Rick Semmler @ WTHI-TV:
Josh Phegley’s baseball career is on hold right now. The Wabash Valley baseball great has been out of action for a week and it looks like he will miss another month.
The former Terre Haute North baseball star is being treated for I-T-P syndrome, it’s a virus that attacks platelets in your body…
This is very serious, but not life threatening for Josh. Right now his body can’t produce the correct amount of platelets and until it can, he can’t play baseball again..
He is on a steroid to try and stabilize the platelets and get his body back to normal…
God, that sounds awful for Josh. Hopefully the treatment works.
BTW, here’s Wikipedia’s ITP entry.
With the question marks surrounding Flowers’ ability to stay at catcher, the lack of top-of-the-rotation arms beyond Hudson, and dearth of overall depth, White Sox fans don’t have much to look forward to.
1. Tyler Flowers C/1B / 2. Dan Hudson SP / 3. Brent Morel 3B / 4. John Ely SP / 5. Jared Mitchell OF / 6. Jordan Danks OF / 7. Dayan Viciedo 3B / 8. David Holmberg SP / 9. Josh Phegley C / 10. John Shelby OF
John Ely was traded to the Dodgers. No. 4 seems a bit high…
Alex Eisenberg posts the 6-15 part of his Sox prospect list. Here’s a sample from Dayan Viciedo’s scouting report:
Viciedo struggled to consistently center the ball, swinging through fastballs or fouling them off, but when he did connect, the contact was usually of the hard variety. Part of the problem was Viciedo swinging for the fences more often than not. He swings extremely hard and doesn’t adjust for the situation at hand, making it more difficult for him to center the ball.
*Credit to TriB81
Viciedo has tremendous raw strength and plenty of bat speed. In addition, he’s able to keep his swing relatively short in the process though he does wrap his bat behind his head, which adds to the length.
Viciedo also has to work on keeping his weight back as he gets too far out in front on his front foot at times. This happens often when he’s thrown an off-speed pitch and usually you’ll see him ground out meekly as a result.
It’s easy to forget that Viciedo is just 20 y/o and we have to ask ourselves how many other 20 y/o prospects would fare in Double-A in their first season of pro ball? I think most would say not well. …
Part 1: Chicago White Sox Top-15 Prospects of 2010, No’s 1 – 5.
The Chicago White Sox have agreed to terms on minor-league contracts with right-handed pitchers Greg Aquino and Daniel Cabrera, left-handed pitcher Erick Threets, infielder Freddie Bynum and outfielder Jason Botts.
The Cabrera signing is new. Stats: Cabrera. Stats for others: Bynum, Botts, Aquino, Threets.
Those 5 were invited to Spring Training. Also, Jordan Danks, Jared Mitchell, Brent Morel, and C.J. Retherford highlight the 10 players within the Sox system that were invited to Spring Training. More organization invitees: Charlie Leesman, Josh Phegley.
UPDATE: The other 4 organization invitees are C Miguel Gonzalez, C Donny Lucy, OF Josh Kroegar, and RHP Ryan Braun. Pitchers and catchers report to camp on February 21, position players on February 26. Here’s FutureSox’ post.
– Sox Minor Leaguer suspended 50 games
– Jim has some minor-league notes from Phil Rogers’ Baseball America chat (Trayce Thompson, Daniel Hudson, Clevelan Santeliz, John Ely, Dan Remenowsky, Josh Phegley, Santos Rodriguez, Charles Leesman, Sergio Santos, Jose Martinez, Ryan Buch).
– Fangraphs adds CHONE projections.
– Jonah Keri on Tim Raines.
– Dan Shaughnessy get the FJM treatment from Patrick Sullivan.
– Graph of starts/innings in 2009. And broken down by league.
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.
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.
Buddy explains things:
“That’s something we hadn’t done much in the past,” player development director Buddy Bell noted. “Before I got here, most of the players we took were more from the college level. But by design we wanted to get higher-ceiling guys out of high school who we could project.”
BTW, here’s the article’s secondary title: “Mitchell, Phegley, Thompson on fast track to Major Leagues”
Trayce Thompson is on the fast track?
1. Daniel Hudson, RHP
2. Jared Mitchell, OF
3. Tyler Flowers, C
4. Jordan Danks, CF
5. Dayan Viciedo, 3B
6. Brent Morel, 3B
7. Clevelan Santeliz, RHP
8. Trayce Thompson, OF
9. Santos Rodriguez, LHP
10. David Holmberg, LHP
11. C.J. Retherford, 2B
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.