1) Nestor Molina, RHP, Grade B+: Acquired from the Blue Jays for Sergio Santos, and immediately became Chicago’s first or second-best prospect. I think he can remain a starter. Molina was a big topic of discussion earlier this month.
2) Addison Reed, RHP, Grade B+: The best closer prospect in baseball thanks to superior command of 93-97 MPH fastball and devastating slider. You can make a case to rank him ahead of Molina, if you think Molina will be a reliever.
3) Tyler Saladino, SS, Grade C+: 2010 seventh round pick out of Oral Roberts developed from draft sleeper into solid prospect. Good power for a middle infielder, and has some idea about the strike zone, scouts like his work ethic. Main issue now is if he can stick at shortstop, and I think he has a decent chance to do so.
4) Trayce Thompson, OF, Grade C+: Highest-ceiling bat in system, tapping into his power now and making good progress on defense. Kills lefties but has serious contact problems against right-handed pitching. Struck out 172 times while repeating Low-A. Has the tools to be a star slugger but also carries a high risk of failure.
5) Hector Santiago, LHP, Grade C+: Came out of nowhere to reach the majors (briefly) in 2011 thanks to development of a new screwball to go with 90-95 MPH fastball. Third pitch still needs work and it is unclear if he starts or relieves in the long run, although recent rumors indicate the Sox will continue to start him. Projects as number three/four starter if third pitch develops, or a power relief arm.
“The best closer prospect in baseball” comment helps explain Sergio Santos’ trade.
Besides the close to sure call-ups of Shane Lindsay, Eduardo Escobar, and Hector Santiago before tomorrow’s game Kenny is thinking about calling up Addison Reed BUT:
Manager Kenny Williams said this week that he is prepared to recall [Addison] Reed only if the White Sox are in contention. It’s possible that Williams might wait to make a decision on Reed until he knows where the team stands after this weekend’s series against the Tigers.
One move Williams doesn’t seem prepared to make is to call up outfielder Jordan Danks, the brother of pitcher John Danks, who will start in the series opener Friday. Williams believes the White Sox have enough outfield coverage at this time.
What about Lastings Milledge? He’s hitting .291/.361/.431/.802.
UPDATE: The Sox called-up Reed, Lindsay and Escobar.
BTW, Sickels is giving a B+ grade to Reed. /UPDATE
Other White Sox links: Ozzie Guillen is rather a popular topic.
After today’s 6 IP/6 K/6 BB outing, Andre Rienzo already has 25 walks in 42.2 innings. Last year Rienzo issued 32 walks in 101.0 innings. Please cut down the walks Andre!
Rienzo is one of the subjects Buddy Bell addressed today. See posts by J.J. Stankevitz, Mark Primiano (U-God) & Jim Margalus, and Scott Reifert.
Goldstein @ BP:
Jordan Danks, OF, White Sox (Triple-A Charlotte): 1-for-5, HR (8), 2 R, 4 RBI, K.
You all know the story on Danks by now. Great athlete, no results. Any sort of prospect light he had dimmed away with a .242/.312/.373 line last year for Charlotte, and now he’s having a downright strange year. He’s never hit more than nine home runs in a single season, but he’s already one away from that in early May after going deep in three straight games and six of his last eight. He’s also suddenly walking more but still struggling to hit for average, with an overall line of .247/.351/.577. I’m not sure what to make of it until I can find a scout who has sat on the team, but it’s filed under ‘I’ for interesting for now.
- Tyler Saladino, SS, White Sox (High-A Winston-Salem): 1-for-4, HR (1), R, 3 RBI, K. Season debut for surprise performer who missed first part of season with broken hand; true shortstop who has shocked with the bat.
Jordan Danks is also on FutureSox’ current Hot and Cold list:
After a discouraging April (.706 OPS, 25 K in 64 AB), the former Longhorn is getting people excited again. Danks showed massive power with seven home runs in his last 11 games. He’s already matched his HR total from last year with eight. It took a Herculean week to top Dayan Viciedo, but Danks pounded the ball to the tune of .364/.400/1.136 with five homers and only two strikeouts in 25 plate appearances. His .577 slugging ranks eighth in the International League and his .330 ISO is second. The April slump has his average down at .247 so we’ll have to see if this power surge is sustainable. The strikeouts become less of a concern if a third of his hits leave the park. Also, most of his homers are on the road so no using the park as an excuse. …
The OF prospects looked at were Jared Mitchell, Trayce Thompson, Brandon Short, Jordan Danks:
Thompson joined Kannapolis as an injury replacement after the start of the season and showed some of his upside. Right out of the gate he showed some massive power numbers and a decent walk rate. Naturally, an injury cost him a lot of the season and he slumped later on. Today is his 20th birthday so he has plenty of time, but it’s awful to lose development time like he did last year. He’s already well-regarded by scouts and publications alike, but 2011 could be a big breakout year since it will be his first full pro season if he stays healthy.
Goldstein @ BP:
1. Chris Sale, LHP
2. Eduardo Escobar, SS
3. Brent Morel, 3B
4. Dayan Viciedo, 1B/3B
5. Jared Mitchell, CF
6. Jacob Petricka, RHP
7. Greg Infante, RHP
8. Trayce Thompson, OF
9. Addison Reed, RHP
10. Thomas Royse, RHP
11. Andre Rienzo, RHP
9 more and Goldstein’s scouting report on Chris Sale at the link.
UPDATE: Goldstein discusses the White Sox Top 11/20 on Episode 25 of his podcast (mp3). The White Sox discussion is at the 72:30 mark and runs for about 12 minutes.
I missed this. Sickels commented on 3 White Sox prospects on his Q&A last month:
Q: Jordan Danks and Tyler Flowers. Two White Sox prospects that had terrible years at AAA. Do you see either of them rebounding next year? Either being a viable starting position player a year or so down the road?
A: Yeah both of these guys were awful this year. Danks might have a better chance long-term because he is more athletic and plays a more difficult position, but both of these guys have a lot to prove next year.
Q: thoughts on eduardo escobar?
A: White Sox venezuelan infielder….very good-to-excellent glove…but I doubt he will hit enough to be an offensive asset in the majors. Utility guy or glove-only starter I’d say.
Both articles are from Bryan Smith. First the “must watch” prospects:
In 56 plate appearances (so, sample size alert), Sale held right-handers to a .120/.214/.240 batting line. He did it while throwing them six change-ups in 220 pitches (2.7%), which accounted for 3 balls, 2 called strikes and 1 swinging strike. It was a non-factor. as he went with a two-pitch approach: 66.8% four seamers, 26.4% sliders. And, to my surprise, looking at his Texas Leaguers chart, he wasn’t just back-dooring the slider everytime. It’s a pitch he trusts, and a pitch that works, against right-handers. …
and those prospects outside the ‘Top 10’:
I credit Baseball America and Matt Eddy being the first to make me aware of Mike Blanke, the team’s 13th-round pick from the Division II University of Tampa. Blanke hit .329/.400/.508 in the Pioneer League, where Eddy ranked him as the number seven prospect. He wrote, “…he would have gone much earlier had clubs had any inkling that he would show plus power, arm strength and receiving skills in his pro debut.” …