’s effort won’t count toward Cactus League statistics, Daniel Hudson certainly made a positive impression in his quest for a long-relief role. Hudson worked the third and fourth innings against the Dodgers, retiring all six batters he faced, with four coming via strikeout.

Hudson fanned two looking and two swinging, also setting down hitters on a ground ball to shortstop Brent Lillibridge and on a nice running catch made by Jordan Danks in right-center field. The soon-to-be 23-year-old, who burst on to the scene by jumping from Class A Kannapolis to the Majors in 2009, focused on throwing strikes in his first outing, but said after the game how important every trip to the mound can be this spring. …

Reifert’s recap.

Dayan Viciedo to play 1st base today

Today’s ‘B’ game lineup:

Mitchell lf; Danks cf; Flowers c; Viciedo 1b; Kroeger dh; Nix 2b; Lillibridge ss; Morel 3b; De Aza rf; Floyd p

Besides G. Floyd, D. Cabrera, C. Torres and D. Hudson are scheduled to pitch.

BTW, Jim says pay attention to the walk and strikeout numbers.

February 28, 2010

Ozzie Guillen conflicted with Dan Hudson; Erick Threets impressive

Levine:

Manager Ozzie Guillen said on Sunday that he is torn between letting Hudson pitch out of the bullpen and occasionally have a spot start as opposed to pitching every five days at Triple-A.

I asked Guillen for an assessment of Hudson at this point.

“I love him,” Guillen said. “Right now if he doesn’t make the ballclub, it’s better to get his innings because we never know what is going to happen with the five starters.” …

Merkin:

Decisions will have to be made about what to do with rookie Daniel Hudson, who is competing for the long-relief spot. Manager Ozzie Guillen indicated on Sunday that Hudson might be better served getting his regular work in the Minors, as opposed to being used sporadically by the White Sox.

Freddy Dolsi, Lucas Harrell, Sergio Santos, Carlos Torres and Daniel Cabrera all are in contention for that long-relief job, while Guillen said Randy Williams has the upper hand for the left-handed specialist spot but is no roster lock. That assessment is good news for non-roster invite Erick Threets, the hard-throwing southpaw who has impressed during the first week of camp.

Gonzales:

The second left-handed relief spot is Randy Williams’ job to lose, but Erick Threets has been given an extended look and has impressed the coaching staff so far. Look for Threets to challenge Williams.

February 27, 2010

Ozzie Guillen on Daniel Cabrera

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 27, 2010 10:19 pm
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Gregor:

The Sox are looking at the hard-throwing righty as a relief pitcher, and Cabrera continued to impress manager Ozzie Guillen during Saturday morning’s batting-practice session at Camelback Ranch.

“He’s got a shot, a legit shot,” Guillen said. “This guy’s been showing us what he can do, and we like it. We’ve got an open spot and that’s the reason we brought him here. He just needs to throw one pitch over the plate, hopefully two.”

February 25, 2010

Starting five to make most of spring training starts

Merkin:

All it would take is one brief look at a sheet of paper located in the coaches’ office at Camelback Ranch for Don Cooper to lay out the full Cactus League work schedule for his starting five.

The group of Mark Buehrle, Jake Peavy, Gavin Floyd, John Danks and Freddy Garcia is so crucial to the team’s success that they will stay as close to on schedule as humanly possible.

“I really could tell you the whole Spring Training, if nobody gets hurt,” said Cooper, sitting in his golf cart and watching workouts on Thursday. “We have some split-squad games, and we might have some ‘B’ games. You never know. Maybe Charlie Leesman or [Daniel] Hudson or [Carlos] Torres or [Daniel] Cabrera will get a start there, in those situations.

“Otherwise, our starting pitchers will be doing all the starting.” …

Ozzie Guillen explains his pitching philosophy

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 25, 2010 12:00 pm
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Gonzales:

[Daniel] Cabrera will have to harness his wildness to have any shot of making the Sox’s bullpen.

“I want him to worry about one pitch,” manager Ozzie Guillen said. “Fastball right in the middle of the plate and then take care of the rest. I don’t see why this kid with that kind of arm is bouncing around all over the place.

“Maybe too much coaching. Maybe trying to be perfect. Too much stuff. Here, our philosophy is throw as hard as you can, try to hit the middle of the plate and go for it.”

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 5, 2010

February 5 links

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 5, 2010 6:02 pm
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- Andrew’s Spring Training Preview preview

- 2010 MLB Rookie Career Development Program: Chicago White Sox prospect Dan Hudson on pitching in the majors (2:12 video)

- BDD’s Top Prospects Compilation: Update #14:

Spreadsheet: 2009-2010-Top-Prospect-Lists.xls [198 KB]

- MLB Notebook takes a look at new Sox Daniel Cabrera.

- Freddy Garcia is the key. He also doesn’t like the Cubs.

- 73 stolen bases in 121 games? Ozzie is furious Kenny didn’t pick him up!

January 14, 2010

Sox sign Daniel Cabrera

DH:

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.

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