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February 9, 2012

MLB.com’s 2012 Top 20 White Sox Prospects

Jonathan Mayo:

1. Addison Reed, RHP (video)
2. Nestor Molina, RHP (video)
3. Trayce Thompson, OF (video)
4. Eduardo Escobar, SS (video)
5. Jacob Petricka, RHP (video)
6. Erik Johnson, RHP (video)
7. Keenyn Walker, OF (video)
8. Simon Castro, RHP (video)
9. Tyler Saladino, SS (video)
10. Jhan Marinez, RHP (video)
11. Marcus Semien, SS (video)
12. Nate Jones, RHP (video)
13. Hector Santiago, LHP (video)
14. Charlie Leesman, LHP (video)
15. Kevan Smith, C (video)
16. Andy Wilkins, 1B (video)
17. Michael Blanke, C (video)
18. Scott Snodgress, LHP (video)
19. Jose Quintana, LHP (video)
20. Josh Phegley, C (video)

No Dylan Axelrod, Jared Mitchell, Andre Rienzo, Gregory Infante, Jeff Soptic, Rangel Ravelo on the list.

January 27, 2012

FutureSox’s 2012 Preseason Top 25 White Sox Prospects

Matt Cassidy:

1. Nestor Molina, RHP     [NEW]
2. Addison Reed, RHP     [Previous Rank: 2nd, no change]
3. Simon Castro, RHP     [NEW]
4. Tyler Saladino, SS     [Previous: 9th, +5]
5. Trayce Thompson, OF     [Previous: 3rd, -2]
6. Jacob Petricka, RHP     [Previous: 4th, -2]
7. Hector Santiago, LHP     [Previous: 16th, +9]
8. Keenyn Walker, OF     [Previous: 7th, -1]
9. Eduardo Escobar, SS     [Previous: 6th, -3]
10. Dylan Axelrod, RHP     [Previous: 19th, +9]
11. Jared Mitchell, OF     [Previous: 5th, -6]
12. Andre Rienzo, RHP     [Previous: 11th, -1]
13. Jhan Marinez, RHP     [NEW]
14. Gregory Infante, RHP     [Previous: 14th, no change]
15. Erik Johnson, RHP     [Previous: 17th, +2]
16. Charlie Leesman, LHP     [Previous: 15th, -1]
17. Pedro Hernandez, LHP     [NEW]
18. Andy Wilkins, 1B     [Previous: 13th, -5]
19. Scott Snodgress, LHP     [Previous: UNR]
20. Brandon Short, OF     [Previous: 12th, -8]
21. Jeff Soptic, RHP     [Previous: UNR]
22. Kevan Smith, C     [Previous: 24th, +2]
23. Ozzie Martinez, SS/2B     [NEW]
24. Ryan Buch, RHP     [Previous: 18th, -6]
25. Michael Blanke, C     [Previous: 32nd*, +7]

January 16, 2012

Kevin Goldstein’s 2012 Top 11 White Sox prospects

Kevin Goldstein @ BP:

System in 20 Words or Less: Two words: Not good.

Four-Star Prospects
1. Addison Reed, RHP
Three-Star Prospects
2. Nestor Molina, RHP
3. Trayce Thompson, OF
4. Jake Petricka, RHP
5. Simon Castro, RHP
6. Keenyn Walker, OF
Two-Star Prospects
7. Eduardo Escobar, SS
8. Jhan Marinez, RHP
9. Myles Jaye, RHP
10. Tyler Saladino, SS
11. Andre Rienzo, RHP

Goldstein has 9 more Sox prospects (Juan Silverio, 3B; Jared Mitchell, OF; Brandon Short, OF; Pedro Hernandez, LHP; Gregory Infante, RHP; Erik Johnson, RHP; Michael Blanke, C; Dylan Axelrod, RHP; Osvaldo Martinez, SS) more and his scouting report on Addison Reed at the link.

December 29, 2011

John Sickels’ Top 20 White Sox prospects for 2012

John Sickels:

1) Nestor Molina, RHP, Grade B+: Acquired from the Blue Jays for Sergio Santos, and immediately became Chicago’s first or second-best prospect. I think he can remain a starter. Molina was a big topic of discussion earlier this month.

2) Addison Reed, RHP, Grade B+: The best closer prospect in baseball thanks to superior command of 93-97 MPH fastball and devastating slider. You can make a case to rank him ahead of Molina, if you think Molina will be a reliever.

3) Tyler Saladino, SS, Grade C+: 2010 seventh round pick out of Oral Roberts developed from draft sleeper into solid prospect. Good power for a middle infielder, and has some idea about the strike zone, scouts like his work ethic. Main issue now is if he can stick at shortstop, and I think he has a decent chance to do so.

4) Trayce Thompson, OF, Grade C+: Highest-ceiling bat in system, tapping into his power now and making good progress on defense. Kills lefties but has serious contact problems against right-handed pitching. Struck out 172 times while repeating Low-A. Has the tools to be a star slugger but also carries a high risk of failure.

5) Hector Santiago, LHP, Grade C+: Came out of nowhere to reach the majors (briefly) in 2011 thanks to development of a new screwball to go with 90-95 MPH fastball. Third pitch still needs work and it is unclear if he starts or relieves in the long run, although recent rumors indicate the Sox will continue to start him. Projects as number three/four starter if third pitch develops, or a power relief arm.

The best closer prospect in baseball” comment helps explain Sergio Santos’ trade.

October 3, 2011

Kenny Williams’ 2012 plan: Let the kids play

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 3, 2011 8:30 pm
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Does that imply Carlos Quentin is gone? Will Kenny try to get A.J. Pierzynski to waive his 10-and-5 rights, so he can trade him?

Other White Sox links:

June 4, 2011

J.J. explains Phil Humber’s success [UPDATE]

Stankevitz @ BL:

Humber’s two best pitches this season have been his 12-6 curveball and his straight changeup. Since entering the rotation, he’s thrown his curveball on 24.6 percent of pitches; his changeup, 22.1 percent. Humber’s effectiveness with his curveball has been key in his turnaround, as it’s gone from a good to a great pitch. …

Other White Sox links: FutureSox looks at Mike Blanke’s promotion A+ Winston-Salem, Kenny Williams believes in the White Sox but doesn’t think anything he says matters and doesn’t plan on trading John Danks, Frank Thomas says Adam Dunn needs to play the field more, Ozzie Guillen says John Danks’ 0-8 start is 80% the fault of the offense, and A.J. Pierzynski gave Minnie Driver a few tips for throwing the first pitch in yesterday’s game: No windup and aim high (go to the 7:40 point)! And Minnie was wearing #11 when she threw the game’s first pitch (video). The ladies love Omar!

UPDATE: More Minnie:


http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?c_id=cws&content_id=15630563 (1:26)

First video:


http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?c_id=cws&content_id=15500495 (0:30)

One more:

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?c_id=cws&content_id=16468343 (1:46)

April 10, 2011

Jacob Petricka strikes out 9 and walks one (April 10)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 10, 2011 9:24 pm
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4/10:

Kannapolis Intimidators
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Petricka 6.0 0 0 0 1 9 0 0.00
Reed 2.0 1 0 0 1 4 0 0.00
Wilson, J 2.0 0 0 0 3 2 0 0.00
Negus 2.0 1 0 0 2 1 0 0.00
Cooney, C 2.2 1 0 0 1 1 0 0.00
Upchurch (W, 1-0) 1.1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.00

Groundouts-flyouts: Petricka 5-4, Reed 2-0, Wilson, J 0-1, Negus 2-1, Cooney, C 5-2, Upchurch 0-1.
Batters faced: Petricka 20, Reed 8, Wilson, J 9, Negus 8, Cooney, C 10, Upchurch 4.

Mike Blanke’s 2-run HR in the 16th inning provided the only runs of the game.

March 29, 2011

Jeff Marquez clears waivers

Gonzales @ CT:

Pitcher Jeff Marquez was expected to accept an assignment to Triple-A Charlotte on Wednesday after clearing waivers.

Good. We’ll see how his Spring Training K & BB ratios hold up.

Gonzales also reports the minor league teams where some of the Sox prospects will be assigned to. Jared Mitchell will go to A+ Winston-Salem; Josh Phegley and Andy Wilkins to AA Birmingham; Mike Blanke, Trayce Thompson, Jacob Petricka, and Addison Reed to A Kannapolis.

March 7, 2011

FutureSox looks at the White Sox catching prospects [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 7, 2011 3:30 pm
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The catching prospects were Tyler Flowers, Miguel Gonzalez, Josh Phegley, and 2010 draftee Mike Blanke:

The Canadian put up massive numbers for Great Falls and scouting reports are surprisingly positive about him. It’s hard to put stock in rookie ball numbers, but there’s a lot to like. The word is that his defense is actually quite good, which goes against what we read when he was drafted. Blanke is a serious sleeper candidate for 2011, but at 22 he does have to get moving.

UPDATE: Here’s another article about Mike Blanke:

[UT coach] Urso says, “There’s not a guy in the program that puts in more time (than Blanke). This guy just works and works and works.”

And grows and grows and grows. Blanke, a 6-foot-4, 230-pounder, laughs when he points out that his license still says he’s 5-9. Of course, a few years ago, he was, before sprouting up half a foot over a two-year span from his junior year in high school until his sophomore year at St. Petersburg College. The growth spurt was a blessing in disguise. …

February 25, 2011

White Sox prospects on John Sickels’ ‘Sleeper! Alert!’ list

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 25, 2011 10:30 pm
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John Sickels lists his sleeper picks:

Michael Blanke, C, Chicago White Sox …
Andre Rienzo, RHP, Chicago White Sox …
Tyler Saladino, SS, Chicago White Sox

Rienzo is an SBT favorite. Here are some recent updates on him:

Baseball-Intellect, 1/30/11:

Intriguing sleeper…report contains a breakdown of his mechanics, which are pretty Tim Lincecum-esque

Diamond Futures, 12/21/10:

Rienzo uses a low-mid 90s fastball to key a relatively well-developed three-pitch repertoire. He carries his velocity deep into games, and looks like a potential back of the rotation starter.

Futuresox, 12/20/10:

Rienzo flashes pretty decent stuff, featuring a mid 90s fastball and developing offspeed stuff. Along with this, Rienzo has displayed pretty decent control.

January 6, 2011

John Sickels’ White Sox Top 20 Prospects for 2011

Sickels:

1) Chris Sale, LHP, Grade A: I don’t see how I can give him anything but a Grade A considering how his debut went. Starter or closer, either way he looks great to me.

2) Brent Morel, 3B, Grade B: Should be a solid regular, very good glove, bat will be enough, Joe Randa comps are common and accurate, in my view.

… 9) Andre Rienzo, RHP, Grade C+: This guy is a huge sleeper. You won’t see him on many other lists, but he has good stuff and good numbers. From Brazil.

The rest at the link.

November 23, 2010

FutureSox’ White Sox Top 25 post-season prospects list [UPDATE]

FutureSox:

1. Chris Sale
2. Dayan Viciedo
3. Brent Morel
4. Jared Mitchell
5. Tyler Flowers
6. Trayce Thompson
7. Eduardo Escobar
8. Jacob Petricka
9. Jordan Danks
10. Addison Reed

UPDATE: Jim covers the White Sox Top 10 prospect list by Phil Rogers for Baseball America.

November 5, 2010

Fangraphs’ “must watch” and more 2011 White Sox prospects

Both articles are from Bryan Smith. First the “must watch” prospects:

In 56 plate appearances (so, sample size alert), Sale held right-handers to a .120/.214/.240 batting line. He did it while throwing them six change-ups in 220 pitches (2.7%), which accounted for 3 balls, 2 called strikes and 1 swinging strike. It was a non-factor. as he went with a two-pitch approach: 66.8% four seamers, 26.4% sliders. And, to my surprise, looking at his Texas Leaguers chart, he wasn’t just back-dooring the slider everytime. It’s a pitch he trusts, and a pitch that works, against right-handers. …

and those prospects outside the ‘Top 10′:

I credit Baseball America and Matt Eddy being the first to make me aware of Mike Blanke, the team’s 13th-round pick from the Division II University of Tampa. Blanke hit .329/.400/.508 in the Pioneer League, where Eddy ranked him as the number seven prospect. He wrote, “…he would have gone much earlier had clubs had any inkling that he would show plus power, arm strength and receiving skills in his pro debut.” …

September 27, 2010

Baseball America’s Pioneer League Top 20 Prospects

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 27, 2010 12:15 pm
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Eddy @ BA:

7. Mike Blanke, c, Great Falls (White Sox)

8. Addison Reed, rhp, Great Falls (White Sox)

19. Thomas Royse, rhp, Great Falls (White Sox)

September 16, 2010

Mike Blanke: 2010 Great Falls Voyagers MVP

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 16, 2010 2:21 am
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Feingold:

Joe Urso, Head Coach of the [U of Tampa] Spartan baseball team, said that the coaches saw Blanke progressing as a player and growing into his body. Urso said that Blanke was 5 feet 10 inches coming out of high school. On the roster for UT, Blanke was listed at 6 feet 4 inches tall. … “That was the big challenge, how he was going to develop as a catcher here,” said Urso. “He did a great job and everything I’m hearing from the White Sox scouts and the people we talk to is they’re just raving about this guy’s ability, not only as a hitter but now as a catcher as well.”

… Coach Urso said that Blanke is solid at blocking balls in the dirt and has good arm strength, but will have to work on his receiving ability and the speed of his release behind the plate.

Blanke: Stats, Splits

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