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LITTLE NELL
07-17-2007, 02:45 PM
Sox called up Ehren Wasserman. Keep your fingers crossed

salty99
07-17-2007, 02:46 PM
http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/news/press_releases/press_release.jsp?ymd=20070717&content_id=2091575&vkey=pr_cws&fext=.jsp&c_id=cws

Chicken Dinner
07-17-2007, 02:47 PM
http://www.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?n=Ehren%2520Wassermann&pos=P&sid=milb&t=p_pbp&pid=469164

oeo
07-17-2007, 02:49 PM
Please be our setup man. :praying:

stacksedwards
07-17-2007, 02:49 PM
The Desert Fox is in the bigs.

areilly
07-17-2007, 02:50 PM
He's got promise. And potential. And good numbers. And this team never gives up one game at a time until it's over blah blah blah. . .

jsg-07
07-17-2007, 02:53 PM
I just posted this in the masset got sent down thread (didnt realize a new one started).

From whitesox.com;

"Wassermann, 26, is 2-4 with a 2.11 ERA (10 ER/42.2 IP), 33 strikeouts and five saves in 38 appearances with Charlotte this season"

Sounds good but does anyone who follows the minor leagues know much else about him?? Seems with numbers like this it may have crossed someones mind to bring this guy up a bit sooner???

thomas35forever
07-17-2007, 02:59 PM
Wassermann sounds good, but that's what we said about other guys who have come up from the minors this year. I'll give him the benefit of the doubt though based on his numbers.

russ99
07-17-2007, 03:01 PM
Aw man, that's a bummer. I was hoping the Sox would give him a full year at Charlotte and not bring him into this black hole of relievers.

Wasserman does have the numbers to warrant a call-up, and did look pretty sharp in the late spring (after reassignment - not in the official stats). Expecting him to walk in and be the setup guy is a bit too steep of expectations, maybe in 1-2 years. Kenny still need to make a deal for that.

Best of luck to Ehren! Been a while since we had a sub-mariner on the Sox... which may be part of the reason why he's been called up.

Hopefully he'll do a lot better than Prinz or Bukvich.

UserNameBlank
07-17-2007, 03:03 PM
Hooray!!! Finally.

Congrats to you Ehren, you deserve it. Now please, please don't suck.

P.S. you have the mostest awesomest right-handedest delivery ever. Hopefully you can get outs up here.

balke
07-17-2007, 03:03 PM
He's got an MLB calibur name. Hopefully he does what he was doing while up here.

NorthSideSox72
07-17-2007, 03:06 PM
Just what I asked for! Sweet!

Here is the info I put together for him on another site (hope no one minds)...

http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/images/players/mugshot/ph_469164.jpg
Ehren Josef Wassermann, RHP
Born 12/6/1980 in Sylacauga, AL
6’, 185
Throws: R
Bats: S
OVERVIEW
Ehren Wassermann made his way into the Sox’ system via the hard road – an open tryout. Un-drafted after a few underwhelming seasons at Samford, Wassermann took a long shot in July of 2003, and his stuff was good enough for the organization to sign him. Ehren is noted particularly for his control, both with his fastball (90-92 range) and his breaking stuff (curve and change), which is unusual for a side-armer. And while he lacks the spectacular power stuff, he also doesn’t get himself into big trouble – during his minor league career, he has given up just .22 home runs per 9 innings (that’s about 1 HR per 41 innings). With the recent (July, 2007) struggles in the White Sox pen, Wassermann may get a shot at the big league club, which would be quite a feat for an undrafted try-out sign-on.
PERSONAL/PRE-COLLEGE NOTES
Finished his high school career 11-4 with eight saves, including a 2.70 ERA, 114 innings pitched, 502 batters faced, 44 earned runs, 105 strikeouts and 42 walks. But he can also hit: he batted .411, including 123 hits, 129 runs scored, 89 RBI, 32 doubles, 18 home runs, 223 total bases and 16 stolen bases in three years of high school baseball… His favorite athlete is Chipper Jones… Says he is really good at Spades.
COLLEGE
Played 2 years at Jefferson Davis community college, doing more hitting than pitching. Hit .315 and .382 in those two years, and went to the DII World Series as a freshman… Then played just 2 years at Samford, putting up fairly pedestrian numbers… His Junior year, had a 4.05 ERA, 1.30WHIP and a 65/20 K/BB ratio in 25 appearances... Senior year his ERA jumped to 6.25 working more as a starter, going 5-8... Worked from the bullpen mostly, but did start 14 games, and was also used at 3B and DH… Majored in Sports Medicine… Made the A-Sun All-Academic team in 2002.
SIGN/DRAFT
Undrafted, signed with the White Sox on 7/16/2003 after an open tryout
MINORS
Wassermann’s first stop in his professional career at Bristol (2003) was less than stellar, compiling a 14.73 ERA and a 3.27 WHIP in 4 relief appearances, but he was promoted to Kannapolis (A-) anyway… He turned it around at Kanny with a 1.00 ERA and 1.22 WHIP in 6 games to finish 2003, and has excelled at every stop since… Started 2004 in Kanny, promoted to Winston-Salem (A+) mid-season… Started 2005 in W-S, promoted to Birmingham (AA) mid-season… Carolina league All Star in 2005… Played all of 2006 at B-Ham… Southern League All Star in 2006.
Stats…
2003-2006…
Team Lg Age Org Level W L ERA G GS CG SH GF SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WP BK H9 HR9 BB9 K9 WHIP
2003
Bristol App 22 Chw Rk 0 1 14.73 4 0 0 0 2 0 3.2 9 6 6 0 3 4 3 22.09 0.00 7.36 9.82 3.27
Kannapolis SAL 22 Chw A 1 1 1.00 6 0 0 0 5 0 9.0 8 1 1 0 3 10 1 8.00 0.00 3.00 10.00 1.22
2004
Kannapolis SAL 23 Chw A 2 3 2.75 50 0 0 0 47 30 55.2 44 20 17 1 16 42 4 7.11 0.16 2.59 6.79 1.08
Winst-Salm Caro 23 Chw A+ 1 0 2.70 10 0 0 0 4 1 10.0 11 4 3 1 5 5 1 9.90 0.90 4.50 4.50 1.60
2005
Winst-Salm Caro 24 Chw A+ 4 2 1.37 42 0 0 0 20 46.0 41 10 7 0 9 37 3 0 8.02 0.00 1.76 7.24 1.09
Birmingham Sou 24 Chw AA 2 0 2.14 14 0 0 0 0 21.0 23 6 5 0 7 18 2 0 9.86 0.00 3.00 7.71 1.43
2006
Birmingham Sou 25 Chw AA 4 8 2.56 61 0 22 63.1 60 26 18 3 25 47 7 1 8.53 0.43 3.55 6.68 1.34
This Season so far…
W L ERA G GS CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO GO/AO AVG
2 2 1.79 35 0 0 0 5 40.1 28 10 8 0 17 32 1.90 .207
OTHER PROFESSIONAL
Non-roster invitee to 2006 and 2007 Spring Training… Pitched in 3 games over those two ST’s, pitched 2.1 innings, giving up 1 hit, 1 BB, no runs, and striking out 1… Played winter league ball in the Venezuelan league in early 2007, and got beat up pretty badly – 15 ER in 13.1 IP, and a 1-3 record.
REFERENCE
Nice article about Wassermann’s tryout (http://www.barons.com/nm/publish/barons60.shtml)
MVN Sox farm report from May of 2007 (http://mvn.com/mlb-whitesox/2007/05/09/moo-white-sox-farm-report/)
Wasserman in winter ball (http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?c_id=cws&content_id=1782754&fext=.jsp&vkey=news_cws&ymd=20070119)
MILB page (http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?n=Ehren%2520Wassermann&pos=P&sid=milb&t=p_pbp&pid=469164)
Baseball Cube (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/W/Ehren-Wassermann.shtml)
Samford page (http://samfordsports.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/mtt/wassermann_ehren00.html)

Chicken Dinner
07-17-2007, 03:13 PM
It's kind of funny how a guy can come up from AAA and be the second best guy in the pen without even throwing a pitch. :smile:

oeo
07-17-2007, 03:17 PM
Aw man, that's a bummer. I was hoping the Sox would give him a full year at Charlotte and not bring him into this black hole of relievers.

Wasserman does have the numbers to warrant a call-up, and did look pretty sharp in the late spring (after reassignment - not in the official stats). Expecting him to walk in and be the setup guy is a bit too steep of expectations, maybe in 1-2 years. Kenny still need to make a deal for that.

Best of luck to Ehren! Been a while since we had a sub-mariner on the Sox... which may be part of the reason why he's been called up.

Hopefully he'll do a lot better than Prinz or Bukvich.

I don't have high expectations for anyone that's called up anymore. That's why I'm praying that he is. Hopefully he gets the job done...if he does that, he easily becomes our setup man. Ozzie won't put him in that role right away, anyway.

stl_sox_fan
07-17-2007, 03:23 PM
It's kind of funny how a guy can come up from AAA and be the second best guy in the pen without even throwing a pitch. :smile:

Bad thing is their is probably only one direction to go from there.....

Good luck to him.

infohawk
07-17-2007, 03:30 PM
I just posted this in the masset got sent down thread (didnt realize a new one started).

From whitesox.com;

"Wassermann, 26, is 2-4 with a 2.11 ERA (10 ER/42.2 IP), 33 strikeouts and five saves in 38 appearances with Charlotte this season"

Sounds good but does anyone who follows the minor leagues know much else about him?? Seems with numbers like this it may have crossed someones mind to bring this guy up a bit sooner???
Honestly, this bullpen auditioning is starting to remind me of the 5th starter merry-go-round of 2004.

Huisj
07-17-2007, 03:34 PM
Honestly, this bullpen auditioning is starting to remind me of the 5th starter merry-go-round of 2004.

It feels almost worse than that though. At least with the 5th starter thing, the merry-go-round only came around once every five days. With this, we see a new part of the merry-go-round fall apart pretty much every day. :(:

stl_sox_fan
07-17-2007, 03:42 PM
It feels almost worse than that though. At least with the 5th starter thing, the merry-go-round only came around once every five days. With this, we see a new part of the merry-go-round fall apart pretty much every day. :(:

Well put!

KRS1
07-17-2007, 04:03 PM
Ehren is noted particularly for his control, both with his fastball (90-92 range)



Are you sure of that 90-92 range? Because, I have seen him down here in person and on TV, and he never topped 88.

Foulke You
07-17-2007, 04:25 PM
How can he possibly do any worse than what we've seen so far? It's a smart move. We already know the guys we currently have are crap. It's time to start seeing if there is anything in our system that we can use to improve this bullpen. Good move by KW.

NorthSideSox72
07-17-2007, 04:35 PM
Are you sure of that 90-92 range? Because, I have seen him down here in person and on TV, and he never topped 88.
That's what my research said. I haven't seen him pitch in person so I cannot say 100% of course. But if you check out the B-Ham page about his try out (linked in my info earlier), it says 90-91. And I also found a small report on him somewhere that said 90-92, but I can't find that one at the moment.

ChiMan921
07-17-2007, 04:46 PM
:angry:

..........Slightly off topic here, but is it remotely possible that Donnie Cooper has somehow affected these pitchers in a negative way?

I've never seen so many free stolen bases as I have last year and this year. I didn't even know about not being given credit for a stolen base if the opposition doesn't make an effort until THIS YEAR, and I've watched baseball for over 50 years! It's not AJ, these pitchers are not even fundamentally close to being sound.

I wish I could buy into all the Sox relievers being candidates for SH**iest Reliever of all time, but it is just not logical that all these quality relievers just "lost it all at once".

Add to that the new guys look completely lost - this new guy Day might just challenge Kochy for the award if something doesn't change soon.

MisterB
07-17-2007, 05:03 PM
I wish I could buy into all the Sox relievers being candidates for SH**iest Reliever of all time, but it is just not logical that all these quality relievers just "lost it all at once".

Quality relievers? :?:

With the exception of Jenks, the guys in the bullpen were either inexperienced or inconsistent (or both) coming into this season. A lot of people were drooling over the potential radar gun readings of the group, but they weren't exactly a sure thing. Kenny took a gamble and so far has lost his shirt.

DSpivack
07-17-2007, 05:05 PM
Quality relievers? :?:

With the exception of Jenks, the guys in the bullpen were either inexperienced or inconsistent (or both) coming into this season. A lot of people were drooling over the potential radar gun readings of the group, but they weren't exactly a sure thing. Kenny took a gamble and so far has lost his shirt.

Macdougal and Thornton at least pitched well last season, I thought they'd be good again, alas, no such luck.

He gone
07-17-2007, 05:12 PM
Are you sure of that 90-92 range? Because, I have seen him down here in person and on TV, and he never topped 88.

When I saw him pitch last Friday, he hit 89 only once. I don't know if it was jet-lag from his flight from the All-Star game.

http://www.hunt101.com/img/506108.jpg

soxinem1
07-17-2007, 06:11 PM
Honestly, this bullpen auditioning is starting to remind me of the 5th starter merry-go-round of 2004.

And 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003........

Lip Man 1
07-17-2007, 06:17 PM
Infohawk:

You don't remember the 1996 pen do you? The one that cost the Sox the wild card and set the record (since broken) for most blown saves in a season...

I hope the kid shows something, anything...if not I'm reminded of the line by The Who..."meet the new boss, same as the old boss..."

Lip

thomas35forever
07-17-2007, 06:19 PM
And 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003........
Congratulations, you just listed my first years of following the team.

Hitmen77
07-17-2007, 06:21 PM
This is based purely on cynicism, but we've seen this before. Seems like at one point, fans were happy to see Prinz, Buckvicz, Day, etc. up from the minors because they had decent numbers down there and they "couldn't be any worse than we've got now". One appearance later, people are ready to buy these guys a plane ticket - or maybe a bus ticket - back to Charlotte. I wish Wasserman luck, but I'm not expecting "Groundhog Day" to end anytime soon for us.

This is beyond pathetic. Not only has Kenny's entire bullpen plan blown up in his face, but the entire Sox farm system is being exposed as not having a single person that is capable of being at least serviceable out of the bullpen in the majors.

I hope the Sox brass is taking a long hard look at the state of their player development after this slap-in-the-face known as the 2007 season.

JB98
07-17-2007, 06:42 PM
I just hope Ozzie picks the right situation to use this guy for the first time.

Don't bring him in with the bases loaded and no outs.

oeo
07-17-2007, 06:47 PM
I just hope Ozzie picks the right situation to use this guy for the first time.

Don't bring him in with the bases loaded and no outs.

Honestly, who would you rather see?

If Wasserman can throw strikes, he'll be alright since the chances of the Indians having a good scouting report on him are slim to none.

I hope Jon works 8 innings, and we go to the 9th with a 5-run lead, and Wasserman works a 1-2-3 ninth.

GAsoxfan
07-17-2007, 06:52 PM
He's been absolutely dominant against righties this year. He could be valuable in Ozzie's righty/lefty bullpen management style.

Plus, he sounds like the anti-'07 Sox bullpen (doesn't throw very hard, but has good control). So at least he has that going for him.

JB98
07-17-2007, 06:57 PM
Honestly, who would you rather see?

If Wasserman can throw strikes, he'll be alright since the chances of the Indians having a good scouting report on him are slim to none.

I hope Jon works 8 innings, and we go to the 9th with a 5-run lead, and Wasserman works a 1-2-3 ninth.

I just don't want the guy to have a negative experience in his first outing. If Bukvich or Logan create another mess for us, make those *******s pitch their way out of it.

If we go to the ninth with a five-run lead, sure, let Wasserman start the inning and hopefully finish it.

CWSpalehoseCWS
07-17-2007, 07:00 PM
I just don't want the guy to have a negative experience in his first outing. If Bukvich or Logan create another mess for us, make those *******s pitch their way out of it.

Yeah, I'm sick of all the inherited runs the pen gives up.

rdivaldi
07-17-2007, 09:54 PM
I'm excited for Ehren as a person, but not excited as a baseball fan. I've never seen much from him to think he's anything more than a AAAA pitcher. Maybe something will click and he'll surprise us all, but I'm expecting a couple of appearances and then he'll be right back in Charlotte.

Tragg
07-17-2007, 09:58 PM
Honestly, who would you rather see?

If Wasserman can throw strikes, he'll be alright since the chances of the Indians having a good scouting report on him are slim to none.


What's more important is to develop pitchers for the long run than winning a game in a lost season.
He brings him in in a clutch situation in the 8th and he gives up a hit, well, then, I can hear it now.