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March 10, 2010

Fangraph’s Top 50 AL prospects

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 10, 2010 2:45 pm
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Hulet:

20. Tyler Flowers, C, Chicago White Sox
33. Daniel Hudson, RHP, Chicago White Sox

March 4, 2010

THT Fantasy’s Top 200 prospects for 2010

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 4, 2010 11:20 am
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Hagen:

29. Tyler Flowers / C/1B
71. Dan Hudson / SP
142. Brent Morel / 3B

Flower’s projections:

Average Year Projection:
.270 / .354 / 18 HR / 30 2B / 1 3B / 83 RBI / 80 R / 75 BB / 118 SO / 2 SB / 2 CS
Prime Year Projection:
.282 / .382 / 23 HR / 33 2B / 2 3B / 93 RBI / 88 R / 82 BB / 107 SO / 4 SB / 3 CS

BTW, Beckham was #10 before losing his prospect status.

February 24, 2010

February 24 links

- BDD’s Top Prospects Compilation: Update #15:

Spreadsheet: 2009-2010-Top-Prospect-Lists.xls [210 KB]

- Opening Day (1985 and on) and Year-end (1999 and on) payroll information for all MLB teams from Biz of Baseball. Also some, not all, player salaries for years before 1985.

- MLBTR’s White Sox Offseason Review.

- Final draft order.

- Mark Gonzales tells us the areas the Sox will be focusing on in their Spring Training workouts.

- Golebiewski @ BDD: “Can Chris B. Young Be Salvaged?”

- Players improve in the second year of a 2-yr contract.

- Wrist Injuries and Power: A Quick Glance.

February 18, 2010

Another prospect compilation spreadsheet

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 18, 2010 1:38 pm
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This one is from fantasyrundown.com:

http://fantasyrundown.com/2010_MLB_Prospects.html

The first one is from baseballdailydigest.com/tag/compilation/:

http://www.baseballdailydigest.com/2010/02/10/top-prospects-compilation…/

BTW, I got a glove-slap from Tango for the second link! The first I saw it on THT.

THT ranks Sox farm system 29th out of 30

Hagen:

29. Chicago White Sox

With the question marks surrounding Flowers’ ability to stay at catcher, the lack of top-of-the-rotation arms beyond Hudson, and dearth of overall depth, White Sox fans don’t have much to look forward to.

1. Tyler Flowers C/1B / 2. Dan Hudson SP / 3. Brent Morel 3B / 4. John Ely SP / 5. Jared Mitchell OF / 6. Jordan Danks OF / 7. Dayan Viciedo 3B / 8. David Holmberg SP / 9. Josh Phegley C / 10. John Shelby OF

John Ely was traded to the Dodgers. No. 4 seems a bit high…

February 12, 2010

Chicago White Sox Top-15 Prospects of 2010, No’s 6-15

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.

dayan-viciedo
*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. …

Part 1: Chicago White Sox Top-15 Prospects of 2010, No’s 1 – 5.

February 10, 2010

Chicago White Sox Top-15 Prospects of 2010, No’s 1 – 5

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 10, 2010 8:00 pm
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T-Flow gets a B and is on top of Alex Eisenberg’s Top-15:

Tyler Flowers has improved in each of the past three years at three different levels. From Single-A Rome to Double-A Birmingham, Flowers’ OPS has gone from .866 to .922 to 1.000. Only after a promotion to Triple-A did Flowers see his numbers drop off.

The increase has coincided with improved power numbers and an improved BB% though he’s also seen his K% rise as well.

tyler-flowers
*Credit to jpafan44

Flowers is a big man with a ton of raw strength which is a big factor in his plus raw power. He complements his power with wonderful patience at the plate, which is helped by excellent pitch recognition. However, there are holes in Flowers’ swing and he struggles to catch up to good fastballs up in the zone and in on the hands. Flowers’ bat speed is more solid than great.

While Flowers is not going to hit for a high average, he’s going to get on base often and he’s going to hit for power. He will also be doing this at catcher, a premium defensive position where good bats are tough to find.

Flowers is actually a decent athlete though his size can make it difficult for him behind the plate. He communicates with his pitchers well and has improved the quickness of his release. His arm rates as average behind the plate as he threw out 29% of all base runners last year.

Jared Mitchell is #2 (scouting report available), Dan Hudson #3, Jordan Danks #4, and Brent Morel #5.  Read more at the #1-5 prospects. #6-15 coming soon.

Chicago White Sox Farm System Overview – 2010.

February 10 links

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 10, 2010 11:16 am
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- Jermaine Dye is open to playing 1B or LF. Jon Heyman says “he might be the most under-rated player in this market.” If he’s willing to play DH, Kenny should pick him up.

- SABR is offering a free PDF download of its Emerald Guide 2010 (2007-2009 editions too). You don’t need to be a member.

- BDD’s Top Prospects Compilation: Update #15:

Spreadsheet: 2009-2010-Top-Prospect-Lists.xls [202 KB]

- Opening Day (1985 and on) and Year-end (1999 and on) payroll information for all MLB teams from Biz of Baseball. Also some, not all, player salaries for years before 1985.

- BDD on the “dying DH.”

- tRA is tERA now.

- Evaluating the 2009 forecasts.

- Rickwood Field, the Birmingham Barons, and the Black Barons.

- Who needs Orlando Hudson?

- The piranhas are turning into sharks.

February 5, 2010

February 5 links

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 5, 2010 6:02 pm
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- Andrew’s Spring Training Preview preview

- 2010 MLB Rookie Career Development Program: Chicago White Sox prospect Dan Hudson on pitching in the majors (2:12 video)

- BDD’s Top Prospects Compilation: Update #14:

Spreadsheet: 2009-2010-Top-Prospect-Lists.xls [198 KB]

- MLB Notebook takes a look at new Sox Daniel Cabrera.

- Freddy Garcia is the key. He also doesn’t like the Cubs.

- 73 stolen bases in 121 games? Ozzie is furious Kenny didn’t pick him up!

January 25, 2010

January 25 links

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MLB — The Wizard @ January 25, 2010 2:58 pm
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- BDD’s Top Prospects Compilation: Update #13:

Spreadsheet: 2009-2010-Top-Prospect-Lists3.xls [184 KB]

- MLB Fanhouse’s top 100 prospects: #32 Dan Hudson, #67 Tyler Flowers, #91 Jared Mitchell

- Jim Thome chats with the Twinkies

- Is Albert Pujols any good?

- John Sickels reviews his 2005 ‘Top 50 hitting prospects’ list

January 20, 2010

January 20 links

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 20, 2010 10:19 pm
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- BDD’s Top Prospects Compilation: Update #12:

Spreadsheet: 2009-2010 Top Prospect List Compilation.xls [175 KB]

- Ozzie Guillen turns 46.

- Gordon Beckham is looking to avoid a sophomore slump.

- Don Cooper is encouraged by Mark Buehrle’s off-season workout program.

- Octavio ‘Doc OcK’ Dotel signed a 1-year deal with a 2011 club option with the Pirates.

January 12, 2010

BDD’s Top Prospects Compilation: Update #11

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 12, 2010 11:58 am
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Hamrahi:

Just as I have done the past few years, I have uploaded and attached the new Top Prospects Compilation file to this blog posting. Prospect rankings from Baseball America, BP’s Kevin Goldstein, and MiLB.com are just some of those that you’ll find in the file.

The Excel workbook contains several tabs at the bottom representing each of the league’s divisions as well as a tab for top 100 lists and the top 20 lists from Baseball America.

Every time I update the file, I will change the topic heading to show the date of the revisions. If you are aware of any current prospects sites that I may be missing, please drop me a line.

Spreadsheet: 2009-2010 Top Prospect List Compilation.xls [168 KB]

January 4, 2010

FutureSox compares Sox prospect rankings

Santaromita:

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.

Baseball America’s Sox Top 10 prospects

Phil Rogers:

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

January 2, 2010

BDD’s Top Prospects Compilation: Update #10

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 2, 2010 1:10 pm
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Hamrahi:

Just as I have done the past few years, I have uploaded and attached the new Top Prospects Compilation file to this blog posting. Prospect rankings from Baseball America, BP’s Kevin Goldstein, and MiLB.com are just some of those that you’ll find in the file.

The Excel workbook contains several tabs at the bottom representing each of the league’s divisions as well as a tab for top 100 lists and the top 20 lists from Baseball America.

Every time I update the file, I will change the topic heading to show the date of the revisions. If you are aware of any current prospects sites that I may be missing, please drop me a line.

Spreadsheet: 2009-2010 Top Prospect List Compilation.xls [142 KB].

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