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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.


Jordan Danks named to the AFL 2009 Top Prospects Team

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ December 9, 2009 6:27 pm
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Sox outfielder Jordan Danks made the [Arizona Fall League 2009 Top Prospects] team, selected by AFL managers, coaches and administrators. Voters were asked to consider fall performance and major-league projectability.

BTW, Kenny Williams said the Sox likely would not get involved in Thursday’s Rule 5 Draft. Rumors for the Rule 5 draft here.

December 4, 2009

Kenny Williams on Dayan Viciedo

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 4, 2009 5:36 pm
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Viciedo stayed at 3rd base because Buddy Bell likes his improvement there but may ultimately move to 1st base. Here’s Kenny:

“Do I think ultimately he might go to the other side of the field because of the athleticism we want out there and the way we are shaped? Yeah, it’s a possibility,” said Williams of the 5-foot-11, 240-pound Viciedo. “But it’s too soon, because you never know when your next deal or opportunity may come. You leave them at their main position first, because you don’t want to stunt their growth at that position. After that, you can go over to first base pretty easily. … He’s very much in the plans. How can he not be?” Williams said. “The kid is going to light up the scoreboard when he gets here. He worked his tail off, which I’m very proud of. He’s going to force his way here. Where that shakes out, we will figure it out at the time. I like it when guys force their ways here.”

More on Sox prospects (Daniel Hudson, Tyler Flowers, Jordan Danks, Jared Mitchell) at the link.

Kenny is waiting for bargains

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 4, 2009 2:54 pm
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Kenny sees more players signings after the Winter Meetings next week and that could mean better bargains, like for a leadoff hitter:

“As much as 90 percent of the other teams in the league that don’t have the ideal leadoff guy. Just like we had Orlando Cabrera a couple years ago. It wasn’t the ideal situation, but we won a division title with it.  You look at some of the teams that are around that have been successful, and they don’t have the ideal guy.”

Kenny, also, isn’t worrying about a backup catcher:

“We’ve asked around a litlte bit, we’ve had some talks, but we don’t see it as a sitatuion where we have to do something that doesn’t fit in what we’re trying to do overall, because we do have options there at the positton.”

And Andruw Jones wants to compete for a starting outfield spot but he’s seen more as a backup.

BTW, Buster Olney hears the Sox don’t have much payroll flexibility.

UPDATE: Rest assured, the Sox won’t be forfeiting the #1 spot in the hitting order says Kenny.

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 23, 2009

SoxMachine’s AFL Review

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 23, 2009 2:56 pm
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… Watching Danks from the center field cam instead of from the side, that’s who he reminded me of, which isn’t good. Especially since Erstad once had good bat speed, but lost it as age and injuries took their toll.  If Danks can be busted with fastballs in — just like Ryan Sweeney, and just like Jerry Owens if you want to keep it to age-relevant types — it’s going to be an uphill climb.

The good news is that Danks handled all chances in center with ease, even with the dreaded high sky causing problems for others.  He also can take a pitch, and when you package it all together, you get a guy who can be useful. He’s just not a bat anybody should be counting on.

FutureSox’ AFL Review


Jordan Danks finished in the top five in hits, walks and OBP and led the league in runs scored (31). Danks plays good center field and the scouts agreed in various reports out of Arizona. He had a great walk rate (20 in 99 AB) and hit .343, but the concern has been contact rate and he did nothing to change that. He struck out in almost 22% of his plate appearances in Arizona, staying in line with his 2009 numbers in Winston-Salem and Birmingham. He doesn’t project to hit for big power so he will need to improve that to be a successful hitter in the Majors. At the same time, a good defensive center fielder that can get on-base will always have a job. …

BTW, the Tribune has some numbers here.

November 21, 2009

AFL Championship game [UPDATE: Peoria wins!] (video)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 21, 2009 2:26 pm
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Phoenix Desert Dogs vs. Peoria Javelinas: Boxscore, Gameday. Jordan Danks is playing CF. Brent Morel is playing 3B. C.J. Retherford is playing 2B. Weather: 70 degrees, sunny.

Watch the free live webcast at MLB.com or turn your TV at the MLB Network.

UPDATE: Peoria won 5-4:

Jordan Danks: 0-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Brent Morel: 2-4
C.J. Retherford: 1-3, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB
Sergio Santos: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 K, 0 BB, 0 HR

Bottom of the 8th, 1 out, Peoria down 4-3: C.J. Retherford hits a 2-run HR and puts Peoria up 5-4. That was the final score. MLB.com story here. Baseball America recap here.

VIDEO: C.J. Retherford’s 2-run HR (0:46). More AFL videos here.

AFL Championship: lineups, times and broadcasts

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 21, 2009 4:01 am
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From MLBazFallLeague:

Peoria Javelinas lineup: Ackley 7, Danks 8, Mitchell 3, Morel 5, Lambo DH, Wells 9, Lucroy 2, Retherfoed 4, Iorg 6. SP: Anthony Varvaro.

Phoenix Desert Dogs lineup: Angle 8, Espinosa 6, C. Brown 9, Marrero 3, Desme 7, Bell 5, Ashley 2, Weeks 4, O’Malley DH. SP: Mitch Talbot.

Broadcasts: MLB Network on TV and FREE LIVE WEBCAST on MLB.com, today on 1:30 pm CT (2:30 pm ET). Game time: 1:45 pm CT (2:45 pm ET). Victor Rojas & Tony Clark on the call.

November 19, 2009

Final AFL stats

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 19, 2009 8:29 pm
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Jordan Danks: .343/.458/.505/.963 with 20 BBs / 26 Ks in 99 ABs (10 XBHs: 7 2B, 3 HR)
Brent Morel
: .435/.456/.565/1.020 with 4 BBs / 7 Ks in 62 ABs (4 XBHs: 2 2B, 2 HR)
C.J. Retherford: .246/.333/.348/.681 with 7 BBs and 9 Ks in 69 ABs (4 XBHs: 2 3B, 1 HR)
Dayan Viciedo: .333/.350/.556/.906 with 1 BB and 6 Ks in 18 ABs (2 XBHs: 1 2B, 1 HR)


With a phenomenal closing rush, White Sox prospect Brent Morel ran away with the Arizona Fall League batting championship. The third baseman went 19-for-33 over his final eight games to close at .435 and beat Yankees farmhand Colin Curtis by 38 points. Morel did not join the league until Oct. 26 and did not accumulate enough plate appearances to qualify for the title until the final day. Sox outfielder Jordan Danks led the league with 31 runs and was top 10 in hits, doubles, RBIs, total bases and walks.


Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 19, 2009 3:02 pm
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Scottsdale Scorpions vs. Peoria Javelinas: Boxscore, Gameday. Jordan Danks is playing RF. Brent Morel is playing 3B. Weather: 68 degrees, sunny.

UPDATE: Peoria lost 17-9:

Jordan Danks: 2-4, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB, .343 AVG
Brent Morel: 3-4, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 BB, .435 AVG
C.J. Retherford: 1-3, 1 DP, .246 AVG
Sergio Santos: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 K, 0 BB, 0 HR, 6.14 ERA

That was the final game of AFL’s regular season. The Championship between the Peoria Javelinas (18-14) and the Phoenix Desert Dogs (19-13) is on Saturday (1:35 pm CT on MLB Network & MLB.com).

Baseball America on Jordan Danks

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ November 19, 2009 2:31 pm
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White Sox outfielder Jordan Danks has been solid for the Peoria Javelinas, hitting .322/.445/.467 in 24 games. Danks is a patient hitter who can work the count well, walking 19 times in 110 plate appearances. He’s also struck out 24 times, showing some struggles against offspeed pitches and fastballs on the inner half. Though Danks is 6-foot-4, 210 pounds, some scouts question whether he’ll ever hit for much power, and he hasn’t shown much ability to pull the ball for power in the AFL. While he doesn’t have classic plus-plus speed in center field, he has shown good instincts reading fly balls off the bat, athleticism and a solid throwing arm.

“I hear he’s a center fielder, yet I’ve had to play him in right field a little bit and he’s made spectacular catches against the walls, so he’s adjusted well to the corner position,” said Javelinas manager Kevin Bradshaw, the Tigers’ roving infield coordinator. “He runs the bases very well—he gets the best leads out of anyone we have—and he’s been hitting the ball for power the other way.”

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 18, 2009


Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 18, 2009 4:33 pm
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Phoenix Desert Dogs vs. Peoria Javelinas: Boxscore, Gameday. Jordan Danks is playing RF. Brent Morel is playing 3B. C.J. Retherford is playing 2B. Justin Cassel is the Starting Pitcher. Weather: 72 degrees, sunny.

UPDATE: Peoria lost 7-6:

Jordan Danks: 3-5, 1 K, 1 SB, .337 AVG
Brent Morel: 3-5, 1 HR, 2 RBI, .414 AVG
C.J. Retherford: 0-2, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 DP, .242 AVG
Justin Cassel: 3.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 K, 1 BB, 0 HR, 7.85 ERA
Jacob Rasner: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 K, 2 BB, 0 HR, 9.45 ERA
Kyle Bellamy: 2.- IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 K, 0 BB, 0 HR, 1.59 ERA

Today’s game between Peoria and Phoenix was a preview of Saturday’s Championship game, which will air live on MLB Network (1:30 pm CT).

More on Morel here.

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