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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. …

September 26, 2009

Jon Link scouting report

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 26, 2009 10:42 pm
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Link has struck out a lot of batters in the minors because he has a very good slider, but his fastball and change are solid offerings as well. His fastball usually sits 93-94 m.p.h. and has some sink on it. …

August 20, 2009

Solid stuff, shaky command for Daniel Hudson yesterday

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ August 20, 2009 11:58 am
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Ben Bradler at yesterday’s Charlotte Knights game:

Hudson, 22, showed three pitches that scouts who have seen him this year have said all at least flash as major league average or better. Hudson’s fastball ranged from 90-93 mph, mostly coming in at 91-92. He didn’t have great command, however, as he had to leave after throwing 91 pitches (53 strikes) and too often started behind in the count. Hudson’s changeup elicited more than a handful of swings and misses, showing good sink and fade at 81-83 mph. His 81-86 slider was a solid pitch at times (scouts who have seen him this year have said it’s flashed average tilt), though it flattened out occassionally when he dropped his arm slot. Hudson also flashed a couple of slow but big-breaking 70-71 curveballs as a show-me pitch. …

Bradler also has a report on closer Jon Link:

While pitching a scoreless ninth inning yesterday, Link showed a 93-94 mph fastball, an 85 mph slider and an 82 mph changeup. …


July 14, 2009

FutureSox’s Midseason Top 25 Sox Prospects

Here’s FutureSox’s Midseason Top 25 Sox Prospects list. I’d put Viciedo lower and, of course, my guy Jack Egbert higher.

July 1, 2009

SoxMachine’s Birmingham & Charlotte Minor League roundup

Dayan Viciedo is improving:

Viciedo’s numbers still aren’t impressive on the whole, but he’s making every necessary improvement right now.  Last month, it was all about the quality of his contact.  This time around, it’s his walks and strikeouts.  Check it out:

* April: 2 BB, 19 K
* May: 3 BB, 23 K
* June: 9 BB, 11 K

He also topped .400 in slugging for the first time in a month (.426), along with his career high in OBP (.342).  He’s still committing plenty of errors, but the Sox paid him to hit, and he’s following the correct curve right now.

BTW,  Jhonny Nunez was promoted to Charlotte.

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