On the second day, draft drama

Thank goodness for the draft.  At least we have something to talk about besides crushing defeats.
In the draft’s second day, the White Sox focused on more college pitchers and middle infielders.   Some thumbnail sketches for the first seven rounds, based off Baseball America and MLB scouting reports…
No. 2: Jake Petricka, RHP, Indiana State
He saw a sudden jump in his velocity last season, going from 90ish on his fastball to 92-94 m.p.h., hitting as high as 98.  His curveball went from soft to having a sharper break, and his changeup is a work in progress.  He already had Tommy John Surgery back in 2007, which helps his cause.
No. 3: Addison Reed, RHP, San Diego State
Reed was a closer for the Aztecs, but moved into the rotation this year with pretty good results (2.50 ERA, 90 K to 16 BB in 79 1/3 IP).  He throws across his body, but has three good pitches — a 91-92 m.p.h. fastball, a curve and a changeup.  The only question is whether he can hold up as a starter, as there isn’t much of a track record.
No. 3: Thomas Royse, RHP, Louisville (Bryan Morgado selection)
This one is viewed as a bit of a reach, because he’s more about projection than actual results.  He can do a lot with his fastball (cutter material), but there are mixed reviews on his slider and scouts say that his velocity dips into the high 80s after a few innings.  He’s 6’5″ and 215 pounds, so he could grow a little.
No. 4: Matthew Grimes, RHP, Mill Creek HS, Hoschton, Ga.
While Royse is signable, Grimes might not be.  He’s committed to Georgia Tech, and has a lot going for him — a 6’5″ frame that he uses well and a fastball that can touch 94.  It might take Steven Upchurch-type money to keep him out of college.  I hope they can get it done, because I really want to call him “Grimey.”
No. 5: Andy Wilkins, 1B, Arkansas
He’s a left-handed power bat that needs to deliver power to be effective.  His ability to hit with wood bats is questioned, and can’t run.  The good news is that he can play first legitimately, and first base is a largely unobstructed position in the White Sox system, so he’ll get every chance.
No. 6: Rangel Ravelo, 3B, Hialeah HS, Fla.
All I can find is that he’s a raw prospect with power, but he may have to move across the diamond.  This pick may have sparked a minor firestorm, as you’ll read below.
No. 7: Tyler Saladino, SS, Oral Roberts
Saladino is considered a great athlete with good defensive tools, and his bat has potential if he can find a way to make more consistent contact.
No. 8: Josef Terry, 2B, Cerritos JC, Calif.
Terry is a junior-college second baseman who can hit to all fields and wreak havoc on the basepaths, and is good enough to stick at second, although not considered impressive defensively.
No. 9: Kevin Moran, RHP, Boston College
He walks a lot of guys, but I love these two sentences:

Moran is almost too intense for his own good and must improve his mound presence. In the Cape, scouts reported seeing him yell at hitters in the batter’s box.

No. 10: Ross Wilson, 2B, Alabama
Wilson is intriguing because a hairline fracture in his hand robbed him of power.  His slugging percentage dipped from .567 to .434, so there may be some buy-low action on his power potential.  HE PLAYED FOOTBALL IN HIGH SCHOOL and has a FOOTBALL PLAYER’S MENTALITY!  None of his individual tools are awe-inspiring, but scouts seem to regard him as somebody whose sum is greater than his parts.
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To nobody’s surprise, the White Sox also selected Ozney Guillen in the 22nd round, and this is one time when drafting a family member isn’t ridiculous when looking at the selection alone.  Ozney has solid high school cred, and Baseball America called him the No. 100 prospect in Florida.
But it wouldn’t be White Sox Nepotism without some kind of circus element, and Joe Cowley’s doing his damndest to raise the issue.  Either he has sources, or he’s bored out of his mind:

Feel-good story? Try a slap in the face filled with conspiracy theory.
Some scouting agencies had Ozney projected as high as a fourth-round talent coming out of Monsignor Edward Pace High School in Florida.
After the pick was announced, Ozzie Guillen was asked if he thought Ozney would sign with the Sox or take the full baseball scholarship that awaits him at the University of South Florida.
”Nah, 22nd round?” Ozzie said. ”I give my kid 50 grand just to go to school. I got 50 grand in my pocket to send my kid to go to Niketown. Or buy something. …

And on Oney Guillen’s Twitter account, he suggested that the Sox may have driven down Ozney’s draft value:

bc the sox kept them away by saying they were gonna take him.

Which makes no sense to me at all, unless rival front offices are far more collegial than could be imagined.  Twenty-one-plus rounds went by without Ozney being selected, which seems like an incredibly long time for 29 other teams to do one a favor, does it not?
For comparison’s sake, here’s what happened to the other prospects at the end of Florida’s Top 100 list through two days of the draft:

  • No. 99: Joey Rapp, 28th round
  • No. 98: Josh Adams, not yet selected
  • No. 97: Brandon Allen, 18th round
  • No. 96: Austin Wright, 23rd round
  • No. 95: Zack Houck, not yet selected

CONSPIRACY IS AFOOT!
Cowley suggests that the so-called “sabotage” of Ozney’s draft stock means either Ozzie Guillen or Kenny Williams has to go.  I find that hard to believe that drafting a prospect in a seemingly appropriate round — barring the mother of all gentleman’s agreements — would be the final straw.
But pretending this is actually legit, I’m having an increasingly difficult time siding with the Guillens.
Ozzie the Manager isn’t a real problem, because he has little to work with.  Maybe this is the team he wanted, but he’s not the GM.  He’s not blocking or threatening the careers of valuable players like Jerry Manuel did at the end of his term (Keith Foulke and Aaron Rowand as exhibits A and B), so I don’t see an urgency to dismiss him.
Figure in his family, though, and it’s a different case.  His ego is hard enough to handle, but if the Sox have to deal with bad PR from Oney — and maybe even Ozney, though nothing has come directly from him — I don’t see how that package deal is worth it, especially since Ozzie seems to be the enabler.
Guillen likes to brag about his self-sufficiency from his upbringing on the mean streets of Venezuela, but it doesn’t look like he’s keen on passing on lessons.  The one son he fired still gloms onto his fame, and now he’s saying that he’d rather give another son $50,000 to blow on shoes if it will prevent him from accepting a supposed insult of an offer.
Somehow, I feel insulted for having to absorb this all.
Ever since the Twitter flap, I’ve kept the theory in the back of my head that Williams is done after this season regardless.  He’ll move up the ladder to some executive position, and Rick Hahn takes over GM duties.  Whether or not somebody has to go like Cowley claims, I think BS like this only makes it easier for Williams to leave his job.
And yet, I’ve also kept it in the back of my head that there’s a reality show being filmed.  There’s a possibility that maybe Cowley has sources, and it’s the White Sox who are bored.
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Minor league roundup:

  • Charlotte 2, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, 0
    • Daniel Hudson dominated, striking out 10 with zero walks over seven innings. He allowed just five hits, and all were singles.
    • Jhonny Nunez struck out two over two innings for the save.  He allowed two hits.
    • Jordan Danks went 1-for-4 with an RBI double and a strikeout.
    • Dayan Viciedo wore the collar and the silver sombrero.
    • Brent Morel went 0-for-2 with a sac bunt, and is hitting .083.
  • Mobile 4, Birmingham 1
    • Brandon Hynick is too good for Double-A: 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K.
    • C.J. Retherford (one strikeout) and Christian Marrero (two) each went 0-for-4.
  • Myrtle Beach 2, Winston-Salem 0
    • Charles Leesman’s peripherals weren’t too impressive, allowing two runs on seven hits and four walks over six innings, striking out just four.
    • Santos Rodriguez struck out four to one walk over two scoreless frames.
    • Jon Gilmore and Justin Greene were 1-for-4 with two strikeouts.
    • Collars for Brandon Short (two K’s) and Eduardo Escobar (one).
  • Savannah 8, Kannapolis 7
    • Miguel Gonzalez went 2-for-3 with a double, walk and two RBI.  He struck out once.
    • Nick Ciolli went 4-for-5; Kyle Colligan 1-for-5.
    • Brady Shoemaker drew three walks in five plate appearances.
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Jim Margalus

Writing about the White Sox for a 16th season, first here, then at South Side Sox, and now here again. Let’s talk curling.

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drlingerie

HEY HITTER STUPID HITTER ARRRRRRGGGGGHHHHH I HATE YOUUUUUUU SUUUUCKKKK GRRRRRRRRRR
–Kevin Moran

cushinglee

Ron Schueler’s daughter, Ken Williams Jr., Harold Baines Jr., and now Ozney. I know Ozney’s supposed to be legit, and maybe I’m taking this too seriously, but I feel if you have a chance to make your organization better, you don’t waste it on relatives. I don’t care how late the pick is. Don’t forget this team gave Casey Harrelson a Minor League roster spot.
Speaking of the name Harrelson, I was watching the Comcast special on the Hawk last night, and Hawk was going on and on about how great Reinsdorf is, and how loyal he is, and how he takes care of everybody, etc. I’m starting to believe that this is one of the Sox’ biggest problems. All of the major forces behind this team–front office, coaches, broadcasters, certain players–seem to be untouchable (especially since 2005). Sense of entitlement, indeed.

knoxfire30

We pay a lot of scouts a lot of money to circle the damn globe and find baseball talent, stop doing fucking favors so the spoiled ass kids of our execs can jerk off over the fact they got their name on a draft card.
DUMB DUMB DUMB

chisoxt

Good Lord…If we are not the most dysfunctional orgaization in baseball, then who is? The Orioles, perhaps?
What is so concerning to me, is that I question whether Reinsdorf with a baseball world championship and six NBA titles under his belt, has the fortitude and the energy to deal with what I believe is a major crisis for this franchise. The answer here may lie in a house cleaning of epic proportions and would include Guillen, Williams and even Hahn. What the organization needs to do is to focus on becoming somehthing they have never been able to do since perhaps the late 80s and that is develop star players within their own system. Look around baseball and you will see that with the reduction of PED use, baseball hais reverted back to a ‘young man’s game’. You no longer see guys in their 30s have outrageous years like you saw 10 years ago, so the current ‘Kenny’ philosophy of trading younger guys for vets is clearly an out-dated approach to personnel management, and an expensive one to boot.
The question is, do we have the type of management that can go this route? I say, maybe not.
By the way, what is Terry Ryan doing these days?

cushinglee

I’m pretty sure that Ryan is still in the Twins front office. The Twins are not the White Sox–they wouldn’t let a guy like him get away.

knoxfire30

Someone get Gordon Beckham a paddle, 1 cause he might be able to make contact if he swung it, 2 because his boat is going down fast and he may need it to row to shore or something. I cant remember seeing a 180 like this, I mean I thought this guy was immediately gonna be an all star now he looks like a brian anderson cloan at the plate, what the heck is going on????

brent

I googled Brandon Hynick to check his minor league stats for the past couple years, and I was surprised to find that he has his own website! http://www.brandonhynick.com/.

soxfan1

I agree 100% with Jim. Either Kenny or Ozzie must go!!! Ozzie reminds me of the kid in school who always was bragging how much money he had in his pocket. He HAD to show it to you!!!
Ozzie and his family have become dysfunctional to the White Sox organization. Let’s go hire Bobby Valentine and start hustling again on the field!!

Shinons

I don’t have a problem in the world with the Sox taking Ozney, but that quote by Ozzie is just…man. Talking about how you give your kid $50 grand to go to high school? That’s more than I make in a year while I work and go to grad school full time. Cubs fans might be able to relate to that shit, but I thought he knew the difference between us and them.
Other topic: Shouldn’t A.J. be gone by now? Seems like our leverage would lessen with each day closer it gets to the 14th…

john

Any idea if AJ will be a type a or b free agent in the off-season? The Sox might be better off letting him play out the season and actually get something of value in return when he signs elsewhere next year rather than acquiring a nothing prospect now.

knoxfire30

currently he is type A, however i dont see teams lining up to give him a multi year deal so he would likely accept arbitration and be making a lot of money for the 2011 sox

striker

I think the Sox should dump both Guillen and Williams, and I don’t have much faith in Hahn taking over either.
I think in order to get the most return in the trade right now the White Sox have to package a bunch of players together. AJ, Konerko, Putz, Thornton and cash for Jennings and Hellickson.

striker

TB Rays, Jennings & Hellickson.

knoxfire30

God I would jump on that, rays are pretty notorious for being stingy with their young players however.

striker

They have to go for it all at some point and that would give them an awesome team.

Shinons

You might be onto something there. The Rays are living on borrowed time with Crawford and Pena on their way out after this season. They might as well push all their chips to the middle…
Although, I suppose that might be all the more reason to keep a hold of their prospects depending on how you spin it…

Shinons

Hey, how’d you do italics? You never told us we could use html!

knoxfire30

Jim I really think your overvaluing jennings here, he is no pop outfielder that does everything else really well but he isnt exactly tearing up the minors and what not. He is a top tier prospect but he certainly isnt as good as outfielders like hayward, rasmus, adam jones and those type of guys were.

bigfun

Jim’s position is basically the same as all the other prospect evaluators though – he’s considered the best prospect in a stacked system.
Anyway why would the Rays give up some of their best prospects for some very minor upgrades and lateral moves? Maybe they would consider moving Jennings or Hellickson for Adrian Gonzalez.
If the Sox want to deal with the Rays, they should go after some of their second- and third-tier guys.

striker

You have to put your chips on the table at some point. If they don’t win it all this year with this team then this year will be a huge disappointment and they’ll probably regress if they lose Crawford and or Pena.

bigfun

If they want to put all their chips on the table, they’ll get a big impact player like Gonzalez or Fielder. Why would they go after a scuffling catcher or marginal upgrades to an already-great bullpen?
And I don’t buy that its win or go home in 2010. Losing Crawford hurts, but Pena hasn’t helped them at all this year, and they have tons of prospects either ready to step up or be used as trade chips in the offseason.

Shinons

I understand Jennings is hyped, but as a pro is he really going to be that much better than a Pierre type? Either way, I trust Kenny to find a nice nugget in their gold mine – it’s just easier to toss out the high profile names, even if they wouldn’t likely happen that way.

chisoxt

You are going to see a LOT of teams being stingy with their young players. The days when a bad team can get fat by unloading veterans on a pennant contender for good prospects are as good as gone. Again, look around baseball at the the teams that are winning, and look at some of the relatively unfamiliar young names that are leading the way for those teams.

stopdrop8

I think if were going to become serious about trading parts of this team away in an attempt to restock the farm system, the two players that have to go are thornton and danks. It’ll hurt, but theyre probably the only two players that have value to a lot of contending teams that don’t have overpriced salaries. Any one else we trade will probably serve more of a cutting payroll purpose, and won’t bring back any big time prospects( unless we include cash in the deal, but I don’t see that happening)

striker

RE: Hawk, I think he is one of the better announcers. Sure he can be annoying sometimes but any announcer that has to call a game for a bad team would be annoying. I’ve listened to some other teams on MLB Network and their announcers have zero personality.

ricksch

I think it’s going to be extremely tough for the Sox to retool. Problem is, say you trade Thornton, AJ and Paulie and try to go young. Then what do you do with Rios and Peavy? Teams may want Rios based on his good year, but Peavy’s untradeable. Ol Peav’ would find himself in the same position he was in with the Pads if we go into youth-rebuilding mode.
I agree with those who believe that teams are not going to be damn stingy with their young talent anymore. The value of good young players with minimal contracts is growing as teams are more budget conscious.
Other than Hudson, there’s no one ready to come up for us. That’s the basic problem with the “go young” approach, we’d have to get the prospects elsewhere and no one’s going to give us a sure thing prospect for what we have to offer.
I think you HAVE to trade Buerhle if you can. Look, he’s an institution with the Sox, but he’s not been a number one since ’05 and he’s making $15m a year. Make him happy and send him to the Cards. Lose Buerhle, Konerko and AJ’s contracts and Kenny has $33m off the books. Jenks? Bye fat ass! You’re not worth $7.5m and I wouldn’t sign you to any long term contract. Now we got $40m to play with.
Beyond that I think Kenny has to sit tight and hope maybe that Peavy has a great second half and we can unload him. The Cubs were dying for Peavy before. Who do they have we could use?
At least we can assume that dogshit like Kotsay and Nix will be gone. I would also seriously consider moving Alexie and putting Beckham back at short.
Sox need to focus on getting guys who can hit AND field. something Kenny usually ignores. They also need some guys with good OBP. Replace Buerhle and Jenks and see what kind of team we have then.
Oh yeah, and fire clown Ozzie. I’d ship Kenny too, but that’s probably too disruptive. But Ozzie’s is really an immature ass isn’t he? I mean, that comment about the $50K says volumes to me. If I were an established pro, I wouldn’t listen to Ozzie.
Also, Hudson seems to have done all he can in AAA. It’s time to bring him up. Make room by trading Buerhle.