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May 30, 2011

Brian Bruney and Jeff Marquez up. Dallas McPherson, Lucas Harrell down

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 30, 2011 6:00 pm
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Brian Bruney and Jeff Marquez. Season’s over.

February 7, 2011

BTB has the White Sox rotation as the best in the AL Central

Satchel Price:

When this rotation is healthy, few teams west of Philly can boast a stronger group from top to bottom. Buehrle might average 86 MPH with his fastball, but he’s essentially a lock for 200+ innings and 3+ WAR. Danks, Floyd and Jackson have shown continued improvement over the past couple years; each posted 3.8 WAR or higher last season and they all have the potential to exceed that mark again in 2011. The No. 5 spot in the rotation is murky, but the upside is massive between Peavy and Sale. And even if Peavy doesn’t return until June and Sale is the club’s closer, this is still an obvious strength given how good the front four guys are. When you look at this group of guys and where some of them started, it’s hard not credit Don Cooper for everything he’s done in Chicago. People love what Dave Duncan does for the Cardinals in St. Louis, but there’s no doubt that the AL has a similar equivalent in Mr. Cooper.

January 21, 2011

Kenny Williams wants Chris Sale to start until Jake Peavy is ready [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 21, 2011 10:45 pm
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Gonzales @ CT:

Williams did anticipate that Jake Peavy could miss up to the first month of the regular season but stated that he has received positive text messages from his injured pitcher.

Nevertheless, Williams intimated that Chris Sale will prepare this spring as a starter until Peavy is healthy.

Williams said he’d like Tony Pena to remain a reliever, leaving Philip Humber, Lucas Harrell and Sale as potential fifth starter candidates until Peavy is ready.

UPDATE: Merkin @ CWS:

The reason Chris Sale prepared himself as a starter this offseason was not necessarily because he is expected to be inserted into the 2011 starting rotation. General manager Ken Williams simply didn’t want Sale to break from the usual routine he employed over the past few years at this formative stage of his career.

“If you now try to have him do something he’s not used to doing, you might not get the guy you just saw the last half of the season,” Williams said. “I think it’s important for him to always prepare — for all guys, not just him — as they always have to get the most out of him.

“As we are currently set up, it’s my feeling he ultimately will be in the bullpen. We won’t have that need, at least no longer than 30 days, if we have it at all. But to have him prepare as a reliever and take away one or two of his pitches because that’s what guys tend to do, I don’t think it’s wise.”

Williams also doesn’t believe Sale would be hampered by moving back and forth between starter and reliever in the same season.

“When you can do it, you can do it,” Williams said. “He’s shown he can do it. Leave him alone.”

UPDATE #2: Peavy thinks he will be ready by Opening Day.

January 8, 2011

Don Cooper is optimistic Jake Peavy will be ready by Opening Day

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 8, 2011 11:00 pm
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Padilla @ ESPN:

… Cooper is optimistic that Jake Peavy will be able to return by Opening Day, although some conservative estimates have his 2011 debut pushed back as far as mid-May. And what if Peavy isn’t ready when the season starts?

“We will be able to get somebody that will do what we need them to do until Peavy is ready,” Cooper said. “I remember the days when we had to find a No. 3, 4 and 5 starter. We will be able to get somebody.”

Since Cooper doesn’t make final player personnel decisions, he is looking at in-house candidates to bridge the gap until Peavy’s return. He named Charlie Leesman, Lucas Harrell and Tony Pena as starting candidates. …

Cooper doesn’t like the idea of shifting Chris Sale from the rotation to the bullpen during the season.

November 8, 2010

Most Important Sox, 2011 and beyond edition (#21-30)

Ballantini @ CSN:

As the coals in the hot stove are just beginning to get stoked up, it’s time to rank the current Chicago White Sox, in order of importance for 2011 and beyond. It’s not intended to be a strict list of merely the best players, or best values, on the White Sox. Rather, it takes into account team depth, the free agent market, or answering the question of which player would hurt the most not being on the team? …

30. Eduardo Escobar, SS

One great AFL season does not make a prospect. But given that Escobar has lit up a fall season that earns more than its fair share of attention from major-league eyes, Escobar becomes an important trade chip this winter. Perhaps the inclusion of the shortstop in a Carlos Quentin-Colby Rasmus deal with St. Louis gets that trade done.

July 30, 2010

Tonight’s White Sox starting pitcher: Lucas Harrell

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 30, 2010 1:08 pm
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whitesox.com:

Prior to tonight’s game vs. Oakland, the Chicago White Sox recalled right-handed pitcher Lucas Harrell from Class AAA Charlotte. Harrell, who will wear uniform No. 58, will make his major-league debut tonight in a start against the Athletics.

Harrell, 25, is 9-9 with a 4.24 ERA (56 ER/119.0 IP) and 73 strikeouts in 22 starts with Charlotte this season. The 6-foot-2, 200 pounder has allowed a .256 (114-445) opponents average with 53 walks.

Harrell is 42-37 with a 3.79 ERA (258 ER/613.1 IP) and 404 strikeouts in 121 games (115 starts) over seven seasons in the White Sox minor-league system. His best season came in 2009 when he went 12-4 with a 3.27 ERA (53 ER/146.0 IP) in 25 starts between Class AA Birmingham and Charlotte.

Harrell originally was selected by the Sox in the fourth round of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft.

Harrell’s stats: Not good.

April 13, 2010

FutureSox’ Top 25 White Sox prospects

FutureSox:

Rank Player Points Previous Change
1 Dan Hudson 208 2 1
2 Tyler Flowers 203 1 -1
3 Jordan Danks 194 4 1
4 Dayan Viciedo 186 3 -1
5 Jared Mitchell 184 6 1
6 Brent Morel 178 7 1

March 16, 2010

Sox make 8 roster moves

whitsox.com:

Prior to today’s game vs. the Colorado Rockies, the Chicago White Sox made the following eight roster moves:

  • Optioned RHP Freddy Dolsi, RHP Lucas Harrell, RHP Jhonny Nunez, RHP Brian Omogrosso and RHP Clevelan Santeliz to Class AAA Charlotte;
  • Outrighted RHP Brandon Hynick to Charlotte;
  • Optioned RHP Santo Luis to Class AA Birmingham;
  • Reassigned C Cole Armstrong to minor-league camp.

With the moves, the White Sox have 44 players remaining in major-league camp: 20 pitchers, four catchers, 11 infielders and nine outfielders. The 40-man roster decreases by one to 39.

March 13, 2010

FutureSox reviews Sox Right-Handed pitching prospects (high minors)

Here’s what they have to say on Dan Hudson:

What he needs to improve: His minor league numbers were sparkling, but in the Majors he had issues with consistency and control. Much of this can probably be attributed to nerves, but it’s still something to watch out for. Hudson has good stuff, but not good enough to be effectively wild.

March 3, 2010

Sox sign Beckham, Flowers, Hudson and 13 others to contracts for 2010

whitesox.com:

The Chicago White Sox have agreed to terms on 2010 contracts with the following 16 players:

Catchers (1) – Tyler Flowers

Infielders (3) – Gordon Beckham, Brent Lillibridge and Jayson Nix

Outfielders (2) – Alejandro De Aza and Stefan Gartrell

Pitchers (10) – Lucas Harrell, Daniel Hudson, Brandon Hynick, Santo Luis, Jeff Marquez, Jhonny Nunez, Brian Omogrosso, Clevelan Santeliz, Carlos Torres and Randy Williams.

All members of the White Sox 40-man roster are signed for 2010.

UPDATE: Beckham got $445,000.

February 28, 2010

Ozzie Guillen conflicted with Dan Hudson; Erick Threets impressive

Levine:

Manager Ozzie Guillen said on Sunday that he is torn between letting Hudson pitch out of the bullpen and occasionally have a spot start as opposed to pitching every five days at Triple-A.

I asked Guillen for an assessment of Hudson at this point.

“I love him,” Guillen said. “Right now if he doesn’t make the ballclub, it’s better to get his innings because we never know what is going to happen with the five starters.” …

Merkin:

Decisions will have to be made about what to do with rookie Daniel Hudson, who is competing for the long-relief spot. Manager Ozzie Guillen indicated on Sunday that Hudson might be better served getting his regular work in the Minors, as opposed to being used sporadically by the White Sox.

Freddy Dolsi, Lucas Harrell, Sergio Santos, Carlos Torres and Daniel Cabrera all are in contention for that long-relief job, while Guillen said Randy Williams has the upper hand for the left-handed specialist spot but is no roster lock. That assessment is good news for non-roster invite Erick Threets, the hard-throwing southpaw who has impressed during the first week of camp.

Gonzales:

The second left-handed relief spot is Randy Williams’ job to lose, but Erick Threets has been given an extended look and has impressed the coaching staff so far. Look for Threets to challenge Williams.

February 25, 2010

Starting five to make most of spring training starts

Merkin:

All it would take is one brief look at a sheet of paper located in the coaches’ office at Camelback Ranch for Don Cooper to lay out the full Cactus League work schedule for his starting five.

The group of Mark Buehrle, Jake Peavy, Gavin Floyd, John Danks and Freddy Garcia is so crucial to the team’s success that they will stay as close to on schedule as humanly possible.

“I really could tell you the whole Spring Training, if nobody gets hurt,” said Cooper, sitting in his golf cart and watching workouts on Thursday. “We have some split-squad games, and we might have some ‘B’ games. You never know. Maybe Charlie Leesman or [Daniel] Hudson or [Carlos] Torres or [Daniel] Cabrera will get a start there, in those situations.

“Otherwise, our starting pitchers will be doing all the starting.” …

December 9, 2009

John Sickels 2010 Top 20 Sox prospects

Sickels:

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.

December 6, 2009

Linebrink on the move?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 6, 2009 3:03 pm
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Cafardo’s Winter Meetings overview:

The White Sox need a leadoff batter (Coco Crisp? Damon?), a backup catcher, and a lefthanded reliever. While they unloaded good pitching talent for Jake Peavy in August, they still could move pitching prospect Lucas Harrell. The White Sox will likely keep closer Bobby Jenks and hope he takes his conditioning seriously this winter. Utility player Brent Lillibridge and reliever Scott Linebrink could be had.

Moving Linebrink would be nice but I don’t think anybody wants him…

August 27, 2009

Lucas Harrell to join Team USA

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ August 27, 2009 9:57 pm
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Team USA will have 3 White Sox minor-league players when it plays on the World Cup next month: pitchers Lucas Harrell (rhp), Ehren Wasserman (rhp) and outfielder Josh Kroeger.

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