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October 29, 2010

Terry Doyle: baseball player/math teacher

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 29, 2010 3:04 am
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Hill @ MiLB:

Throughout the 2010 campaign, starting pitcher Terry Doyle heard his name reverberate over the loudspeakers at ballparks throughout the South Atlantic and Carolina Leagues. At his offseason job, however, Doyle is responsible for his own introductions.”

Starting pitcher, No. 34, Terrrrrrry Doyle!” is now simply “Mr. Doyle,” a substitute teacher presiding over high school math classes in his home state of Rhode Island. …

October 4, 2010

Baseball America’s Carolina League Top 20 Prospects

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 4, 2010 7:29 pm
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Lusk @ BA:

15. Gregory Infante, rhp, Winston-Salem Dash (White Sox)

20. Santos Rodriguez, lhp, Winston-Salem Dash (White Sox)

September 13, 2010

Stephen Sauer leads Winston-Salem to a Game 1 win in CL Finals

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 13, 2010 9:56 pm
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Parker @ MiLB.com:

Stephen Sauer hadn’t pitched in nine days, but showed no evidence of rust Monday night. The right-handed White Sox prospect allowed five hits over a season-high eight innings as Winston-Salem blanked visiting Potomac, 4-0, in the opening game of the best-of-5 Mills Cup Finals. He struck out six and did not walk a batter.

… Sauer got 14 groundball outs and four flyouts in the game, throwing just 82 pitches — 62 of them for strikes. He allowed one Potomac runner past second base.

Sauer took a perfect game into the 6th inning. Dylan Axelrod starts Game 2 for Winston-Salem.

Game 1 Boxscore.

September 9, 2010

Dylan Axelrod: 7 IP / 2 H / 9 K / 1 BB

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 9, 2010 10:18 pm
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Winston-Salem Dash
Axelrod (W, 1-0) 7.0 2 0 0 1 9 0 0.00
Kloess (H, 1) 1.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0.00
Corley (S, 2) 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00


“I moved into the rotation in the second half of the season, which gave me a chance to throw and develop all my pitches,” said Axelrod.

After yielding a two-out single to Kinston first baseman Jeremie Tice in the first inning, Axelrod was all but unhittable. The Cal-Irvine product set down the next 19 batters through the end of the seventh.

“I was spotting my fastball pretty well and my cutter. My changeup was working pretty well too,” he said.

Axerod, drafted by  San Diego in 2007, has allowed 103 hits and has a 92 K / 15 BB ratio in 109.1 innings this year.

September 3, 2010

Kevin Goldstein on Eduardo Escobar

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 3, 2010 7:58 pm
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Eduardo Escobar, SS, White Sox (Double-A Birmingham): 2-for-4, HR (3), 3 R, RBI, BB, 2 K. Slick fielder is batting .263/.296/.376 in 47 Double-A games; just needs to hit a little bit because the defense is so good.

Escobar’s stats: .294 wOBA in Birmingham (AA). .303 in Winston-Salem (A+).

Baseball America on Charlie Leesman

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 3, 2010 2:59 pm
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From the ‘Helium Watch’ section of today’s ‘Prospect Hot Sheet’:

Charlie Leesman, lhp, White Sox: Leesman had a modest first half in the Carolina League, posting a 5.10 ERA and walking (44) more than he struck out (39) in 84 2/3 innings. However, one scout who saw him with high Class A Winston-Salem said he “pitched better than the numbers. He was the best prospect on that club.” Since a promotion to Double-A Birmingham, Leesman has regained his command of his 88-92 mph fastball and shown a plus slider with late, sharp bite, which he uses to both righthanded and lefthanded hitters. He threw seven shutout, one-hit innings in his last start against Carolina to improve to 5-2, 2.81 with a 45-to-19 strikeout-to-walk ratio for the Barons over 57 2/3 innings. With a changeup that flashes average potential, Leesman has a chance for a four-pitch mix and can be a fourth starter if his command holds up. In a White Sox system thinned by trades over the last couple of years, that’s welcome news.

Leesman’s stats: 3.17 FIP, 1.05 WHIP, .259 BABIP.

August 30, 2010

Manny Ramirez claim official; too late for tonight’s White Sox lineup

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 30, 2010 12:19 pm
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Bob Nightengale tweets that Manny Ramirez is on his way to Cleveland and should be in the White Sox lineup tonight.

Earlier Nightengale tweeted that the Dodgers haven’t decided if they want a prospect from the White Sox for Manny, meaning it’ll be a straight waiver claim. Before that Nightengale tweeted that the Dodgers are trying to decide whether to take 22-year old Winston-Salem 3B Jon Gilmore, who’s hitting .318/.354/.404, and pick up some of Manny’s salary or take only the salary relief.

UPDATE #1: And the move is done tweets Nightengale. Peter Gammons tweets that the White Sox decided to pick up all of Manny’s remaining salary ($3.8 million) and not give any prospects. Nightengale tweets that the Dodgers rejected the White Sox offer and chose salary relief.

Nightengale, also, tweets that Manny waited for the deal to be finalized before leaving for Cleveland, and won’t be in time for tonight’s game. He’s scheduled to play in the Tuesday night game.

UPDATE #2: Here’s the press release.

And here are a few more Manny to the White Sox links: BB Musings, HardballTalk, Fangraphs.

August 29, 2010

Terry Doyle: 7 IP / 7 H / 6 K / 1 BB [August 28]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 29, 2010 2:25 am
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Doyle (W, 7-8) 7.0 7 3 3 1 6 2 3.56
Kussmaul (S, 1) 2.0 0 0 0 0 4 0 1.93

Groundouts-flyouts: Doyle 10-3, Kussmaul 0-2.

Doyle has a 96 K / 33 BB ratio while allowing 107 H in 116.1 IP.

August 20, 2010

Baseball America on Jon Gilmore

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 20, 2010 1:02 pm
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From the ‘Not So Hot Sheet’ section of today’s ‘Prospect Hot Sheet’:

Jon Gilmore, 3b, White Sox: Perhaps Gilmore has run out of steam. He’s hitting just .224/.250/.241 in August and hasn’t homered since June 25. His struggles worsened last week, when he was just 2-for-23 and both were singles. More nettlesome, the big picture for Gilmore, 21, isn’t adding up. He’s hit .321 this season, but it’s fairly empty with a 27/72 walk/strikeout ratio and just 28 extra-base hits. His .355 OBP and .402 slugging marks are greatly enhanced at home (.357/.391/.446 vs. .286/.318/.359), and he’s committed 35 errors while also grounding into 18 double plays. He’s a .321 hitter, but the rest of the numbers don’t scream “prospect.”

Gilmore’s stats and splits.

August 18, 2010

White Sox promote Josh Phegley to the Birmingham Barons (AA) [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 18, 2010 2:36 am
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Southern League transactions: “Josh Phegley assigned to Birmingham Barons from Winston-Salem Dash.”

Phegley’s stats and splits.


August 8, 2010

Jared Mitchell, Jake Peavy both continue to improve in their rehab

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 8, 2010 12:14 pm
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Top prospect Jared Mitchell also continues to improve after surgery this spring to repair a tendon tear. He was injured while making a catch during spring training.The outfielder’s recovery is taking place with Single-A Winston Salem, and he is progressing “very well,” according to White Sox trainer Herm Schneider.

Jake Peavy also “continues to improve.”

UPDATE: Merkin:

Mitchell continues to work on hitting, running, agility and taking fly balls at Class A Winston-Salem, within a controlled environment. Mitchell is also working on getting stronger as the ankle heals.

August 6, 2010

White Sox to play in Winston-Salem next year

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 6, 2010 11:18 pm


The Chicago White Sox will play an exhibition game against the Winston-Salem Dash at BB&T Ballpark on March 30, 2011 as part of their preparation for the Major League season.

The game marks the first time the White Sox have played in Winston-Salem. The organizations will be entering the 15th year of their affiliation in 2011. The current White Sox roster has two recent members of the Dash: right-hander Sergio Santos and left-hander Chris Sale pitched for Winston-Salem in 2009 and 2010, respectively.

August 5, 2010

Terry Doyle: 6 IP / 7 K / 1 BB, Andre Rienzo: 6.2 IP / 6 K / 1 BB

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 5, 2010 12:17 pm
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Doyle 6.0 11 5 3 1 7 2 3.46
Burdie (L, 2-2) 2.0 1 1 0 0 2 0 5.44
Kloess 1.0 3 3 3 0 1 0 10.80

Doyle has a 77 K / 26 BB / 8 HR ratio in 93.2 innings.


Rienzo (W, 4-4) 6.2 4 2 2 1 6 1 4.40
Kussmaul (S, 1) 2.1 1 0 0 0 3 0 1.86

Rienzo has a 84 K / 23 BB / 5 HR ratio in 71.2 innings.

July 15, 2010

Don Cooper satisfied with Chris Sale’s pitch location

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 15, 2010 10:28 pm
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The 21-year-old southpaw gave up one run over four innings for the Dash, while striking out four and walking two. But outstanding location on all of his pitches served as the best news White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper heard when talking to Winston-Salem pitching coach Bobby Thigpen.

“I talked to Thiggy about him the other day, and I received a very, very good report,” Cooper said. “The thing I remember [Thigpen] saying, for however long [Sale] was there, was he didn’t throw a pitch above the knees.

“He’s obviously an advanced kid. We would not be doing what we were doing if he was not giving us reason to do it.”

July 14, 2010

Juan Silverio promoted to Class A Kannapolis Intimidators and more

Mansch @ GF Tribune:

The Voyagers, who open a three-game series tonight in Casper, Wyo., against the Ghosts, will be without star third baseman Juan Silverio, who Tuesday was promoted to Single-A Kannapolis in the Sally League. Silverio was hitting .299 with team-high totals of 26 hits, nine doubles, three homers, 16 RBIs and 44 total bases.Cron said he is happy for Silverio, a 19-year-old from the Dominican Republic.

“That’s kind of what it’s all about,” he said of the promotion. “Juan came here with a nice positive attitude and worked his tail off to produce. He did a great job for us and he deserves a chance to move up. At the same time I feel real good about the guys who are going to step in there.”

Hopefully things go better this time.

UPDATE: FutureSox’ has more.

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