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).
GLENDALE, Ariz. — The White Sox have lined up their first three starting pitchers of the spring starting with Carson Fulmer on Saturday afternoon.
The team's 2015 first-round draft pick received the nod as the White Sox open their exhibition schedule against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday at 2:05 p.m. CST.
Jose Quintana pitches Sunday at home against the Colorado Rockies while Lucas Giolito is set to start at the Cubs on Monday. Fulmer — who went 0-2 with an 8.49 ERA in 11 2/3 innings in 2016 — likened the start to pitching against the Dodgers in a night game last spring in front of a sellout crowd at Camelback Ranch.
"I'm definitely honored," Fulmer said. "It's great. I feel like the coaching staff here stresses that in order to be a good player, you have to put yourself in situations that you are uncomfortable with. I'm not saying I'm uncomfortable with it but it was definitely a unique situation where I can go out there and help us win. So, spring training and the season, our goal is to win and I feel like with the coaching staff putting us young guys in that situation, I think it's going to benefit us."
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Fulmer is also excited to face his counterpart Saturday, Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw.
"That's awesome," Fulmer said. "I've been watching him pitch since I was a little kid. I'm definitely pumped to see him out there. It's going to be awesome.
"He's one of the best pitchers in baseball. I mean, he's a pitcher that you look up to and for me, it's going to be awesome. I hopefully can keep the scorecard or something."
The White Sox also announced Friday they have signed 25 players to one-year contracts, including Fulmer. Carlos Rodon's one-year deal for $600,000 is the highest of the bunch.
With the news that the White Sox will retire Mark Buehrle's jersey this summer, we replay Chuck Garfien's 2011 interview with Buehrle who recalls all the big moments of his White Sox career: the perfect game, no-hitter, World Series save, his first and only home run, sliding on the tarp during rain delays and much, much more.
Also, John Buehrle (Mark's dad) joins Chuck and Ryan McGuffey to talk about the jersey retirement and Buehrle's White Sox career. Chuck and Ryan also share their favorite Buehrle stories.
Check out the latest edition of the White Sox Talk Podcast here: