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January 4, 2010

FutureSox compares Sox prospect rankings


Today, Baseball America released their top ten prospect rankings for the White Sox. This means all of the major prospect publications have released their White Sox rankings. Let’s take a look at the differences from each and try to figure out what it all means.

We’ve gathered six White Sox top 10s from Baseball America, Baseball Prospectus, Fan Graphs, John Sickels’ Minor League Ball, Diamond Futures and our own postseason rankings. Fan Graphs does things a little differently, they don’t include 2009 rookies in their rankings due to a lack of sample size, so you have to take that into account. …

I’d go Hudson-Flowers-Mitchell for my Top 3.


December 19, 2009

Fangraphs on John Ely

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 19, 2009 3:30 am
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Ely is one of the prospects the Sox send to the Dodgers in the Juan Pierre deal:

Ely was very impressive last season in Double-A for the White Sox. He had solid peripherals across the board including a 7.20 K/9 rate, 2.88 BB/9 rate, and a 0.52 HR/9 rate which added up to a 3.33 FIP (the super low HR/9 immensely help his FIP). Stat Corner’s version of tRA really liked Ely last year and his tRA was 3.75 in a league where the starting pitcher’s average tRA was 4.59. …

December 18, 2009

Sox complete Pierre trade; send Ely and Link to the Dodgers

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 18, 2009 1:48 pm
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The Dodgers on Friday received right-handed pitchers John Ely and Jon Link from the Chicago White Sox to complete Tuesday’s Juan Pierre trade. …

Ely on the short list

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 18, 2009 1:10 am
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Right-hander Ely, one of the top Sox pitching prospects, found out from his agent he was on the short list of potential compensation for the Dodgers as Internet reports claimed he and pitcher John Link would be the players dispatched. Should he depart for Los Angeles, that will end a childhood dream of pitching for the Sox.

“I’d be excited either way, but I grew up a Sox fan,” said the 6-foot-1, 190-pound Ely, a Homewood-Flossmoor alum who was the Sox’s third-round draft pick out of Miami (Ohio) in 2007. “I wanted to pitch for a team I grew up watching.”

“Honestly, I was a little surprised,” he said of being on the list. “But the Sox have a very solid rotation. The more I thought of it, the more excited I was. There would be plenty of opportunity (as a Dodger).”

December 17, 2009

List of Sox prospects for the Dodgers to choose two?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 17, 2009 12:51 am
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To get Pierre, the White Sox agreed to send two players to the Dodgers, providing a list of prospects from which to choose.


“I’ve talked to my agent and nothing is set in stone with this trade,” said Ely, who led the Southern League in wins and strikeouts (125). “I might not be traded. But if I am, I’ve got a lot of opportunities with the Dodgers and I’ll make the best of it – just like I will if I’m not traded. Of course, you’d like to stay with the team you grew up rooting for. I’m a diehard White Sox fan. It could take a couple of weeks before something happens. I’m just going to take it one day at a time.”


December 16, 2009

JJ looks at the Juan Pierre trade

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 16, 2009 6:54 pm
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JJ Stankevitz:

Kenny Williams got his guy.


Earlier, it was Mark Teahen. Then, it was Omar Vizquel and Andruw Jones. Now, it’s Juan Pierre. This move didn’t come out of left field, though, as the Sox’ interest in Pierre was reported eight days ago at the Winter Meetings.

At the time, though, it looked like the Sox weren’t going to end up getting Pierre. The Dodgers wanted pitching in return and it was uncertain how much of Pierre’s contract Los Angeles could pick up given the team’s messy ownership situation.

But with Hideki Matsui off the market, the White Sox’ left field options took a hit. Maybe the team never was interested in Matsui, maybe they were. The timing of the Pierre trade—one day after Matsui signed—is somewhat curious, though. Maybe Williams wanted to lock up a left fielder before all his favorite options went elsewhere.

Obviously, this trade will have a whole lot of implications for the rest of the offseason and into next season. A look at the good, the bad, and the ugly: …

UPDATE: Here are a couple more posts analyzing the Pierre trade.

December 15, 2009

FutureSox looks at the prospects in the Pierre trade (Ely & Link)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 15, 2009 8:44 pm
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We project Ely as a 5th starter type, but if you listen to Phil Rogers he is worth more than Pierre by himself. Ely had a great season, playing in the Southern League All-Star Game, earning a place on the league’s post-season all-star team and recently being named to our All-FutureSox team. Sure, performance isn’t everything in the minors and Ely doesn’t have top tier stuff as even Rogers admits. He has a great changeup, good control and his fastball and curve are decent pitches. He was a 3rd round pick in 2007 so clearly the Sox liked him then. This year was a bit of a breakout year for him, but his peripherals were slightly down from 2008 and he played in a pitchers’ park. …

December 11, 2009

2009 All-FutureSox Team


We wanted to make an all-star team of sorts for FutureSox, but fielding an ‘all-prospect’ team would be as easy as picking the top player at each position from our 2009 Postseason Top 25 Prospects. Clearly that would be somewhat redundant. Instead, we decided to create the All-FutureSox Team as the best performers of 2009. Forget age and park adjustments, this is simple stats. Who had the most productive year for his minor league team(s)? That’s what this is. ..

December 9, 2009

John Sickels 2010 Top 20 Sox prospects


1) Dan Hudson, RHP, Grade B [changed to B+]
2) Jared Mitchell, OF, Grade B
3) Tyler Flowers, C, Grade B
4) Brent Morel, 3B, Grade B-
5) Jordan Danks, OF, Grade C+
6) Dayan Viciedo, 3B, Grade C+ …

Go to the link for descriptions and the entire list.

December 3, 2009

John Ely’s dream

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ December 3, 2009 11:05 pm


He envisions the day he’s standing on the pitcher’s mound at U.S. Cellular Field, a White Sox uniform draped around his 6-foot-1, 190-pound frame, with a throng of buddies from his hometown of Homewood in attendance cheering him on.

That’s been the dream of John Ely ever since he picked up a baseball and became a die-hard White Sox fan as a kid.

That dream has never been closer to becoming reality than it is today. …

Ely added a cutter too:

Ely credited the addition of a cut fastball to his arsenal, which includes a two-seam fastball that ranges between 89 and 92 mph, changeup and curveball, to his successful 2009 campaign.

December 1, 2009

Fangraph’s Top 10 Sox prospects

Marc Hulet ranks the Top 10 Sox prospects. Tyler Flowers is on top of the list:

Flowers should be ready to take over the full-time catching chores right around the time that veteran incumbent A.J. Pierzynski’s contract runs out after 2010. The right-handed catching prospect has impressive power (.246 ISO in double-A) and he hasn’t hit below .279 in any season since 2006. Flowers began the year in double-A in ‘09 and hit .302/.445/.548 in 248 at-bats, before moving up to triple-A where he hit .286/.364/.438 in 105 at-bats.

November 27, 2009

Fangraphs reviews the last 4 Sox drafts


[Jared] Mitchell’s .417 on-base average was impressive in just 34 low-A ball games. However, his line of .296/.417/.435 was aided by a crazy-high .453 BABIP. His walk rate of 16.7% was offset by a nasty strikeout rate at 34.8%, which is obviously going to have to come down. With an ISO of .139, his power is undeveloped at this time, although he could develop into a 15-homer hitter. Despite good speed, Mitchell nabbed just five steals in eight attempts. …

November 19, 2009

Sox Top 10 prospects by THT Fantasy


1. Tyler Flowers
2. Dan Hudson
3. Brent Morel
4. John Ely
5. Jared Mitchell
6. Jordan Danks
7. Dayan Viciedo
8. David Holmberg
9. Josh Phegley
10. John Shelby

On David Holmberg:

Holmberg brings a great mix of pitches to the mound, including a curveball and change-up that have the makings of plus pitches. His fastball falls flat right now, but further velocity is expected as his frame fills out. He’s the most intriguing pitching project in Chicago’s system.

November 17, 2009

Sox Top 15 prospects by Kevin Goldstein [UPDATE]

Kevin Goldstein:

Four-Star Prospects
1. Daniel Hudson, RHP
2. Jared Mitchell, OF
3. Tyler Flowers, C
Three-Star Prospects
4. Jordan Danks, CF
5. Dayan Viciedo, 3B
6. Brent Morel, 3B
7. Clevelan Santeliz, RHP
8. Trayce Thompson, OF
Two-Star Prospects
9. Santos Rodriguez, LHP
10. David Holmberg, LHP
11. C.J. Retherford, 2B
Four More:

12. Jhonny Nunez, RHP
13. Josh Phegley, C
14. John Ely, RHP
15. Nathan Jones, RHP

from the Daniel Hudson section:

The Good: Hudson combines plus stuff with well above-average command. His 92-94 mph fastball can touch 96 and features good tailing action, and he throws strikes to both sides of the plate with it. His best secondary offering is a plus changeup that is a true swing-and-miss pitch, which lessens the concerns about his slingy, low three-quarters arm action.
The Bad: Hudson’s slider flashed average, but it is inconsistent. He’ll need to establish it more as a starter in the big leagues. He tends to work up in the zone and gives up fly balls. Despite the enormous leap forward, many scouts think he’s maxed out projection-wise.
Perfect World Projection: Even with Hudson’s tremendous growth in 2009, some scouts don’t see room for much more, seeing him as a good third starter at best. Others think he’d be even better as a late-inning reliever.

UPDATE: Here’s Goldstein chat. He believes in the improvement of Tyler Flowers’ defense at catcher.

September 14, 2009

Baseball America on John Ely

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 14, 2009 11:28 am
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Jim Callis:

Q: I never see White Sox righthander John Ely mentioned in prospect rankings. He went 14-2, 2.82 in Double-A this year, but Chicago has four set starters in the major leagues and prospect Daniel Hudson ahead of him. What do you see for Ely?

A: Don’t say never— Ely came in at No. 9 and No. 11 in our White Sox rankings lists in the last two Prospect Handbooks. A third-round pick out of Miami (Ohio) in 2007, he led the Southern League in victories and strikeouts (125 in 156 innings) and finished second in ERA. Not that wins are the most telling stat for a pitcher, but Ely consistently racks them up and has posted an 83-27 record going back to his days as a high school star in suburban Chicago. Ely can’t overpower hitters with his fringe-average fastball and his curveball is inconsistent, but he does have a nifty changeup. That repertoire doesn’t give him a huge ceiling, but he does locate his pitches down in the zone and rarely beats himself by surrendering walks or home runs. He’s a favorite sleeper of mine and I wouldn’t rule out Ely carving a niche for himself in the back of someone’s rotation. White Sox GM Kenny Williams isn’t afraid to trade prospects, and Ely could find a better opportunity elsewhere. He’ll probably open 2010 in Triple-A.

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