The basic point is to find players who are not well-known as prospects on a national basis, but who could develop into something very interesting within the next year. Note that most of these guys aren’t going to appear in the majors in 2010 even if they do have a breakthrough.
Miguel Gonzalez, C, Chicago White Sox
February 23, 2010
February 21, 2010
The Sox have a deep crew of backstop prospects going into 2010, so what can we expect from them?
2009 in review: Flowers came over in the Javier Vazquez trade and quickly showed why. He tore it up right out of the gate for AA Birmingham. He hit for average (.302), power (.548 slugging) and got on base (.445 OBP). Tyler was promoted to AAA Charlotte and performed well enough there to earn a September call-up to the big league club. …
February 12, 2010
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. …
January 14, 2010
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.
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.
January 4, 2010
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. Jared Mitchell, of
2. Tyler Flowers, c
3. Dan Hudson, rhp
4. Brent Morel, 3b
5. Jordan Danks, of
6. Trayce Thompson, of
7. Dayan Viciedo, 3b
8. David Holmberg, lhp
9. Clevelan Santeliz, rhp
10. Miguel Gonzalez, c
December 9, 2009
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.
September 4, 2009
from today’s Prospects Chat:
Jeff (England): Joe Serafin has made a great start to his pro career, especially for a 37th rounder, with a 4.14 K/BB, 1.67 BB/9 as well as an improving K/9 since his jump to Low-A, but is he is for real? And do you know much about what he throws?
Matthew Eddy: White Sox lefty Joey Serafin works in the mid-80s with a fringy breaking ball, but the University of Vermont product shows poise and command, which often can be enough to dominate in Rookie ball and low Class A.
and from a question on Appalachian League prospects:
The White Sox have an 18-year-old Venezuelan catcher named Miguel Gonzalez with Bristol. He’s got a bit of a thick body but he impressed observers by hitting .300 and by driving the ball consistently (15 doubles). If he can stay at catcher, he’s got a shot.
July 11, 2009
2009 Sox Draft picks signings update.
A look on the Sox catching prospects.
2006 Sox Draft picks review.