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).
The Charlotte Knights took on the Pawtucket Red Sox on Thursday night in a high-profile minor league game due to White Sox No. 2 prospect Michael Kopech being on the mound.
Kopech, the 22-yearold old flame throwing right-hander, has been collecting impressive strikeout totals but has struggled with his control. He had issued 15 walks over his last five starts, and prior to Thursday's game his ERA was 4.48. But Kopech shined in all facets against Pawtucket.
In six innings of work, Kopech allowed one earned run on seven hits, and had nine strikeouts. But the most important part of his game was that fact that he only issued one walk in the start.
Prior to Thursday's game, Kopech had 122 strikeouts and 57 walks over 88.1 innings pitched. If he continues to cut down his walks he will become a very efficient pitcher in the future.
But the performance is important in the context of the White Sox losing season, as a lack of control is perhaps the last thing holding Kopech back from being able to make his major league debut.
White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito isn't having a great season, but at least it looks like his Twitter account could pass a background check.
A Twitter user dug through some of Giolito's tweets from his teenage years. He didn't find much in the way of hateful, mean or angry tweets. Instead, he found candy, touch tanks at the aquarium and animated movies.
The tweet got plenty of attention on the platform, leading Giolito to comment on it. Giolito took the joke with a good sense of humor and made a joke at his own expense.
This kind of makes you wonder what else would qualify as Giolito's "dark side." Maybe this will spawn a series of Lucas Giolito facts like the very tame version of Chuck Norris or The Most Interesting Man in the World.