The Wizard passed on these notes from Baseball America today on Myles Jaye and Daniel Webb, the two minor leaguers the Sox acquired from Toronto in exchange for Jason Frasor. The BA post is from New Year's Day, but it's not like the White Sox are making any brilliant trades today or anything, so here goes:
On Jaye: "Tall and lean, Jaye has an athletic delivery. His fastball has good sink to it, but his secondary stuff is a work in progress. He has shown feel for a changeup and started working with a slider in pro ball after using a curve in high school. Jaye offers intriguing upside but is several years away."
On Webb: "He has a good pitcher's frame and a live arm that produces a plus fastball, but most scouts think he'll eventually move to the bullpen because of his slingy arm action and lack of command. He shows feel for a changeup, but his curveball still needs work."
The post includes notes on the backgrounds of Jaye and Webb, so be sure to check it out.
Both players seem to be prototypical low-level minor league prospects: They both have good fastballs but need to put in a lot of work on their offspeed stuff.
I'm less intrigued by Webb than I am by Jaye -- it sounds like Jaye at least has a chance to start so long as he can develop and refine his breaking ball. He's only 20 and, if he can succeed in Kannapolis andor Winston-Salem this year, could begin to insert himself in discussions involving decent pitching prospects in the White Sox system (of which there are few).
With the Cubs back in the NLCS, White Sox fans have had to deal with another post-season of Cubs this and Cubs that. How does one escape it? Diehard White Sox fan John Kass of the Chicago Tribune comes on the podcast to talk with Chuck Garfien about his recent column entitled "Searching for a safe space in Cubslandia." Kass talks about how he's dealing with the Cubs success and how White Sox fans can find this safe space. He tells the story about taking the White Sox World Series trophy into a Chicago Tribune board meeting in 2005 to rub it in the faces of the Trib's executives who were all Cubs fans.
Kass talks about how he watches the Cubs in the playoffs, the Chicago media coverage of their playoff run and how Cubs fans will react if they don't repeat as champions. Garfien and Kass also discuss the White Sox rebuild, the Cubs losing in 2003 and why Kass will be calling Cubs Pre and Post host David Kaplan in the middle of the night if and when the Cubs are eliminated.
Former White Sox pitcher Daniel Webb died at the age of 28 in an ATV accident on Saturday night, according to Humphreys County Sheriff Chris Davis.
Davis called it a “tragic accident, and we should rally around the family.”
Webb, a Paducah, Ky. native, was with the White Sox from 2013-16 and went 7-5 with a 4.50 ERA.
The White Sox released this statement:
Daniel left many friends within the Chicago White Sox organization, and we are all shocked and stunned by the news of last night's terrible accident. He was a terrific young man with a full life ahead of him. All thoughts and prayers go to his family and friends as they deal with today's tragic news.