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September 9, 2010

FutureSox reviews the 2010 Birmingham Barons


Jim Gallagher ended up being named the Barons team MVP for 2010.  Deservedly so, as he led the team in most offensive categories.  I’ve already stated before that I see him as a Ross Gload type if he were to make it to the majors.  He certainly is passionate enough to put forth the effort to get there.  I expect him to be in Charlotte for 2011.

Anthony Carter was named Barons pitcher of the year after having a fantastic run as a closer.  Hopefully he can build on that and put himself into consideration as a future big league reliever.  Deunte Heath pitched excellently for the Barons in relief, striking out 84 in 57.2 innings.  The White Sox made a good call giving him a second chance.  Both Carter and Heath should be in Charlotte in 2011.


Gallagher (25 years old): .590 PA, 292/.390/.425/.815, 74 BB / 89 K, .339 BABIP, .361 wOBA
Carter (24)
: 57.1 IP, 22 BB / 58 K, 3.92 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 3.91 FIP, .282 BABIP
Heath (25): 57.2 IP, 32 BB / 84 K, 3.12 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, 3.23 FIP, .369 BABIP

Stats for other Sox prospects.

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 24, 2009

Maximum and average pitcher’s velocities in the AFL

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 24, 2009 7:10 pm
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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

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 Day 37

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 21, 2009 12:27 am
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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 20, 2009

Sox protect Gartrell/Hynick/Omogrosso/Santos/Luis

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 20, 2009 12:37 pm
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The White Sox have purchased the contracts of outfielder Stefan Gartrell and right-handed pitchers Brandon Hynick, Brian Omogrosso and Sergio Santos from Class AAA Charlotte and right-hander Santo Luis from Class A Winston-Salem. With the moves, the White Sox 40-man roster is at 37.

No Shelby?

UPDATE: whitesox.com:

Santos’ numbers might not stand out, but he’s touched 97 mph while pitching in the Arizona Fall League over the past month and has shown improvement

“Sergio has a plus arm, and he’s someone who is drawing attention out there,” said Kirk Champion, the White Sox Minor League pitching coordinator.

Champion also said Santos’ slider is around the plate more than when he first transitioned and he has an outstanding changeup.

Mayo has the Rule 5 Draft order. The Sox have the 13th pick.

November 18, 2009

Rule 5 Draft 40-man roster deadline: Friday (Nov 20)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ November 18, 2009 1:57 pm
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Stefan Gartrell, a 25-year-old right fielder who hit 23 home runs last season in the high minors, is expected to be added to the White Sox’s 40-man roster by Friday, which is the deadline to protect players from the upcoming Rule 5 draft.

Besides Stefan Gartrell, other Sox players that must be protected are 24-year-old CF John Shelby, and 25-year-old pitchers Brian Omogrosso, Matt Long, and Justin Cassel.

October 29, 2009


Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 29, 2009 4:03 pm
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Peoria Javelinas vs. Mesa Solar Sox: Boxscore, Gameday. C.J. Retherford is playing 2B. Jordan Danks is playing LF. Weather: 64 degrees, sunny.

UPDATE: Peoria won 3-2:

Jordan Danks: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 B, .400 AVG
C.J. Retherford: 0-3, .333 AVG
Matt Long: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 K, 0 BB, 0 HR, 3.48 ERA

And an article on C.J. Retherford.

October 20, 2009


Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ October 20, 2009 1:44 pm
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Mesa Solar Sox vs. Peoria Javelinas: Boxscore, Gameday. Jordan Danks is playing RF. Dayan Viciedo is playing 3B. Justin Cassel is the Starting Pitcher. Weather: 76 degrees, sunny.

UPDATE: Peoria won 14-10:

Jordan Danks: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 E (throw), .389 AVG
Justin Cassel: 2.2 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 K, 1 BB, 0 HR, 9.53 ERA
Matt Long: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 K, 0 BB, 0 HR, 6.75 ERA
Sergio Santos: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 K, 1 BB, 2 HR, 5.40 ERA

Here’s Tom Carkeek’s Justin Cassel article.

October 17, 2009


Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 17, 2009 2:43 pm
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Scottsdale Scorpions vs. Peoria Javelinas: Boxscore, Gameday. Jordan Danks is playing RF. C.J. Retherford is playing 2B. Weather: 89 degrees, sunny.

UPDATE: Peoria won 9-5:

Jordan Danks: 2-5, 2 RBI, 1 K, .308 AVG
C.J. Retherford: 3-5, 1 3B, 2 RBI, .444 AVG
Matt Long: 1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, O K, O BB, 0 HR, 9.00 ERA

October 14, 2009


Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ October 14, 2009 4:05 pm
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Peoria Javelinas vs. Surprise Rafters: Boxscore, Gameday. Jordan Danks is playing RF, C.J. Retherford 2B, and Justin Cassel got the start. Weather: 81 degrees, sunny.

UPDATE: Peoria lost 6-4:

Jordan Danks: 0-3, 1 RBI
C.J. Retherford: 1-4, 1 3B, 1 RBI
Justin Cassel:  3 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 K, 1 BB
Matt Long:  2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 K, 0 BB

September 4, 2009

FutureSox on Eduardo Escobar

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 4, 2009 2:24 pm
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from the Prospects of August:

Escobar showed no signs of life until suddenly something seems to have clicked. On the season the 20 year-old Venezuelan is still only hitting .262, but he is a great defensive shortstop so his glove will probably be what carries him through the system. …

July 12, 2009

Matt Long and his cutter

Filed under: MiLB,MLB — The Wizard @ July 12, 2009 11:29 am
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The Newark Advocate:

He now relies on a cutter — the same pitch Long thought led to an arm injury as a sophomore at Miami University — and a curveball, and he’s racked up 11 strikeouts in 17 2/3 innings. … Working with Birmingham pitching coach J.R. Perdew, Long quickly found a comfort level. After figuring out his front side was a little flat, he worked with Perdew to create deception by throwing his glove through the arm slot where the ball will come. To get comfortable with that — something Long said was difficult to do at first — Long was put in the outfield during batting practice, going through a series of drills to get rid of the ball as quickly as he could when he caught it. ….

July 11, 2009

Minor league updates

2009 Sox Draft picks signings update.

A look on the Sox catching prospects.

2006 Sox Draft picks review.

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