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This Month in White Sox Minor League Baseball

This month:

  • RHP Terry Doyle will be the lone White Sox representative at the Arizona Fall League's Rising Stars Game (live tonight on MLB Network at 7:10pm central).  This game is essentially a showcase for the top talents in the AFL, as well the league's standout performers.  Doyle, who just turned 26, is certainly more of the latter.  Until his most recent start, he'd been pretty much unhitttable over 19.2 IP.  He got beat up on Wednesday but his overall numbers remain impressive: 21.1 IP, 10 H, 4 BB, 16 K.  In the very hitter friendly AFL, a 0.66 WHIP is pretty extraordinary even in that small sample size.  Baseball America sums Doyle up about as well as I could: "Righthander has dominated AFL with average stuff and good pitchability." 
  • There are only two AFL stadiums equipped with Pitch F/X and, fortunately, one of Doyle's recent starts was at one of them. (Link to data).  There wasn't much in the data that I hadn't been able to guess at from watching him a few times but it's always nice to get corroboration. His fastball was 90-93 MPH.  Since he knows he will be throwing fewer pitches in his starts in the AFL as opposed to the regular season, he may be getting a tick or two more than usual on it.  In any event, it's not a particularly good pitch, obviously lacking velocity and it doesn't have much movement.  He does, however, appear to utilize a two-seamer on occasion that did show some nice movement.  In an email exchange, Colin pointed out that he wasn't throwing it to righties, even though it looks like it would be effective against them.  Both the data and Colin also confirmed what I had heard and observed about Doyle: he does have a good curveball when he's on and he can effectively throw it against righties and lefties.  His changeup and slider were not impressive.  I thought I'd previously seen him throw a cutter that was mid to upper 80s but I'm not seeing it in this start.  Colin suggested that he may also be throwing a splitter or circle change and it shows promise.  The repertoire doesn't suggest more than a back-end starter or swingman, though his solid command is a plus in his favor.  He will hopefully get an inning of work tonight, which will let us refine the analysis.
  • I'll quickly go over the other White Sox players in the AFL after the jump.
  • RHP Jake Petricka may be the best prospect the club sent. As Doyle is the White Sox' designated starting pitcher, Petricka is pitching in relief.  His numbers are solid for a guy with no experience above A ball: 13 IP, 13 H, 5 BB, 12 K.
  • I think SS Tyler Saladino is certainly the best position player prospect sent and he may well be the best prospect, too.  In deference to the prospects of other clubs, Saladino has been playing all over the infield.  His defense at shortstop has elicited favorable reviews so far.  For another guy without upper minors experience, his offense, while below average, shows one big positive: he's making contact, which suggests he won't be over-matched when he does reach AA/AAA.  .306/.343./.387 in 67 PA.
  • OF Brandon Short is also a player of note.  His major drawback is a complete lack of patience, as he managed just a 6% walk rate at Birmingham in 2011.  He's done better so far this fall: .281/.366/.494 in 101 PA.
  • C Mike Blanke is the final position player.  Just prior to the start of the season, he replaced Josh Phegley who got hurt yet again and had to withdraw.  He's on the taxi squad, which means he can only play on Wednesdays and Saturdays. .206/.270/.471 in 37 PA.
  • RHP Nevin Griffith is now just a fringe prospect, if that.  He lacks control and that hasn't changed in the AFL: 11.1 IP, 12 H, 7 BB, 5 K.
  • RHP Brandon Kloess is nearly 27 years old. Maybe he's a late bloomer: 9.1 IP, 5 H, 4 BB, 14 K.
  • In the Venezuelan Winter League, SS Eduardo Escobar is doing his usual slap hitting thing for La Guaira: .306/.346/.327 in 55 PA.  RHP Gregory Infante is getting beat up: 7.1 IP, 9 H, 7 BB, 2 K.  OF Jose Martinez is not playing much: .350/.409/.400 in 22 PA.
  • Over in the Dominican: RHP Jhonny Nunez, who was the last remnant of the disastrous Swisher trade, is now a minor league free agent:  5.1 IP, 5 H, 2 BB, 4 K. The hardest working man in the DR, Alejandro De Aza: .360/.484/.560 in 30 PA.
  • Later this month, we may see quite a few guys in Puerto Rico.  RHPs Nathan Jones and Dan Remenowsky, as well as LHP Charlie Leesman, are listed on the roster of Indios de Mayaguez but have not played.  Similarly, LHP Hector Santiago and INF Osvaldo Martinez are on the roster of Gigantes de Carolina.