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Sockinchisox
10-12-2007, 10:35 AM
*These stats are over 3 games

Egbert: 2 IP, 1 BB, 1 H, 1 K (1 game, started)
Russell: 1 IP, 1 H (1 game)
Day: 2 IP, 1 H, 3 BB, 3 Ks (2 games)

Sweeney: 3-6 (.500), 1 R, 4 BB (Does not have an extra base hit) (3 games)
Getz: 1-8 (.125) and thats about it for him. (3 games)
Lucy: 1-4 (.250) (2 games)

rdivaldi
10-14-2007, 09:54 PM
5 games now in the books, some guys are playing well.

Sweeney is 4 for 10 with 2 RBIs, 4 BB, and 3 K
Russell has pitched 3 scoreless innings, giving up 2 hits and a BB with 1 K
Egbert has pitched 2 scoreless, giving up a hit a BB with 1 K
Fernando Hernandez has pitched 1.2 scoreless, giving up a hit a BB with 3 K

If you ever want to visit the official site of the AFL, it is here (http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/events/winterleagues/?league=afl).

itsnotrequired
10-15-2007, 08:52 AM
*These stats are over 3 games

Egbert: 2 IP, 1 BB, 1 H, 1 K (1 game, started)
Russell: 1 IP, 1 H (1 game)
Day: 2 IP, 1 H, 3 BB, 3 Ks (2 games)

Sweeney: 3-6 (.500), 1 R, 4 BB (Does not have an extra base hit) (3 games)
Getz: 1-8 (.125) and thats about it for him. (3 games)
Lucy: 1-4 (.250) (2 games)

Assuming he hasn't had any sacrifices, HBP, etc., that's 4 walks in 10 plate appearances. Damn...

Sockinchisox
10-16-2007, 07:28 PM
Stats from Phoenix's W over Peo Saguaros.

Egbert: 3 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 2 BB
Day: 1 IP, 1 K, 1 BB
Russell (W, 1-0): 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K

(They all pitched in that order as well)

KRS1
10-16-2007, 08:17 PM
I just got back from the game and the bar. It was partially awesome, and partially terrible because almost all of our allocated pitchers threw today, but none of our positional players did.

Egbert looked solid, but had a lot more balls hit in the air than I expected. He sat around 87-89 for the most part using his sinker almost exclusively as his FB, and touched 91 on the scoreboard once or twice. His sinker is really an impressive pitch. It has some nice late two seam action on it for some added deception. His change was effective, but I couldn't really see any movement other than down on it(not that it's a bad thing, I just thought he would have more "turn over" on it to go along with his fastballs).

Russell pitched at 91-94 with really solid movement(two-seam and sinking action), and his breaking ball was still lacking. Most of the time it is more of a rolling gradual breaker(not quite rainbow), than a real biting curve, but once or twice he had some nice late breakers(slider-ish) on the right side of the plate.

Day was a little erratic but still giving the batters a bit of a fit with his slider(hung one real bad, but the batter just got under it). His FB seemed pretty heavy popping the catchers mitt nicely, but it was only around 92-93.


BTW Sockin'. The Hernandez who threw wasn't Fernando. It was some other guy named Chris.

rdivaldi
10-17-2007, 11:27 AM
I wouldn't expect a lot of movement on any of the pitchers' offspeed stuff. Isn't it pretty dry in Arizona right now?

KRS1
10-17-2007, 01:47 PM
I wouldn't expect a lot of movement on any of the pitchers' offspeed stuff. Isn't it pretty dry in Arizona right now?

Indeed it is dry, and it does take a little while to adjust you breaking stuff to the air down here. However, it isn't as impossible as some make it out to be to get your pitches moving down here. Just look at Webb's sinker, or Valverde's slider. Given those are vets who have been pitching in this atmosphere for a good while, but it was just to make a point of sorts. It does make sense that some pitchers stuff just won't react right down here because they won't be looking to change things for a month and a half stint that really doesn't matter in the grand scheme of things.

I still expected more "turn over" on Egbert's change. All his FB's have that natural movement, so I figured that he would want his change to have the same look. He does sell it very well though.

rdivaldi
10-19-2007, 09:20 PM
10 games now in the books and the Desert Dogs are playing well at 7- 3.

Sweeney is 6- 21 (.286) with 2 RBIs, 6 BB and 5 K. Still no extra base hits.
Getz is 2- 11 (.182) with 3 K.
Lucy is 1- 11 (.091) with 1 BB and 3 K.

The pitching is faring much better:

Russell - 6 IP, 0 ER, 4 H, 3 BB, 4 K
Egbert - 5 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 3 BB, 1 K
Day - 4 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 4 BB, 5 K
Hernandez - 3.1 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 BB, 5 K

AZChiSoxFan
10-23-2007, 01:00 PM
10 games now in the books and the Desert Dogs are playing well at 7- 3.

Sweeney is 6- 21 (.286) with 2 RBIs, 6 BB and 5 K. Still no extra base hits.
Getz is 2- 11 (.182) with 3 K.
Lucy is 1- 11 (.091) with 1 BB and 3 K.

The pitching is faring much better:

Russell - 6 IP, 0 ER, 4 H, 3 BB, 4 K
Egbert - 5 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 3 BB, 1 K
Day - 4 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 4 BB, 5 K
Hernandez - 3.1 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 BB, 5 K

Thanks for posting the info.

itsnotrequired
10-24-2007, 07:56 AM
Sweeney now hitting .212 (7-33). Still no XBH. He now has 4 RBIs. He remains at 6 BB but his strikeout total has ballooned to 10.

Lucy struggling as well. Now hitting .059 (1-17) with 2 BB and 6 K.

Getz is heating up a bit and hitting .333 (7-21) with 2 RBI, 3 BB and 3 K. Also has 2 SB (1 CS).

Russell - 8 IP, 1 ER, 6 H, 6 BB, 5 K
Egbert - 7.1 IP, 3 ER, 5 H, 7 BB, 5 K
Day - 6 IP, 1 ER, 5 H, 5 BB, 7 K
Hernandez - 4.1 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 1 BB, 5 K

sox1970
10-24-2007, 08:35 AM
Sweeney is taking major steps back in my view. He's not staying healthy. He's not hitting for power. He can afford another year at AAA, but he'll be 24 in 2009, which is kind of a make or break age for hitting prospects.

Lorenzo Barcelo
10-25-2007, 09:27 PM
Halfway through the fall season. Sweeney still does not have an extra base hit, and all our pitchers are walking a lot of guys. The only bright spot is Getz and maybe Hernandez.:(:

itsnotrequired
10-26-2007, 08:40 AM
Sweeney didn't play in the most recent game so his stats are the same.

Lucy picked up a couple hits and is now hitting .150 (3-30) after going 2-3 yesterday. 2 BB and 7 K on the season.

Getz maintains his production and is at .320 (8-25).

Russell - same
Egbert - same
Day - same
Hernandez - 5.2 IP, 0 ER (2 unearned), 3 H, 3 BB, 6 K

itsnotrequired
10-28-2007, 10:21 PM
Sweeney now hitting .200 (8-40). Still no XBH. Still at 4 RBIs. 7 BB, 12 K, 1 SB (1 CS).

Lucy hitting .150 (3-20) with 2 BB and 7 K. 2 RBI, 1 SB.

Getz maintaining at .321 (9-28) with 2 RBI, 4 BB and 3 K. Still at 2 SB (1 CS).

Russell - 10 IP, 2 ER, 8 H, 6 BB, 9 K
Egbert - 7.1 IP, 3 ER, 5 H, 7 BB, 5 K (same stats from nearly a week ago)
Day - 8 IP, 2 ER, 7 H, 4 BB, 10 K
Hernandez - 7.2 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 3 BB, 7 K

A. Cavatica
10-29-2007, 12:15 AM
Sweeney now hitting .200 (8-40). Still no XBH. Still at 4 RBIs. 7 BB, 12 K, 1 SB (1 CS).

Lucy hitting .150 (3-20) with 2 BB and 7 K. 2 RBI, 1 SB.

Getz maintaining at .321 (9-28) with 2 RBI, 4 BB and 3 K. Still at 2 SB (1 CS).

Russell - 10 IP, 2 ER, 8 H, 6 BB, 9 K
Egbert - 7.1 IP, 3 ER, 5 H, 7 BB, 5 K (same stats from nearly a week ago)
Day - 8 IP, 2 ER, 7 H, 4 BB, 10 K
Hernandez - 7.2 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 3 BB, 7 K

Getz ought to be Richar's main competition next spring. Sweeney worries me; he can hit Colon and nobody else. Did we have him rated higher than Chris Young when we made the Vazquez trade?

rdivaldi
10-29-2007, 10:10 AM
Did we have him rated higher than Chris Young when we made the Vazquez trade?

It probably depends who you were talking to. I had him rated higher in terms of whether or not he was a "sure thing". I don't think any of us denied the fact that Young had the highest talent ceiling of all the OF prospects though. Ryan is still a kid, he has time to develop. I wouldn't get bent out of place over a small sample size in the AFL.

itsnotrequired
10-31-2007, 08:10 AM
Sweeney now hitting .209 (9-43). Still no XBH. Still at 4 RBIs. 8 BB, 12 K, 1 SB (1 CS).

Lucy hitting .125 (3-24) with 2 BB and 9 K. 2 RBI, 1 SB.

Getz drops off to .265 (9-34) with 2 RBI, 6 BB and 4 K. Still at 2 SB (1 CS).

Russell - 12 IP, 2 ER, 9 H, 6 BB, 10 K
Egbert - 7.1 IP, 3 ER, 5 H, 7 BB, 5 K (same stats from over a week ago, is he hurt?)
Day - 9 IP, 2 ER, 8 H, 4 BB, 10 K
Hernandez - 7.2 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 3 BB, 7 K (same as last week)

PorkChopExpress
10-31-2007, 02:36 PM
Sweeney now hitting .209 (9-43). Still no XBH. Still at 4 RBIs. 8 BB, 12 K, 1 SB (1 CS).

Lucy hitting .125 (3-24) with 2 BB and 9 K. 2 RBI, 1 SB.

Getz drops off to .265 (9-34) with 2 RBI, 6 BB and 4 K. Still at 2 SB (1 CS).

Russell - 12 IP, 2 ER, 9 H, 6 BB, 10 K
Egbert - 7.1 IP, 3 ER, 5 H, 7 BB, 5 K (same stats from over a week ago, is he hurt?)
Day - 9 IP, 2 ER, 8 H, 4 BB, 10 K
Hernandez - 7.2 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 3 BB, 7 K (same as last week)

He looks to be going today.

upperdeckusc
10-31-2007, 04:50 PM
He looks to be going today.

lets try to cut down on those walks, hmmm??

sox1970
10-31-2007, 05:18 PM
lets try to cut down on those walks, hmmm??

Egbert pitched 3 innings today. No walks. Couple runs.

Sweeney K'd 3 times. Average under .200. Looks like another bust unless he can start hitting for power--or even for average.

oeo
11-01-2007, 06:47 PM
Sweeney K'd 3 times. Average under .200. Looks like another bust unless he can start hitting for power--or even for average.

:rolleyes:

Yep, he's a bust because he hasn't played well over the course of a couple of weeks. And before you bring up his season; it was injury-ridden.

sox1970
11-01-2007, 07:29 PM
:rolleyes:

Yep, he's a bust because he hasn't played well over the course of a couple of weeks. And before you bring up his season; it was injury-ridden.

I'm not saying this because of the last two weeks. I'm saying this because he's proven to be a slap singles hitter. And part of being a legitimate prospect is being durable and being able to stay on the field. He needs to have a real solid year at Charoltte in 2008---stay healthy and hit for more power.

itsnotrequired
11-02-2007, 11:23 AM
Sweeney now hitting .213 (10-47). Still no XBH. Still at 4 RBIs. 8 BB, 15 K, 2 SB (1 CS).

Lucy hitting .125 (3-24) with 2 BB and 9 K. 2 RBI, 1 SB. (same as last update)

Getz at .265 (9-34) with 2 RBI, 6 BB and 4 K. Still at 2 SB (1 CS). (same as last update)

Russell - 12 IP, 2 ER, 9 H, 6 BB, 10 K (same as last update)
Egbert - 10.1 IP, 5 ER, 10 H, 7 BB, 8 K
Day - 9 IP, 2 ER, 8 H, 4 BB, 10 K (same as last update)
Hernandez - 8.2 IP, 0 ER, 4 H, 3 BB, 8 K

Brian26
11-04-2007, 10:06 AM
Looks like another bust unless he can start hitting for power--or even for average.

I really don't envision Sweeney ever hitting for power so dramatically that it changes his game. He's going to have to be a high OPS guy to be effective. He's not a centerfielder either, so as a corner outfielder who can't get on base right now and without power, he's Jeff Abbott.

itsnotrequired
11-04-2007, 02:58 PM
Changes from last update in bold:

Sweeney - .250 (13-52, still no XBH), 5 RBI, 8 BB, 15 K, 2 SB (1 CS)

Lucy - .179 (5-28), 3 RBI, 2 BB, 10 K, 1 SB

Getz - .279 (12-43), 4 RBI, 6 BB, 4 K, 2 SB (1 CS)


Russell - 12 IP, 2 ER (1.50 ERA) , 9 H, 6 BB, 10 K

Egbert - 10.1 IP, 5 ER (4.35 ERA), 10 H, 7 BB, 8 K

Day - 10 IP, 2 ER (1.80 ERA), 8 H, 4 BB, 11 K

Hernandez - 9.2 IP, 0 ER (0.00 ERA), 4 H, 3 BB, 10 K

itsnotrequired
11-12-2007, 09:07 PM
Changes from last update in bold:

Sweeney - .282 (20-71, still no XBH), 8 RBI, 8 BB, 17 K, 5 SB (1 CS)

Lucy - .200 (8-40), 3 RBI, 2 BB, 16 K, 1 SB

Getz - .304 (21-69, leads team in AVE), 7 RBI, 7 BB, 5 K, 2 SB (2 CS)


Russell - 15 IP, 4 ER (2.40 ERA), 13 H, 7 BB, 15 K

Egbert - 19.1 IP, 7 ER (3.26 ERA), 14 H, 11 BB, 17 K

Day - 12 IP, 2 ER (1.50 ERA), 8 H, 4 BB, 15 K

Hernandez - 12.2 IP, 0 ER (0.00 ERA), 5 H, 4 BB, 11 K

Sockinchisox
11-13-2007, 02:31 PM
Jeeze, Hernandez sounds filthy, I'd like to see him compete for a bullpen spot next season.

Nice to see Getz rebound after starting off so terribly.

kjhanson
11-13-2007, 02:36 PM
Is this primarily a bad hitting league (ballparks, weather, talent, whatever)? Our pitchers have 58 Ks in just 59 innings, which is outstanding among four different pitchers. Walks are obviously high (nice 1.11 WHIP though), but the ERAs are great as well. Any particular reason for that?

rdivaldi
11-13-2007, 02:42 PM
Is this primarily a bad hitting league (ballparks, weather, talent, whatever)? Our pitchers have 58 Ks in just 59 innings, which is outstanding among four different pitchers. Walks are obviously high (nice 1.11 WHIP though), but the ERAs are great as well. Any particular reason for that?

Because our farm system is outstanding!!!

Actually if I could put that in deep pink and teal combined I would.

On a more serious note, the AFL tends to be more of a hitters league being in Arizona and all. I wouldn't put too much stock in the numbers, it's a relatively small sample size, but it's nice to see some our guys excelling.

upperdeckusc
11-13-2007, 05:40 PM
Because our farm system is outstanding!!!

Actually if I could put that in deep pink and teal combined I would.

On a more serious note, the AFL tends to be more of a hitters league being in Arizona and all. I wouldn't put too much stock in the numbers, it's a relatively small sample size, but it's nice to see some our guys excelling.


ESPECIALLY hernandez. he put up solid numbers this yr in the minors, and is following it up in the AFL. it would be amazing for the white sox's checkbook if they could groom their own relievers, such as wasserman, russell, oneli perez, hernandez, (heath phillips?), etc.

KRS1
11-13-2007, 08:00 PM
Well, I was pushing since the AS break for Fernando to get his chance, but I'm not going to pretend I know the situation more than KW, Ozzie, and those below sending them their information. The thing that makes me mad is that we gave that second half to guys like Mike Myers and Ryan Bukvich rather than look at younger guys within the org. who could possibly save us from making unnecessary, and potentially harmful moves to our team in order to try and sure up the pen. It would have been nice to see some of the guys with actual upside get at least a look(or even give Sisco and Masset another chance).

Sockinchisox
11-13-2007, 09:00 PM
Masset has upside, Sisco is just a big ball of bad.

But Fernando had a great year at AA, but I'm not so sure they organization views Oneli as a person who could contribute because he doesn't have any + stuff.

KRS1
11-13-2007, 10:56 PM
Masset has upside, Sisco is just a big ball of bad.


Well, Sisco at least has a good year under his belt as a major leaguer. Both have some filthy stuff, are around the same age(Sisco is eight months younger), and the same problem with control that has held them back from being successful. So I wouldn't say there is much difference between their upside at all.

veeter
11-14-2007, 09:30 AM
It's funny how they pick who gets a chance and who doesn't. Wasserman had incredible stats wherever he went, yet because he's not a "power arm" people look the other way. But the fact is, he's a good picher. Like the coach would say, "Don't give me good atheletes, give me good football players." The sixth "tool", which noone ever mentions, is the brain. Without the brain you get squat.

upperdeckusc
11-14-2007, 01:10 PM
Masset has upside, Sisco is just a big ball of bad.

But Fernando had a great year at AA, but I'm not so sure they organization views Oneli as a person who could contribute because he doesn't have any + stuff.

i hope thats not true. Oneli has been successful on every single level he has been on, both with era and k's/inning. if he can get outs ala wasserman, i want him in the bullpen. don't know about next yr, at least let him prove his success in AAA, but late '08/'09, i'd like him to be in there or traded for something of value.

The Immigrant
11-15-2007, 10:59 AM
Sweeney finally got his first extra base hit - a 3 run homer.

http://mlb.mlb.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=l119&t=g_box&gid=2007_11_14_perwin_pddwin_1

PorkChopExpress
11-15-2007, 02:21 PM
Sweeney finally got his first extra base hit - a 3 run homer.

http://mlb.mlb.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=l119&t=g_box&gid=2007_11_14_perwin_pddwin_1

Looks like he already has himself a double today as well.

rdivaldi
11-15-2007, 02:25 PM
Looks like he already has himself a double today as well.

Off Adam Miller, which makes it that much more sweet. I'm so sick of hearing about that guy...

PorkChopExpress
11-15-2007, 02:51 PM
Looks like he already has himself a double today as well.

Make that two.

itsnotrequired
11-15-2007, 09:30 PM
Changes from last update in bold:

Sweeney - .286 (24-84, 2 2B, 1 HR :bandance:), 13 RBI, 9 BB, 18 K, 5 SB (1 CS)

Lucy - .200 (8-40), 3 RBI, 2 BB, 16 K, 1 SB

Getz - .278 (22-79), 8 RBI, 10 BB, 5 K, 2 SB (2 CS)


Russell - 16 IP, 5 ER (2.81 ERA), 16 H, 8 BB, 16 K

Egbert - 19.1 IP, 7 ER (3.26 ERA), 14 H, 11 BB, 17 K
Day - 13 IP, 2 ER (1.38 ERA), 9 H, 4 BB, 17 K

Hernandez - 12.2 IP, 0 ER (0.00 ERA), 5 H, 4 BB, 11 K

oeo
11-15-2007, 09:46 PM
I haven't really been following, but could Sweeney's lack of XBH be due to his wrist still not being 100%? Not that I know the condition the wrist is in...

Hitmen77
11-16-2007, 03:14 PM
There's an article on Sweeney and other AFL participants on whitesox.com

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20071116&content_id=2301659&vkey=news_cws&fext=.jsp&c_id=cws

WhiteSox5187
11-16-2007, 06:45 PM
Wow, great to see Sweeney go on a bit of a tear there...this Hernadez kid sounds impressive as well. But then again, this is just the AFL, so let's not go nuts. Hopefully if they play in the Carribean League they will do better there and then do well in ST.

Fungo
11-18-2007, 07:21 PM
Phoenix wins the AFL championship

http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/prospects/?p=666

Phoenix’s initial tally came in the first inning as Cliff Pennington (Athletics) scored from second on Ryan Sweeney’s (White Sox) two-out opposite field double. It was the first of three hits for Pennington, who led the Desert Dogs 15-hit attack. Five other Phoenix players tallied two hits each.

After a passed ball and a ground out to shortstop, Macri gave the Desert Dogs the lead for good with a sacrifice fly to right field. Phoenix added an insurance run when Chris Getz (White Sox) narrowly beat out an infield hit, driving in Delaney to make the score 4-2.
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http://www.mlb.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=l119&t=g_box&gid=2007_11_17_pddwin_surwin_1

rdivaldi
11-19-2007, 11:02 AM
Phoenix wins the AFL championship

Considering the embarrassing showing by our guys in 2006, this is very promising.

California Sox
11-19-2007, 12:07 PM
Considering the embarrassing showing by our guys in 2006, this is very promising.

Yes. I haven't given up on Sweeney yet and I'm a big Egbert fan. Plus, the Twins pitching coach seems to have done a nice job with our bullpen guys. But I don't think I'll ever get on board the Donny Lucy train.

Sockinchisox
11-27-2007, 06:51 PM
rotoworld's AFL wrap-up, they seem to be pretty high on Egbert and Sweeney.

Dewon Day (http://www.rotoworld.com/content/playerpages/player_main.aspx?sport=MLB&id=4901) - RHP White Sox - DOB: 09/29/80
2-3, 3.60 ERA, 26 H, 48/12 K/BB in 25 IP (AA Birmingham)
0-2, 6.28 ERA, 10 H, 15/20 K/BB in 14 1/3 IP (AAA Charlotte)
0-1, 11.25 ERA, 19 H, 7/9 K/BB in 12 IP (Chicago - AL)
0-1, 1.38 ERA, 9 H, 17/4 K/BB in 13 IP (AFL Phoenix)

With a low-90s sinking fastball and a plus slider, Day has the stuff to be a force out of the bullpen. However, he's now 27 and he still hasn't put it together. He struck out 63 and walked 32 in 39 1/3 IP innings in the minors last season. What makes Day especially intriguing, in addition to the strikeouts, is his strong groundball rate. Including his time in the AFL, he gave up just two homers in 64 1/3 innings last season. The White Sox could really use a guy who can get double plays in the sixth or seventh inning. Day, though, walks too many batters to be trusted with men on base right now. He'll enter camp as a long shot to make the team.

Jack Egbert (http://www.rotoworld.com/content/playerpages/player_main.aspx?sport=MLB&id=4933) - RHP White Sox - DOB: 05/12/83
12-8, 3.06 ERA, 138 H, 165/44 K/BB in 161 2/3 IP (AA Birmingham)
1-0, 3.26 ERA, 14 H, 17/11 K/BB in 19 1/3 IP (AFL Phoenix)

Egbert, a Rutgers product drafted in the 13th round in 2004, is shaping up as quite a find. Despite a middling fastball, he manages to induce grounders from right-handers, and he strikes out a lot of lefties with his top-notch changeup. That he only occasionally hits 90 on the gun means the combination might not work as well in the majors. However, he does enough things well that he should put together a career as a fourth or fifth starter, and there's a chance he'll be something more. The White Sox could give him his first opportunity during the first half of 2008. He's a reasonable bet for immediate success while the league tries to figure out his change.


Adam Russell (http://www.rotoworld.com/content/playerpages/player_main.aspx?sport=MLB&id=4916) - RHP White Sox - DOB: 04/14/83
9-11, 4.80 ERA, 159 H, 95/58 K/BB in 138 2/3 IP (AA Birmingham)
2-0, 2.81 ERA, 16 H, 16/8 K/BB in 16 IP (AFL Phoenix)

Russell wasn't all that far away from making the White Sox last spring, but he didn't fulfill the team's expectations after being assigned to Double-A. An imposing figure at 6-foot-8 and 250 pounds, Russell looks like he'd be tough to hit. However, the Southern League batted .290 against him and he struck out just 95 in 138 2/3 innings. As a full-time reliever in the AFL, he did generate more missed cuts, but he still had a 1.50 WHIP while fanning 16 batters in 16 innings. With his mid-90s fastball and occasionally impressive slider, he has real potential as a short reliever. The White Sox figure to leave him in the pen and hope that he'll be ready to help by June or July. He's due for some time in Triple-A as he continues to adjust to his new role.

Ryan Sweeney (http://www.rotoworld.com/content/playerpages/player_main.aspx?sport=MLB&id=1394) - OF White Sox - DOB: 02/20/85
.270/.348/.398, 10 HR, 47 RBI, 71/48 K/BB, 8 SB in 397 AB (AAA Charlotte)
.200/.265/.333, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 5/4 K/BB, 0 SB in 45 AB (Chicago - AL)
.286/.347/.345, 1 HR, 13 RBI, 18/9 K/BB, 5 SB in 84 AB (AFL Phoenix)

I want to give White Sox GM Ken Williams credit and assume he's not as close to giving up on Sweeney as the Chicago media suggests. Talk about a half-baked idea.

OK, moving on.

Sweeney has been mishandled by the White Sox nearly from day one. The 2003 second-round pick was sent to high-A ball as a 19-year-old in 2004 and got talked up as a candidate for the major league roster as early as 2005. All along, he's posted numbers in the minors that were average at best, but because of his youth, there were always encouraging signs to be taken from them. Only during last season did he take his first step backwards. However, he was just 22 and he hardly embarrassed himself with a .270 average in Triple-A. While his power hasn't emerged as hoped, there's still good reason to believe he'll eventually establish himself as a quality regular. He's willing to go to all fields with his left-handed stroke, and he doesn't whiff all that often. The 20-homer ability should arrive within a couple of years. The White Sox will likely send him back to Triple-A next year, but he could emerge as their top option in case of an injury to any of their starting outfielders. Odds are that he'll be some team's right fielder in 2009.

rdivaldi
11-27-2007, 10:39 PM
rotoworld's AFL wrap-up, they seem to be pretty high on Egbert and Sweeney.

I would take that down and link to the site. Rotoworld might get pissed off and the mods don't care much for copyright infringement.

Good find though...

WhiteSox5187
11-27-2007, 11:25 PM
They also seem pretty high on Sweeney. I still think the kid deserves more shots, he is only 22.