Posted on February 19, 2013 by Daniel Marino
Dan Marino continues his trek through each division in the major leagues and giving you one player he thinks is the: Rookie to Watch, Breakthrough Player, The Party’s Over, Non-Roster Invitee Most Likely to Stick, and Just Not Seeing it.
Now, in part three of six, he brings you the American League Central:
Part 1: AL East Players to Watch.
Part 2: National League East. (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Avisail Garcia, Brent Morel, Brett Myers, Bubba Starling, Chicago White Sox, Chris Parmelee, Cleveland Indians, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Detroit Tigers, Endy Chavez, Hector Santiago, Jeff Clement, Jeremy Guthrie, Justin Masterson, Justin Morneau, Kansas City Royals, Kenny Faulk, Luke Hochevar, Max Scherzer, Miguel Sano, Minnesota Twins, Octavio Dotel, Rick Porcello, Ron Gardenhire, Salvador Perez, Scott Kazmir, Trayce Thompson, Trevor Bauer, Tyler Flowers | 3 Comments »
Posted on February 18, 2013 by William J. Tasker
Adam Dunn is a statistical marvel. The only other player that has as many statistical anomalies is Juan Pierre. And the weird thing is that they are polar opposites as hitters. Dunn has a low contact percentage and a high homer and walk percentage. Pierre has a high contact percentage and the lowest homer and a low walk percentage. But I’ve already studied Juan Pierre, so this post deals with Adam Dunn. And yes, he bounced back a bit from his historically bad 2011, but that doesn’t mean that his 2012 wasn’t statistically amazing as well. Dunn is fascinating in so many ways that he is a category all by himself. There is no one else like him in baseball.
First, let’s start out looking at his entire career, which started in 2001. What I have done is limit all players since 2001 to those who have had at least 6,000 plate appearances. There are 38 players who fit that category. Dunn’s place among these players is totally unique. Then I will look at his last three years, two of which have been somewhat acceptable and one that was historically bad. (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Adam Dunn, Chicago White Sox | 1 Comment »
Posted on January 11, 2013 by mlbdirtstaff
The Chicago White Sox have been near the bottom of the league in regards to their farm system but the past two drafts have helped them add some high-ceiling talent and a few potential mid-rotation starters.
Below are our top 16 prospects with 2013 opening day age, position, and comments on each player. Below the top 16 is a small list of additional notable names. Enjoy.
Filed under: On the Farm - Prospects | Tagged: 2013 Top Prospects, Andre Rienzo, Brandon Brennan, Carlos Sanchez, Chicago White Sox, Chris Beck, Courtney Hawkins, Erik Johnson, Jacob Petricka, Jared Mitchell, Joey DeMichele, Keenyn Walker, Keon Barnum, Kevan Smith, Luis Castillo, Myles Jaye, Nestor Molina, Prospects, Scott Snodgress, Simon Castro, Trayce Thompson, Tyler Saladino | Leave a Comment »
Posted on December 5, 2012 by Jonathan C. Mitchell
Free agent utility infielder Jeff Keppinger has agreed to a three-year deal with the Chicago White Sox worth $12M in what could be a bargain if Keppinger, one of the best contact hitters in the game, can keep his line-drive rate and BABIP up.
Last season, with the Tampa Bay Rays, Keppinger hit .325/.367/.439 with 127 wRC+; the second best mark of his career. Keppinger maintained his high contact rates, striking out in less than 7.5% of his plate appearances, and posted the second highest line-drive rate of his career at 23.2%.
Line-drives have the best chance of falling for hits so it was no surprise that his BABIP was nearly a career high at .332, and, for a man who rarely hits the ball over the fence or strikes out, his overall average will likely be close to his BABIP and heavily influence his offensive production at the plate. Take a look at his BABIP compared to his average: (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Adam Dunn, Carlos Lee, Chicago White Sox, Dayan Viciedo, Free Agents, Jeff Keppinger, Juan Pierre, MLB Winter Meetings, Tampa Bay Rays | Leave a Comment »
Posted on November 9, 2012 by Daniel Marino
The Colorado Rockies hired Walt Weiss to be their next manager….and why not? After all, Weiss has a season of high school baseball management under his belt. He can boast that he has managed 26 high school baseball games. Weiss may very well be successful as a major league manager. Robin Ventura had no previous experience and he had the White Sox in the pennant race all season. So what’s wrong with this picture?
Well, the hiring of Weiss is the equivalent of a Fortune 500 company hiring a guy who interviews well, but has no experience over another guy who has vast experience but doesn’t quite interview as well. It sure doesn’t bother me. In fact, I applaud teams that take risks, such as the White Sox hiring of Ventura, and now the Rockies hiring of Weiss. But this will undoubtedly upset all of those AA and AAA managers who are riding buses every day and are receiving low pay to manage in the minors with the hopes of landing a big league job. Surely, they have to be thinking, “why bother”? (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Chicago White Sox, Colorado Rockies, Howard Cosell, Robin Ventura, Walt Weiss | Leave a Comment »
Posted on October 31, 2012 by Andrew Martin
There are untold numbers of baseball players who had promising careers derailed by injuries; a sad reality in a sport so connected with the fulfillment of dreams. Pitcher Greg Hibbard, who once won 50 games in a four year period was one of those players, and saw his playing career come to an end by the time he was 30. (more…)
Filed under: Down and Dirty - Interviews | Tagged: Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, Florida Marlins, Floyd Bannister, Greg Hibbard, Interview, Kansas City Royals, Mahoning Valley Scrappers, Melido Perez, Trades | Leave a Comment »
Posted on October 17, 2012 by Andrew Martin
Projections are an increasingly important part of baseball; particularly young player development. With myriad statistics and tools of evaluation, teams often look past players who can’t be defined by criteria like how hard they throw a ball or their physical measurables. It’s a safe approach that allows teams to move quickly through an ever-surging tide of prospects. Unfortunately this can leave some players struggling to find opportunity, even when all they have done is consistently produce. Pitcher Terry Doyle has found himself in such a situation, and though he has gone to Japan to continue playing baseball, he hasn’t given up on his dream of one day playing in the major leagues. (more…)
Filed under: Down and Dirty - Interviews, On the Farm - Prospects | Tagged: Chicago White Sox, Interview, Japanese Baseball, NPBL, Prospects, Terry Doyle | Leave a Comment »
Posted on October 11, 2012 by Jonathan C. Mitchell
As a proud member of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance I get the privilege of voting on all of the regular season awards in addition to the Hall of Fame and other great awards. The Manager of the Year Award, or The Connie Mack Award as the BBA calls it, is a tough one to quantify but fellow member and great writer Bryan O’Connor came up with a method that I will no-doubt be using heavily when I vote on this award.
Basically what Bryan did was take a look at the final standings and his preseason prediction standings and the manager that exceeded his own win-loss expectation is who he voted for. I find this method brilliant and it will now be a part of my method in deciding the Connie Mack Award every year. But it will not be my sole method. (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Baltimore Orioles, BBA, Bob Melvin, Bruce Bochy, Buck Showalter, Chicago White Sox, Connie Mack Award, Davey Johnson, Don Mattingly, Joe Maddon, Los Angeles Dodgers, Manager of the Year, Mike Matheny, Oakland A's, Oakland Athletics, Robin Ventura, San Francisco Giants, Washington Nationals | Leave a Comment »
Posted on October 9, 2012 by Jonathan C. Mitchell
The regular season is almost a full week from conclusion and two of the first round playoff matchups have two teams up 2-0 on their opponents. It seems, to me, like the season only started three months ago but baseball will be without games in another month but baseball season never ends thanks to an offseason that is more active than any other sport.
One of the big topics for the offseason is awards. Who will win? Who will get shafted? Which award will cause the most debate? When it comes to the American League Cy Young Award voting there are only two names that I believe should be at the top of voters ballots: Justin Verlander or David Price. The race for the award probably will not be as close as the two are in stats but there is still case to be made for either pitcher. Let’s take a look at their stats side-by-side with American League ranks in parenthesis: (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: BBA, Chicago White Sox, Chris Sale, Cy Young Award, David Price, Detroit Tigers, Felix Hernandez, Fernando Rodney, Justin Verlander, Seattle Mariners, Tampa Bay Rays, Walter Johnson Award | 1 Comment »
Posted on July 17, 2012 by Jonathan C. Mitchell
At the age of 35 we rarely see a player at the catcher position have a career year at the plate. In fact, most catchers either become back-ups at the catcher position, moved to designated hitter or first base, or out of the league all-together. This season, though, A.J. Pierzynski is defying the odds and is on his way to having a historic season for a catcher 35 years of age or older. (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: A.J. Pierzynski, Carlton Fisk, Chicago White Sox, Gabby Hartnett, Jorge Posada | 4 Comments »