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as posted on the official site of the Chicago White Sox. with explanations regarding why moves were made. Time didn’t prove him wrong. LHP Leyson Septimo. Starting with the last move of the 2011 season: 9/29/11: Traded Manager Ozzie Guillen and RHP Ricardo Andres to Florida Marlins for RHP Jhan Marinez and SS Osvaldo Martinez. outrighted C Donny Lucy and RHP Jhonny Nunez to Charlotte Knights. RHP Josh Kinney. The remote chance of bringing back Buehrle disappeared when he signed a four-year. Not so this time! The trade of Ozzie Guillen to the Florida (soon Miami) Marlins officially turned the page on the 2011 season. but he still saw the White Sox as his best chance to return to the big leagues in the near future. the White Sox didn’t retain any of their free agents. $10 million contract (only to fire him after the first season). As expected. The 40-man roster underwent its annual fall cleaning. And now the offseason has begun. Instead. 10/14/11: Outrighted RHP Shane Lindsay.Transaction Register The following moves are the official transaction notices for the 2012 season. the Marlins ponied up a couple fringe prospects for the privilege of signing Guillen to a four-year. and one played a bigger part than most expected. IF Omar Vizquel and LHP Mark Buehrle elected free agency. as well as the never-ending struggle between Guillen and Kenny Williams for Jerry Reinsdorf’s favor. Williams won that battle. and he also pulled off a very small victory by getting two mildly interesting players from the Marlins for a manager they had no interest in retaining. Two of these players would return to the White Sox organization. Had the Sox merely fired Guillen. they would have been on the hook for his 2013 salary. and what they ultimately accomplished. 10/30/11: LF Juan Pierre. 9/30/11: Activated C Ramon Castro and OF Brent Lillibridge from the 15-day disabled list. RHP Kyle Cofield to Charlotte Knights. Usually. The White Sox designated Bruney for assignment in rather abrupt fashion in August. 11/3/11: Signed free agent RHP Brian Bruney. . C Ramon Castro. which meant that five relievers had to find themselves a new home. $58 million deal to join Guillen in Miami. the Transaction Register begins with the first move of the offseason. released RHP Tony Pena.
Their 153-111 record against the NL from 1997-2011 was second only to the Yankees (157-107). but not noticeably so. June is when National League teams showed up on the schedule. Plus. the White Sox offense treated June as the start of the season. and Houston dropped 26 of 29 at one point. their inability to find another gear at their typical time told us that separation from Detroit and second place wasn’t going to be easy. Really. Thankfully. for their ninth straight victory. Adam Dunn broke away from his 2011 course for good with an 11-homer May. The Sox were kings of interleague play since its inception. Cardinals (88-74) 1-2 vs. The Sox finished interleague play with a 9-9 record in 2012. but they lost points from the judges due to a low degree of difficulty. Robin Ventura didn’t enjoy the same success.2012: Season in Review June: Then came Youk Interleague struggles Over the last few seasons of Ozzie Guillen’s tenure. Not by coincidence. it was much cheaper this time around. Extend it further. Maybe it’s because he never had aspirations to manage a National League team. anything less than a sweep would have disappointed. Here’s how those 18 games were divvied up (with the team’s 2012 record): ● ● ● ● ● 4-2 vs. 7-4. with a 1½ game lead in the AL Central. It looked even worse when the Astros left Chicago and promptly lost 15 of their next 16 road games (including 13 in a row). In his first season. Dodgers (86-76) 1-2 vs. Addition by subtraction On June 1. However. Astros (55-107) All of those head-to-head records can be defended … with exception of the Houston series from June 8-10. The Sox seldom passed up an opportunity to paste the Senior Circuit. They wouldn’t win another road series until they took two out of three in Cincinnati three months later. The Sox shouldn’t have dropped two of three. if it was even possible. But the Sox still carried their share of dead weight. The longest winning streak put the Sox at 30-22. The Tigers fared better at 11-7. Breaking even against the National League didn’t kill the White Sox. the White Sox beat the Seattle Mariners. Brewers (83-79) 1-2 vs. but the White Sox were uncharacteristically flat during the interleague portion of the calendar. those two wins at The Cell constituted 10 percent of their 2012 road win total (20-61). the White Sox maintained their grip on first place the entire time. especially at home. For the Astros. Cubs (61-101) 2-1 vs. and .
it’s the kind of power that draws comparisons to Ryan Howard. Chris Beck had better than second-round stuff. After a brief. two high school players. which led to lost velocity. Throw in a working slider. His final line: . 13th overall) OF.324/.284/. 210pound frame with athleticism that reveals itself in many ways. Texas The last time the White Sox used their first pick on a high school player? 2001.480 with eight homers and 11 steals in 249 plate appearances. and it was enough to convince the Sox he was worth a supplemental-round pick.319/. 1: Courtney Hawkins (first round. King HS. he featured a mid-90s fastball with a great cutter. The White Sox signed him for the exact slot recommendation ($2. and then 51 over 40⅓ innings at Great Falls. So what was Courtney Hawkins’ appeal? A 6-foot-3-inch. His ceiling isn’t too high — he has gap power. However. . Corpus Christi. successful stint in Bristol. and he’ll have to work to stick at second base — so his left-handed bat will have to carry him up the minor-league ladder. and now he’s pretty hittable.475 million). then shoved him through Bristol and Kannapolis for a brief five-game trial with Winston-Salem in the Carolina League playoffs. No. 4: Joey DeMichele (3-108) 2B. Arizona State The White Sox finally selected a polished collegiate hitter in Joey DeMichele. Tampa. he spent the rest of the season in Kannapolis. Beck gave up 117 hits over 103⅔ innings at Georgia Southern.436 over 256 plate appearances). In the Cape Cod League. Carroll HS. But over the last year. he lost his arm slot. where he hung in well enough against A-ball pitching (. 2: Keon Barnum (1-48) 1B. and he showcased that skill immediately upon signing. Two first-round picks. The Sox used their third-round pick with the hopes they can restore his delivery. He hit three homers in 13 games at Bristol before a shoulder injury sidelined him the rest of the season. Georgia Southern At his peak. No. While Hawkins attracted the Sox’s attention with his bag of tools.261/. No. Fla. 3: Chris Beck (2-76) RHP.Down on the Farm 2012 Draft in Review No. but he also has big-time power with intriguing speed and arm strength. He showcased it in the MLB Network studio on draft day by performing a backflip in dress pants. and it seems like a hard combination to match. when they selected Kris Honel 16th overall. Keon Barnum is a limited player who only stands out for his power.
But Pierzynski didn’t have that kind of dignity.J. Pierzynski wasn’t really reformed.25 million trial for the 2005 season. or a no-holds-barred brand of brilliant. the Giants didn’t tender him a contract. of course. he said “what the hell” and ran like hell in his penguin gait to first. harmful side . and it is certainly hard to imagine him being contrite. he had earned the “clubhouse cancer” label. What we do know is that Pierzynski meshed well enough with the White Sox to sign three more contracts. By May of that year. his White Sox career was a little more complicated. $2. Phillips High School in Orlando. and at the end of his worst offensive season (in more ways than one). I’m not qualified to say if Pierzynski was humbled after the Giants discarded him. In reality. Instead of being a swing of the bat from trailing the Angels 2-0. urged Kenny Williams to sign him. A. The Sox gave him a one-year. but when the Twins traded him to San Francisco before the 2004 season. and that changed the course of the White Sox’s World Series run. and Hawk Harrelson. and waited to see if his effort was desperately silly. it wouldn't take long for Giants teammates to start resenting him. While his impudence added some fire to the Sox’s on-field product. starting with the 24th player of the 2005 World Series champions to leave the organization. who knew Pierzynski all the way back to Pierzynski’s days at Dr. Pablo Ozuna’s stolen base and Joe Crede’s swing of the bat knotted up the series. and Pierzynski set out on his road to recovery.White Sox Eulogies Bidding farewell to the players who left the White Sox for one reason or another.J. Pierzynski came to Chicago in need of redemption. Pierzynski played the game with an unmatched combination of intensity and shamelessness. He formed his reputation as an unpopular opponent while playing a key role in the Minnesota Twins’ revival. The rest of his stay in Chicago would feature a highlight-reel of heel turns. and Pierzynski was the one who started that wave. The White Sox wouldn’t lose again that year. The White Sox needed a catcher. solidifying his reputation as an out-and-out winner. but the professionalwrestling enthusiast refined his “heel” act and rediscovered how to use his jerk-assed powers for (mostly) good. Pierzynski A. so when he heard something hit the dirt. ushering in an eight-year reign of stability at the catching position. Can you imagine anybody else selling a nonexistent HBP to help derail a no-hit bid? Does any other Sox player throw out an elbow and sell phantom contact during a rundown to draw an interference call? And. and his lack of decorum allowed him to see opportunities other players didn’t or couldn’t. does anybody else take off for first after swinging and missing to end the ninth inning in Game 2 of the ALCS? Pierzynski had nothing to lose but his dignity after Doug Eddings made an apparent strike-three-third-out sign when Pierzynski swung over the top of a sinking pitch. Doug Eddings gave Pierzynski the benefit of the doubt.
Alex Rios and Adam Dunn pushed them closer to the former. especially since the White Sox need to gain ground on Detroit. Rebound seasons from Peavy. Consider! Detroit: Re-signed Anibal Sanchez to a four-year deal. the starting rotation looks sound through the first four spots. because they’re being paid retail or above. Alas. The White Sox got enough out of this cast of characters to win 85 games.J. an unofficial announcement of their intentions for contention. Hahn started his winter by re-signing Jake Peavy for two years and $29 million. which hinted at a full-on push with the same aging core that nearly got the Sox there in 2012. signed Nick Swisher and Brett Myers. Kansas City: Acquired James Shields from Tampa Bay for Minor League Player of the Year Wil Myers. even though they received the league’s worst production out of third base. and the Tigers made their own improvements. That idea ended when Hahn showed no real interest in retaining the services of A. signed Torii Hunter for two years.Looking Forward Charting the course for 2013 A year after launching a nearly successful sneak attack on the Detroit Tigers in 2012. It’s an uninspiring compromise. all the White Sox had to show for their offseason in terms of new faces were a pair of secondary signings (Jeff Keppinger and Matt Lindstrom) and the acquisition of 25th-man contenders (Angel Sanchez. Blake Tekotte. they don’t have much (if anything) in the way of trade value. In Rick Hahn’s first offseason at the helm. and this offseason was no different. The good news — it’s not that awful. Minnesota: Traded their two center fielders (Denard Span and Ben Revere) for big-armed pitching prospects. get Victor Martinez back from a torn ACL. they still need to prove that they can be relied upon to contribute star seasons. Bryan Anderson). Instead. who represents a significant improvement over a bad-back Brent Morel. . and whatever John Danks can offer after shoulder surgery is a bonus. the most prudent course isn’t always the most exciting. The Sox addressed the former by adding Keppinger. Until that happens. With each player recovering from their own catastrophes. and it won’t be for that long. The significant talent on the roster is more or less frozen in place. and that makes it quite easy to think the Sox lost a considerable amount of ground. Cleveland: Hired Terry Francona. and two-fifths of the original rotation had nothing to offer after April. the Sox were by far the AL Central’s quietest team. the White Sox are in a position to be underestimated once again. The Sox always seem to be caught between contending and rebuilding. Pierzynski. Likewise. but the “rebound” adjective is an inherently restraining one. traded Shin-Soo Choo for Trevor Bauer and Drew Stubbs.
The Sox needed Axelrod more than they probably hoped. The White Sox won 8-1 for their only victory in a four-game set at Camden Yards. but the White Sox emerged victorious when Dayan Viciedo hit a three-run homer off David Robertson in the ninth inning. The Sox split the series. The Sox actually came out ahead in Axelrod starts. 29: One day after the Orioles knocked out Chris Sale after four innings. Axelrod and his 87-mph fastball began a steady climb up the minor-league chain. Philip Humber and Gavin Floyd when they hit the DL.88 WHIP 1. . and a wildly successful one. given his background. Two days later.51 1. Aug. with Axelrod outpitching Jose Quintana. a guy to whom Robin Ventura could turn on short notice and stand a chance of winning a game. as he filled in for Jesse Crain. July 16: Axelrod encountered early trouble in Fenway Park by giving up three straight singles in the first inning. leading to a run.Looking Forward Dylan Axelrod Starting pitcher | Birthdate: 7/30/85 Contract ● Contract purchased by White Sox 9/5/11 Stats Chicago Charlotte W-L 2-2 7-5 G 14 16 IP 51. Axelrod served his purpose as a seventh starter. although that line with the White Sox doesn’t reflect it. It resulted in a no-decision.16 2012 recap The surprising emergence of Dylan Axelrod was one of the few bright spots in the otherwise miserable 2011 season. Axelrod’s value was even easier to recognize when Pedro Hernandez made a spot start and was beat up for eight runs over four innings. Jake Peavy and Gavin Floyd. holding the O’s to one run on three hits and four walks over 7⅓ innings. Axelrod stepped up and befuddled Baltimore. His three best starts of the season came against what has historically been the toughest division in baseball. you might wonder why he wasn’t getting a turn every five days. and the White Sox lost.0 97. The feel-good story continued into 2012. going 4-3 on the season.47 2. June 28: Axelrod pitched seven innings of two-run ball against the Yankees in the opener of a four-game series in the Bronx. Leyson Septimo’s control lapse opened up the game in the eighth. 5-1. resulting in a September promotion at the end of 2011.0 H 56 81 R 32 34 ER 31 31 HR 8 8 BB 21 31 K 40 92 ERA 5. If you only saw him start on the road against AL East teams. Plucked from the Windy City Thunderbolts of the independent Frontier League in 2009. But he settled down and held them scoreless through the next six innings.
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