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March 10, 2010

FutureSox reviews Sox Left-Hander pitching prospects

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 10, 2010 7:10 pm
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Here’s what they have to say on David Holmberg:

What he needs to improve: Without having a solid stat base yet, I’m going to say fastball velocity.  Of course this is difficult to predict and harder to do, but at 6’4″ he should be able to throw harder than the high 80s.  Diamond Futures said “Had Holmberg had a fastball that was a few ticks higher than the Hi-80s that he typically throws, he would have been a top half of the first round talent.”  He has the ability to become a top tier prospect, let’s see it.

October 2, 2009

A look at Kannapolis’ pitching staff


Kannapolis, the Sox Low-A affiliate, put up a chubby 5.12 ERA in 2007. In 2008, it dropped more than a full point to 4.08. And here in 2009, it dropped 80 more points to 3.24, 2nd best in the South Atlantic League by just .01. They were also 2nd in strikeouts, 2nd in WHIP, and led the league with 15 shutouts. Not surprisingly they finished the season at 82-57, best record in the 16-team league, despite being below the median in most offensive categories. And the pitching staff that achieved this was filled mostly with players drafted or signed since the 2008 June draft, not much more than a year ago. …

September 4, 2009

Baseball America on Joe Serafin and Miguel Gonzalez

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 4, 2009 4:19 pm
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from today’s Prospects Chat:

Jeff (England): Joe Serafin has made a great start to his pro career, especially for a 37th rounder, with a 4.14 K/BB, 1.67 BB/9 as well as an improving K/9 since his jump to Low-A, but is he is for real? And do you know much about what he throws?

Matthew Eddy: White Sox lefty Joey Serafin works in the mid-80s with a fringy breaking ball, but the University of Vermont product shows poise and command, which often can be enough to dominate in Rookie ball and low Class A.

and from a question on Appalachian League prospects:

The White Sox have an 18-year-old Venezuelan catcher named Miguel Gonzalez with Bristol. He’s got a bit of a thick body but he impressed observers by hitting .300 and by driving the ball consistently (15 doubles). If he can stay at catcher, he’s got a shot.

August 30, 2009

Fangraphs: Joe Serafin’s Underdog Story

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 30, 2009 6:29 pm
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Brian Joura:

Chances are you have never heard of Joe Serafin, a pitcher in the minors with the Kannapolis Intimidators, the low-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox. But if Serafin ever makes it to the majors, his story has all of the makings of a Hollywood movie. Everyone always makes a big deal out of Mike Piazza being a 62nd-round draft pick. Today, the draft does not last that long; still the odds of someone making the majors after the first 10 rounds are slim. The White Sox picked Serafin on the 37th round this past June, the 1,123rd player taken overall. …

July 20, 2009

Brady Shoemaker is “Chicago Tough” (UPDATE)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ July 20, 2009 10:21 pm
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Tim Hayes:

Shoemaker also possesses a high level of toughness. He jammed his ankle earlier this season when sliding into a base, but only missed a few games.

He inherited that toughness from his dad Brian, a former wrestler at Indiana State, and his days on the gridiron at Northview High School in Brazil, Ind.

“Football was always fun,” Shoemaker said. “I always liked the contact.”

UPDATE: FS has more.

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