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 11, 2009
December 3, 2009
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?
November 24, 2009
Name Maximum Average Sergio Santos 98.8 95.95 Jacob Rasner 93.1 91.59 Matt Long 91.6 90.34 Justin Cassel 91.1 88.27 Kyle Bellamy 88.2 87.01
November 23, 2009
… 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.
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
No games today. The Championship game is tomorrow (1:35 pm CT on MLB Network & MLB.com).
Let’s look at the final pitching stats for the Sox prospects:
Matt Long: 3.48 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP with 7 Ks and 1 BB in 10.1 IP
Kyle Bellamy: 1.59 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP with 7 Ks and 4 BBs in 5.2 IP
Sergio Santos: 6.14 ERA and a 1.70 WHIP with 20 Ks and 10 BBs in 14.2 IP
Justin Cassel: 7.85 ERA and a 1.91 WHIP with 13 Ks and 10 BBs in 18.1 IP
Jacob Rasner: 9.45 ERA and a 2.85 WHIP with 4 Ks and 6 BBs in 6.2 IP
November 18, 2009
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.
November 10, 2009
UPDATE: Javelinas won 9-5:
Jordan Danks: 0-3, 2 BB, 2 K, .329 AVG
Brent Morel: 3-3, 1 RBI, 1 E (1, fielding), .371 AVG
Jacob Rasner: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 K, 2 BB, 0 HR, 18.90 ERA
Kyle Bellamy: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 K, 2 BB, 0 HR, 3.38 ERA
November 5, 2009
Peoria Javelinas vs. Mesa Solar Sox: 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: 87 degrees, sunny.
UPDATE: Peoria lost 8-1:
Jordan Danks: 0-5, 2 K, .333 AVG
C.J. Retherford: 0-4, 2 K, .255 AVG
Brent Morel: 1-3, 1 BB, .280 AVG
Justin Cassel: 3.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 3 K, 1 BB, 0 HR, 1 DP, 5.52 ERA
Jacob Rasner: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 K, 0 BB, 0 HR, 27.00 ERA
Kyle Bellamy: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 K, 0 BB, 0 HR, 0.00 ERA
November 2, 2009
BTW, did Kyle Bellamy join the AFL (end of page)?
UPDATE: Peoria won 6-4 and Kyle Bellamy pitched one scoreless inning:
Jordan Danks: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1K, .389 AVG
C.J. Retherford: 1-4, .302 AVG
Brent Morel: 1-4, 1 K, .222 AVG
Kyle Bellamy: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 K, 1 BB, 0 HR, 0.00 ERA
October 2, 2009
Kannapolis, the Sox Low-A affiliate, put up a chubby 5.12 ERA in 2007. In 2008, it dropped more than a full point to 4.08. And here in 2009, it dropped 80 more points to 3.24, 2nd best in the South Atlantic League by just .01. They were also 2nd in strikeouts, 2nd in WHIP, and led the league with 15 shutouts. Not surprisingly they finished the season at 82-57, best record in the 16-team league, despite being below the median in most offensive categories. And the pitching staff that achieved this was filled mostly with players drafted or signed since the 2008 June draft, not much more than a year ago. …
September 22, 2009
His fastball can get up to 90 m.p.h., but sits more in the 88-89 range, and has a lot of sink. Lefties have struggled with his frisbee slider, but it will likely need improvement if he is going to project as more than a righty specialist. …
September 9, 2009
from one writer’s favorite pick, Ryan Buch:
He’s got the potential to become a mid-rotation starter due to his solid three pitch mix of a low to mid 90’s fastball, excellent curve and improving change. The command of his fastball can be erratic which is what could prevent him from reaching his potential but he’s definitely the prime candidate to be next year’s Dexter Carter or Dan Hudson. …
Lots more at the link.
July 13, 2009
June 27, 2009
Josh Phegley was one of six selections the team announced it had come to terms with from the 2009 First-Year Player Draft. Right-handed pitchers Matthew Heidenreich (fourth round), Kyle Bellamy (fifth round) and Jimmy Ballinger (11th round) joined Phegley, the 38th overall pick from Indiana University, infielder Jared McDonald (21st round) and first baseman Leighton Pangilinan (40th round) on that list. … Of the six picks, Phegley is the only one targeted for Class-A Kannapolis. The other five will begin at Advanced Rookie Bristol.
BTW, Mark Gonzales reported that “Jared Mitchell, the White Sox’s first pick in the June amateur draft, is expected to agree to terms soon.”
FutureSox speculates on the possible moves Phegley’s assignment will cause.