White Sox Top Prospect Updates with Buddy Bell: Pitchers

White Sox Pitchers bred in organization to work fast!

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Chicago White Sox starter Gavin Floyd (7-8) made quick work of the Oakland Athletics on Sunday. He took a perfect game into the sixth inning before allowing just one run and four hits in seven-plus innings, improving to 5-2 with a 1.06 ERA in his last 11 starts. All in under 2.5 hours. The 6-foot-6 right-hander hasn’t allowed more than two earned runs in a game since a loss to Texas on June 2.

And Floyd is like many of the other Sox pitchers, and Sox system pitchers- developed to work with speed and efficiency. I recently was on conference call with Sox minor league pitching coordinator Kirk Champion (for more on Champion’s insights into the Sox organization’s top pitching prospects go here) and he discussed the organizational practices regarding this trait.

By Paul M. Banks

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Chicago White Sox 1st Half Report Cards: Pitchers

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For the first couple months of the 2010 season, the White Sox pitching staff was similar to the iPhone4: high expectations of “the best yet,” followed by major problems, mechanical flaws and overall disappointment.

Then, more mysteriously than the Chupacabra, the White Sox win 25 of their last thirty games to go into the All-Star break leading the AL Central as the hottest team in baseball.  Let’s break down their success in our second “back to school” edition of 1st half “report cards.”

For position player report cards go here

By: Soxman

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Hottest Team in MLB? Your Chicago White Sox

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On June 8th, the Chicago White Sox were 24-33, a season low 9 games under .500 and 9.5 out of first place in the AL Central division. Few experts could have anticipated where the Sox would be on July 10th:

47-38, a half game back of the division leading Detroit Tigers, and certifiably the hottest team in Major League Baseball.

Fresh off an 8-2 win over division rival Kansas City, the Southsiders’ sizzling streak reads like this:

Six straight wins, 19-4 in their last 23, 23-5 in their last 28, 12-1 in their last 13 at U.S. Cellular Field.

And it all starts with the starting rotation. Pun intended.

“We’re pitching well, all five guys go out there and do a tremendous job giving us an opportunity and a chance to win,” Sox Manager Ozzie Guillen said.

By Paul M. Banks

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White Sox Gavin Floyd is DEALING Now

Ozzie Guillen on his Bullpen, Managing Style (Video)

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Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen is one of the most entertaining interviews in all of MLB, or sports in general for that matter. Remember when you took Psychology 101, and you learned about the id, the ego, and the superego? Hearing Ozzie sometimes, is a great way to define exactly what the id is.

So I guess it’s fitting that the topic of psychology came up here at the end of this video. And BEWARE the F bomb right at the beginning of this vid. Sorry, I wasn’t able to edit the profanity out!

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White Sox 1st Qtr Report Card: Pitchers & Coaches

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“They’re all dead?!?!” describes the “Lost” television series finale in three simple words.  “You’re Fired” are two words to perfectly summarize the “Celebrity Apprentice.”  And do these analogies compare to White Sox pitcher report cards for the first quarter of the 2010 season?  How about Ozzie Guillen’s future with the Sox?

Let’s play ball! For the 1st Qtr report card of position players go here

By Soxman

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