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December 16, 2011

Fangraphs’ Top 15 2012 White Sox prospects

Marc Hulet:

2. Nestor Molina, RHP

BORN: Jan. 9, 1989
EXPERIENCE: 5 seasons
ACQUIRED: 2006 non-drafted free agent (Toronto)
2010-11 TOP 10 RANKING:
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SCOUTING REPORT: I came very close to ranking Molina No. 1 overall in the White Sox system. As a Jay, he would have ranked in the six to eight range – which tells you a little bit about the depth of the two systems. Some online publications have referred to Molina as a “control pitcher” which has a negative connotation and implies that his stuff is below average. While the Venezuelan has plus control, his stuff is at least average – if not better. He has an 87-93 mph fastball and a potentially plus splitter that is his out-pitch. He also has a decent slider.

YEAR IN REVIEW: When his breaking ball improved to the point where the Jays organization felt it could be at least MLB average, Molina was moved into the starting rotation for good in 2011. He had a breakout season and reached double-A. The 22-year-old hurler spent the majority of the season in high-A where he posted a 2.45 FIP (2.58 ERA) in 108.1 innings. He showed his outstanding control by posting a walk rate of 1.16 BB/9. Molina also sent a large number of batters back to the dugout shaking their heads (9.55 K/9).

YEAR AHEAD: Molina received five late-season starts in double-A and showed that he was far from over-matched: 0.47 FIP, 0.82 BB/9, 13.50 K/9. He probably needs about half a season at double-A before moving up to triple-A and could be ready for the Majors by the end of the season. Chicago tends to be overly aggressive with some of its pitchers so I wouldn’t be shocked to see Molina in triple-A to begin 2012.

CAREER OUTLOOK: Molina has the makings of a No. 3 starter at the MLB level. The big question for him is his durability. Originally an outfielder, he was moved to the bump permanently in 2008 and has pitched more than 100 innings just once (2011). There is also some concern over his delivery and that, unless it gets smoothed out, he’ll be a high-leverage reliever at the MLB level.

For the other prospects hit the link.

December 14, 2011

BaseballInstinct’s 2012 Top 10 White Sox prospects

George Utter:

1. Nestor Molina, RHP 01/09/1989 H: 6’1” W: 180 – (Nathaniel’s take) Nestor Molina had a breakout season in 2011, posting unbelievable strikeout-to-walk ratios at both High-A Dunedin (115/14 in 108 1/3 IP) and Double-A New Hampshire (33/2 in 22 IP). Originally a third baseman/outfielder, Molina converted to pitching in 2008, and wasn’t even a starting pitcher until this season, so his huge year caught many by surprise. While Molina’s pure “stuff” isn’t quite as good as his numbers suggest, it’s no slouch, either: he works at 89-94 mph and boasts a very good splitter.  Molina will probably start 2012 in either Double-A or Triple-A, but he’s very polished and should end up in Chicago at some point during the season. Don’t be surprised if Chicago initially lets his two pitches work in relief upon his reaching the majors.

Our Video

Our Instinct: We had Molina #3 in our Blue Jays Top 10 and scouted him ourselves.  Tom Belmont took the above video of Molina in July, and it’s been used on several notable sites.  We love what Molina brings to the table, but as Tom said in his Prospect Instinct|Nestor Molina article, he’s not going to be an ace, nor does he have the body to be a workhorse in the middle.  He figures to be a nice fit as a #4, however, as Nathaniel suggested, he could end up in the White Sox bullpen.

Reports for the other prospects (2. Addison Reed, 3. Tyler Saladino, 4. Trayce Thompson, 5. Jeff Soptic, 6. Jacob Petricka, 7. Rangel Ravelo, 8. Kevan Smith, 9. Jared Mitchell, 10. Keenyn Walker, and Dylan Axelrod) at the link.

September 16, 2011

Addison Reed is the relief pitcher in Baseball America’s 2011 Minor-League All-Star team

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 16, 2011 11:45 pm
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J.J. Cooper and Matt Eddy:

RP Addison Reed • White Sox, Triple-A Charlotte (International)

In a move straight out of the Dan Hudson playbook, Reed shot from the third round of the 2010 draft to Chicago in little more than a year, making ever-so-brief pit stops at all four levels of full-season ball this season. Reed’s minor league ratios may elicit a double-take—12.8 strikeouts, 1.6 walks, 4.9 hits per nine innings—but he backs them up with mid-90s heat and a power slider. The 22-year-old Reed naturally struck out eight of the first 21 big league batters to face him.

Here’s are Reed’s stats:

Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB Awards
2010 21 CHW-min Rk 1 0 1.000 1.80 13 2 3 0 0 1 30.0 17 7 6 1 6 0 44 2 0 1 115 0.767 5.1 0.3 1.8 13.2 7.33 GRF · PION
2011 22 CHW-min A+,AAA,AA,A 2 1 .667 1.26 43 0 15 0 0 5 78.1 43 14 11 3 14 0 111 3 0 6 293 0.728 4.9 0.3 1.6 12.8 7.93 WSM,CHR,BIR,KAN · CARL,IL,SOUL,SALL
2011 22 CHW AL 0 0 1.93 4 0 2 0 0 0 4.2 6 1 1 0 1 0 8 0 0 0 21 236 1.500 11.6 0.0 1.9 15.4 8.00
1 Season 0 0 1.93 4 0 2 0 0 0 4.2 6 1 1 0 1 0 8 0 0 0 21 236 1.500 11.6 0.0 1.9 15.4 8.00
162 Game Avg. 0 0 1.93 68 0 34 0 0 0 80 102 17 17 0 17 0 136 0 0 0 357 236 1.500 11.6 0.0 1.9 15.4 8.00
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/16/2011.

And Reed’s entry in the TexasLeaguers Pitch F/X database.

Scott Snodgress made Baseball America’s 2011 Rookie-level All-Star team. Snodgress’ stats:

Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
2011 21 Great Falls PION Rk CHW 3 3 .500 3.34 16 12 0 0 0 0 59.1 61 32 22 5 17 0 68 1 1 7 254 1.315 9.3 0.8 2.6 10.3 4.00
1 Season 3 3 .500 3.34 16 12 0 0 0 0 59.1 61 32 22 5 17 0 68 1 1 7 254 1.315 9.3 0.8 2.6 10.3 4.00
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/17/2011.

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September 14, 2011

Pitch F/X for Dylan Axelrod’s start

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 14, 2011 3:22 pm
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9/14:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Axelrod 6.0 6 2 2 2 8 1 2.25

Pitch F/X:

Pitch Statistics
Pitch Type Avg Speed Max Speed Avg H-Break Avg V-Break Count Strikes / % Swinging Strikes / % Linear Weights Time to Plate
FF (FourSeam Fastball) 90.04 91.7 -6.39 9.17 39 24 / 61.54% 0 / 0.00% -0.1691 0.419
CH (Changeup) 82.20 83.5 -6.60 3.06 3 3 / 100.00% 1 / 33.33% -0.3664 0.456
SL (Slider) 82.90 84.9 0.30 1.46 43 31 / 72.09% 9 / 20.93% 0.2825 0.452
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 89.29 91.5 -9.44 8.75 8 3 / 37.50% 0 / 0.00% 0.0345 0.426
Pitch classifications provided by the Gameday Algorithm and may be inaccurate.Pitch Type LWTS correspond to how many runs were likely to score on a particular pitch based on average run expectancy when each pitch was thrown and what happened as a result. Negative scores indicate more effective pitches.Time to Plate is the time, in seconds, that it takes an average pitch of this type to reach the plate. This is strongly correlated with velocity, but also factors in movement.
Inning-by-Inning Pitch Totals
Inning Pitches in Inning Strikes in Inning Strike% in Inning Cumulative Total Pitches Pitch LWTS in Inning
1 20 12 60.00 20 -0.048
2 17 11 64.71 37 0.596
3 10 8 80.00 47 -0.848
4 20 12 60.00 67 -0.048
5 13 8 61.54 80 -0.350
6 13 10 76.92 93 0.480

Doesn’t scream MLB starting pitcher…

September 5, 2011

Sox call-up RHP Dylan Axelrod

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 5, 2011 10:00 pm
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Schelling @ CWS:

Between games of Monday’s split doubleheader against the Twins, the White Sox selected the contract of right-hander Dylan Axelrod from Triple-A Charlotte.

To make room for Axelrod on the 40-man roster, the White Sox also transferred right-hander Tony Pena to the 60-day disabled list.

Axelrod, 26, made 26 appearances (24 starts) between Double-A Birmingham and Triple-A Charlotte this season, going 9-3 with a 2.69 ERA. He allowed 45 earned runs over 150 2/3 innings.

Signed by the White Sox as a free agent on Aug. 2, 2009, Axelrod was named to the Southern League midseason All-Star team after going 3-2 with a 3.34 ERA with the Barons. Axelrod was even better for the Knights, posting a 6-1 record with a 2.27 ERA in 15 starts.

Axelrod’s stats:

Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
2007 21 2 Teams 2 Lgs A-Rk SDP 2 3 .400 2.73 21 0 12 0 0 2 33.0 33 15 10 0 8 0 30 0 0 2 136 1.242 9.0 0.0 2.2 8.2 3.75
2007 21 Padres ARIZ Rk SDP 0 2 .000 5.40 11 0 9 0 0 2 11.2 15 11 7 0 4 0 15 0 0 1 55 1.629 11.6 0.0 3.1 11.6 3.75
2007 21 Fort Wayne MIDW A SDP 2 1 .667 1.27 10 0 3 0 0 0 21.1 18 4 3 0 4 0 15 0 0 1 81 1.031 7.6 0.0 1.7 6.3 3.75
2008 22 2 Teams 2 Lgs A+-A SDP 3 2 .600 4.70 55 0 13 0 0 0 76.2 77 48 40 6 26 0 80 2 0 13 339 1.343 9.0 0.7 3.1 9.4 3.08
2008 22 Fort Wayne MIDW A SDP 1 1 .500 3.62 23 0 8 0 0 0 27.1 26 12 11 2 7 0 25 0 0 4 115 1.207 8.6 0.7 2.3 8.2 3.57
2008 22 Lake Elsinore CALL A+ SDP 2 1 .667 5.29 32 0 5 0 0 0 49.1 51 36 29 4 19 0 55 2 0 9 224 1.419 9.3 0.7 3.5 10.0 2.89
2009 23 4 Teams 4 Lgs Ind-A+-A SDP,CHW 5 2 .714 2.38 40 13 14 0 0 6 105.2 95 32 28 6 24 2 86 1 0 9 432 1.126 8.1 0.5 2.0 7.3 3.58
2009 23 Kannapolis SALL A CHW 0 0 2.08 2 0 1 0 0 0 4.1 3 2 1 0 1 0 3 0 0 1 20 0.923 6.2 0.0 2.1 6.2 3.00
2009 23 Winston-Salem CARL A+ CHW 2 1 .667 1.91 5 5 0 0 0 0 28.1 29 7 6 2 4 1 17 0 0 1 114 1.165 9.2 0.6 1.3 5.4 4.25
2009 23 Lake Elsinore CALL A+ SDP 0 0 4.50 11 0 4 0 0 0 12.0 12 6 6 0 5 0 6 0 0 0 54 1.417 9.0 0.0 3.8 4.5 1.20
2009 23 Windy City FRON Ind 3 1 .750 2.21 22 8 9 0 0 6 61.0 51 17 15 4 14 1 60 1 0 7 244 1.066 7.5 0.6 2.1 8.9 4.29
2010 24 2 Teams 2 Lgs A+-AA CHW 8 4 .667 2.06 25 15 2 1 1 0 109.1 103 33 25 2 15 0 92 2 0 5 438 1.079 8.5 0.2 1.2 7.6 6.13
2010 24 Winston-Salem CARL A+ CHW 8 3 .727 1.99 23 13 2 1 1 0 99.1 95 30 22 2 12 0 84 2 0 5 397 1.077 8.6 0.2 1.1 7.6 7.00
2010 24 Birmingham SOUL AA CHW 0 1 .000 2.70 2 2 0 0 0 0 10.0 8 3 3 0 3 0 8 0 0 0 41 1.100 7.2 0.0 2.7 7.2 2.67
2011 25 2 Teams 2 Lgs AAA-AA CHW 9 3 .750 2.69 26 24 0 0 0 0 150.2 126 50 45 3 35 0 132 7 1 4 605 1.069 7.5 0.2 2.1 7.9 3.77
2011 25 Birmingham SOUL AA CHW 3 2 .600 3.34 11 9 0 0 0 0 59.1 52 23 22 1 14 0 57 3 1 4 238 1.112 7.9 0.2 2.1 8.6 4.07
2011 25 Charlotte IL AAA CHW 6 1 .857 2.27 15 15 0 0 0 0 91.1 74 27 23 2 21 0 75 4 0 0 367 1.040 7.3 0.2 2.1 7.4 3.57
5 Seasons 27 14 .659 2.80 167 52 41 1 1 8 475.1 434 178 148 17 108 2 420 12 1 33 1950 1.140 8.2 0.3 2.0 8.0 3.89
A+ (3 seasons) A+ 12 5 .706 3.00 71 18 11 1 1 0 189.0 187 79 63 8 40 1 162 4 0 15 789 1.201 8.9 0.4 1.9 7.7 4.05
A (3 seasons) A 3 2 .600 2.55 35 0 12 0 0 0 53.0 47 18 15 2 12 0 43 0 0 6 216 1.113 8.0 0.3 2.0 7.3 3.58
AA (2 seasons) AA 3 3 .500 3.25 13 11 0 0 0 0 69.1 60 26 25 1 17 0 65 3 1 4 279 1.111 7.8 0.1 2.2 8.4 3.82
Rk (1 season) Rk 0 2 .000 5.40 11 0 9 0 0 2 11.2 15 11 7 0 4 0 15 0 0 1 55 1.629 11.6 0.0 3.1 11.6 3.75
AAA (1 season) AAA 6 1 .857 2.27 15 15 0 0 0 0 91.1 74 27 23 2 21 0 75 4 0 0 367 1.040 7.3 0.2 2.1 7.4 3.57
Ind (1 season) Ind 3 1 .750 2.21 22 8 9 0 0 6 61.0 51 17 15 4 14 1 60 1 0 7 244 1.066 7.5 0.6 2.1 8.9 4.29
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/5/2011.

Axelrod will be in the bullpen.

FutureSox talks about Dylan Axelrod and the other players the Sox called-up.

November 23, 2010

FutureSox’ White Sox Top 25 post-season prospects list [UPDATE]

FutureSox:

1. Chris Sale
2. Dayan Viciedo
3. Brent Morel
4. Jared Mitchell
5. Tyler Flowers
6. Trayce Thompson
7. Eduardo Escobar
8. Jacob Petricka
9. Jordan Danks
10. Addison Reed

UPDATE: Jim covers the White Sox Top 10 prospect list by Phil Rogers for Baseball America.

September 9, 2010

Dylan Axelrod: 7 IP / 2 H / 9 K / 1 BB

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 9, 2010 10:18 pm
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9/9:

Winston-Salem Dash
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Axelrod (W, 1-0) 7.0 2 0 0 1 9 0 0.00
Kloess (H, 1) 1.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0.00
Corley (S, 2) 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00

MiLB.com:

“I moved into the rotation in the second half of the season, which gave me a chance to throw and develop all my pitches,” said Axelrod.

After yielding a two-out single to Kinston first baseman Jeremie Tice in the first inning, Axelrod was all but unhittable. The Cal-Irvine product set down the next 19 batters through the end of the seventh.

“I was spotting my fastball pretty well and my cutter. My changeup was working pretty well too,” he said.

Axerod, drafted by  San Diego in 2007, has allowed 103 hits and has a 92 K / 15 BB ratio in 109.1 innings this year.

August 10, 2009

Sox sign 44th round draft pick RHP Taylor Thompson (UPDATE)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ August 10, 2009 6:53 pm
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Matt Eddy:

Signed: RHP Dylan Axelrod (Windy City (Frontier)), RHP Jarrett Coker (NDFA—Columbus State (Ga.)), RHP Greg Johnson (NDFA—South Alabama), Draft pick signed: RHP Taylor Thompson (44), Released: OF Dallas Williams, Traded: 1B Daryle Ward and OF Norris Hopper to Nationals for cash

Thompson stats: 2009, 2008, 2007

Coker stats: 2009, 2007, 2006

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