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June 27, 2009

Sox announce 6 draft signees


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.


June 26, 2009

Dan Black promoted to Kannapolis

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 26, 2009 3:00 pm
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John Norris:

Daniel Black, after only three games in Bristol, has been promoted to Kannapolis.

June 25, 2009

THT Fantasy on Tyler Flowers

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 25, 2009 2:33 pm
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THT Fantasy:

Flowers’ bat has begun to heat up, and his plate discipline isn’t far off from Matt Wieters and Carlos Santana’s. He is coming on strong as the South Side’s replacement for A.J. Pierzynski, if the team is looking to move on. Pierzynski is having himself a heck of a year, though. We’ll see just how serious the White Sox are about a youth movement.

Justin Cassel demoted to Birmingham; Lucas Harrell promoted to Charlotte

FutureSox with the news:

After struggling in most of his starts in Charlotte this season, including last night, Justin Cassel was demoted to Birmingham. Cassel went 3-8 with a 5.26 ERA in 12 starts. Lucas Harrell was promoted to Charlotte in his place.

Another FutureSox scoop: 4th Round Pick RHP Matthew Heidenreich is expected to sign in the coming days and will forgo his UC Riverside committ.

Speaking of Birbingham, the Barons have the 2nd best winning percentage in the MiLB.

Tyler Flowers and Dayan Viciedo to play in the Futures Game

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 25, 2009 12:12 pm
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Flowers and Viciedo were chosen to participate in the 11th annual XM All-Star Futures Game.

The 11th annual XM All-Star Futures Game, pitting the best Minor League prospects from the United States against the best from the rest of the World, will be held at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on All-Star Sunday, July 12, at 1 p.m. CT. MLB.com will provide complete coverage before, during and after the game, which can be seen live on ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD and followed live on Gameday.

Flowers, a catcher, will be part of the United States team. Viciedo, a third baseman who came over from Cuba, will be part of the World team.

Mark Gonzales adds that Birmingham Barons’ manager Ever Magallanes will be one of the coaches for the World team.

FutureSox has more.

June 24, 2009

Sox sign RHP Paul Burnside (39th round) and RHP Brandon Kloess (Indy)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 24, 2009 10:44 pm
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Montgomery Advertiser:

Two Montgomery na­tives have signed with the Chicago White Sox, who assigned them to their Rookie-level team in Montana.

Jeff Davis High’s Paul Burnside and St. James graduate Brandon Kloess are both on the pitching staff of the Great Falls Voyagers.

Burnside was Chica­go’s 39th-round draft pick this month out of Auburn University. Kloess was with the in­dependent Windy City Thunderbolts after play­ing at Florida Atlantic from 2004-08.

Burnside: 2006-2009
Kloess 2004-2008, 2009

John Sickels reviews his sleeper picks

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 24, 2009 7:49 pm
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Let’s see what he had to say about guys in the White Sox system:

Dexter Carter, RHP, White Sox

22 years old, 3-2, 3.35 with a 94/20 K/BB in 78 innings for Class A Kannapolis, 75 hits allowed. Love the K/IP ratio. Drafted in the 13th round out of Old Dominion last year, he has good stuff but had severe control problems in college. Has turned that around as a pro, much more effective against the wooden bat. K/IP makes this look like a good call so far.

Dan Hudson, RHP, White Sox

22 years old, has pitched at three levels already this year, promoted to Double-A late last week. Is a combined 6-5, 2.43 with an 87/17 K/BB in 74 innings, just 49 hits allowed. Excellent component ratios, which he had last year in college also despite a disappointing season overall for Old Dominion. Keep a really close eye on this one.

Justin Smoak update

Filed under: MLB — The Wizard @ June 24, 2009 7:26 pm
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Kevin Goldstein writes:

After missing nearly a month with an oblique problem, Smoak beat up the Arizona Summer League for a couple days, but didn’t get a mention here, as when you are an elite-level 22-year old beating up on teenagers in a complex league, it just doesn’t count. This does however, as last year’s first-round selection picked up where he left off, raising his season averages to a fantastic .331/.450/.506. Meanwhile, in big league news, Rangers first baseman Chris Davis is 4-for-30 with 14 whiffs in his last nine games. We’re just sayin’.

and Jamey Newberg:

Smoak is back. Returning from an oblique strain that cost him nearly a month, the switch-hitter rehabbed twice in Surprise, Ariz. — with the big club in town for the D-backs series and some key front office officials along for the trip — going 4-for-6 with two home runs and a triple, and upon his return to Frisco he’s gone 3-for-6. As Chris Davis’ struggles continue, the Smoak clock is starting to tick more loudly.

White Sox 2009 draft selections

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 24, 2009 2:40 pm
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baseball-reference has all the selections:


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