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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
6 1253 .218 .269 .339 .228 0.6
Birth Date4-6-1964
Height6' 2"
Weight187 lbs
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
1986 CHA 22 15 33 31 2 4 0 0 1 7 1 11 1 0 0 1 1 1 .129 .182 .226 .146 -2.7 0.1 -0.3
1987 CHA 23 116 414 391 48 110 18 2 11 165 10 83 9 1 3 50 21 10 .281 .314 .422 .263 16.8 8.2 2.5
1988 CHA 24 73 243 220 18 35 4 2 8 67 10 64 8 2 3 28 6 5 .159 .221 .305 .213 -6.8 0.8 -0.7
1989 DET 25 94 285 258 29 53 5 1 6 78 18 63 5 2 2 23 9 4 .205 .269 .302 .216 -5.0 1.8 -0.3
1990 DET 26 57 88 83 10 11 2 0 0 13 3 24 1 1 0 5 2 2 .133 .170 .157 .145 -6.8 1.4 -0.6
1990 TOR 26 49 81 72 13 14 6 1 0 22 7 18 1 1 0 8 7 2 .194 .272 .306 .222 -3.0 0.1 -0.3
1991 MON 27 34 74 70 11 19 5 2 0 28 3 22 1 0 0 1 2 1 .271 .311 .400 .247 -0.3 0.6 0.0
1991 TOR 27 13 35 29 5 6 2 0 1 11 4 5 1 1 0 3 1 0 .207 .314 .379 .254 2.0 0.0 0.2
Career45112531154136252428273915629027881194925.218.269.339.228-5.713.10.6

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
1983 APP A 124 453 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .323 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1984 APP A 38 167 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .389 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1984 GLF AA 97 339 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .293 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1985 GLF AA 133 585 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .266 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1986 CHA MLB 15 33 .146 .256 .321 .402 .262 .158 100 -3.8 0.9 -0.1 0.1 -0.1 -2.7 -0.3 -2.7 -0.3
1986 BIR AA 68 296 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .384 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1986 BUF AAA 50 201 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .271 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1987 CHA MLB 116 414 .263 .264 .328 .425 .264 .332 98 1.5 12.2 1 8.2 0.3 16.8 2.5 16.8 2.5
1987 HAW AAA 35 146 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .314 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1988 CHA MLB 73 243 .213 .260 .319 .394 .268 .180 97 -10.9 6.4 -0.5 0.8 -1.5 -6.8 -0.7 -6.8 -0.7
1988 VAN AAA 16 66 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .304 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1989 DET MLB 94 285 .216 .261 .322 .384 .264 .246 102 -12 7.4 -0.7 1.8 -1.9 -5.0 -0.3 -5.0 -0.3
1989 TOL AAA 14 57 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .256 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1990 DET MLB 57 88 .145 .267 .326 .405 .267 .183 103 -10 2.4 -0.3 1.4 0.6 -6.8 -0.6 -6.8 -0.6
1990 TOR MLB 49 81 .222 .264 .331 .389 .266 .255 102 -3 2.1 -0.6 0.1 -1.1 -3.0 -0.3 -3.0 -0.3
1991 MON MLB 34 74 .247 .254 .309 .371 .253 .396 96 -0.9 2.0 -0.5 0.6 -2.0 -0.3 0.0 -0.3 0.0
1991 TOR MLB 13 35 .254 .254 .321 .388 .261 .208 101 -0.2 0.9 -0.3 0.0 0.7 2.0 0.2 2.0 0.2
1991 IND AAA 18 55 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .310 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1991 SYR AAA 15 63 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .306 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1992 DEN AAA 36 151 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .354 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
1983 APP A 453 60 96 18 2 12 53 26 148 27 8 .231 .280 .371 .140 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1984 GLF AA 339 35 76 7 5 8 47 21 70 16 7 .246 .301 .379 .133 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1984 APP A 167 23 42 11 2 5 26 15 48 13 5 .286 .358 .490 .204 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1985 GLF AA 585 87 130 16 6 16 66 47 83 27 14 .250 .316 .396 .146 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1986 BIR AA 296 41 90 16 5 6 40 18 48 26 9 .331 .382 .493 .162 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1986 CHA MLB 33 2 4 0 0 1 1 1 11 1 1 .129 .182 .226 .097 .146 -2.7 0.1 -0.3
1986 BUF AAA 201 21 40 4 2 4 15 6 53 5 4 .212 .254 .317 .106 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1987 CHA MLB 414 48 110 18 2 11 50 10 83 21 10 .281 .314 .422 .141 .263 16.8 8.2 2.5
1987 HAW AAA 146 19 36 4 4 3 14 9 27 5 4 .269 .312 .425 .157 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1988 CHA MLB 243 18 35 4 2 8 28 10 64 6 5 .159 .221 .305 .145 .213 -6.8 0.8 -0.7
1988 VAN AAA 66 8 15 2 1 1 7 2 14 2 1 .250 .292 .367 .117 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1989 DET MLB 285 29 53 5 1 6 23 18 63 9 4 .205 .269 .302 .097 .216 -5.0 1.8 -0.3
1989 TOL AAA 57 8 13 2 0 3 8 5 9 2 0 .255 .333 .471 .216 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1990 TOR MLB 81 13 14 6 1 0 8 7 18 7 2 .194 .272 .306 .111 .222 -3.0 0.1 -0.3
1990 DET MLB 88 10 11 2 0 0 5 3 24 2 2 .133 .170 .157 .024 .145 -6.8 1.4 -0.6
1991 SYR AAA 63 14 18 1 0 7 19 6 12 6 2 .333 .403 .741 .407 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1991 IND AAA 55 7 11 3 1 2 7 5 16 1 0 .234 .333 .468 .234 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1991 TOR MLB 35 5 6 2 0 1 3 4 5 1 0 .207 .314 .379 .172 .254 2.0 0.0 0.2
1991 MON MLB 74 11 19 5 2 0 1 3 22 2 1 .271 .311 .400 .129 .247 -0.3 0.6 0.0
1992 DEN AAA 151 16 39 7 0 4 17 15 31 3 8 .291 .371 .433 .142 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2009-03-10 14:30:00 (link to chat)PECOTA has the White Sox finishing last in that division, what do you think? I like the core group of offense and it seems the big question was the same as last year, the last two pitchers in the rotation.
(southsidepride from Chicago)
They're pretty bad up the middle, especially defensively, and their rotation will pay the price for that problem. Throw in the aging of the team's best hitters, and a collapse seems imminent. They could be among the league's worst at three positions.

In their favor is Kenny Williams, who has become an above-average GM, capable of finding league-average starters and capable relievers almost at will. They could use some better drafting, but this won't be a Padres-style rebuild; they could bounce back quickly. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-02-11 14:00:00 (link to chat)Do you hear of any tricks Kenny Williams may have up his sleeve before Opening Day, or is this our White Sox team?
(Clint from Chicago)
He says he's done but I don't think he ever is. I know they like Getz but I could see Orlando Hudson landing here on a small contract. (John Perrotto)
2008-12-23 14:00:00 (link to chat)Any notion what Kenny Williams has in mind for the rest of the off-season? Or should have in mind?
(Mike from Chicago)
I have no real idea what he might be up to--a center fielder might be nice, and so too might be an additional starter on a short-term deal to leave Richard in the fifth slot, but his latest Cuban add-on has promise, and beyond a move to convert Dye into something the team can use for more than just the next year or two, I'm not sure there's much else left that needs doing. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-12-04 13:30:00 (link to chat)As a White Sox fan, I don't know how to take the Vasquez trade: it feels like selling low on him and blowing it up for this year, with the hope that Flowers becomes the next Piazza, but at the same time, Kenny Williams has a history of selling off pitchers at a good time (Freddy Garcia, Faustino de los Santos, etc.)...so really, I'm torn. I guess the real question is, based on the fact that there are only three legitimate starting pitchers wearing black next year, could we see Ozzie boldly try a four man rotation? If there's any manager in baseball bold enough to do it, it's got to be him, right?
(ssteadman from St. Louis, MO)
The White Sox have a fairly extensive track record of finding guys to give them 30 decent starts, so you could argue that Vazquez is replaceable in a way that Tyler Flowers won't ever be. I really like that trade for the White Sox, which is part loving Flowers, part still liking Lillibridge, and part thinking Kenny Williams is a savvy guy.

411 time. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-11-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Steve. Discovered WR a couple weeks ago - ranks with Posnanski on my daily read list (different styles/equally great). Now..what is going on with these head-scratching trades? Is there some "GM brain fart" hot potato going around that, if you're holding it when the trade goes down you look like a fantasy league newbie? Was there something in the water at the GM meetings? I have never seen this many arguably lop-sided trades in such a short period of time.
(jimbeau from Left Coast)
Jimbeau, thanks for the kind words on Wholesome Reading. Anyone compares you with Posnanski they're paying you a great compliment... I don't really know how to judge Kenny Williams at this point (I assume that was the inspiration). At this point he's proven that he shouldn't be underestimated or dismissed out of hand. At the same time, the Swisher deal seems so imbalanced that it's hard to see the hidden upside. I just caught Ken Rosenthal on Charlie Steiner's show saying that it HAD to be a precursor to a bigger deal, but that doesn't seem possible, because there's nothing to spin off from here. It's possible that Williams was clearing payroll for something better, but that doesn't mean that Swisher had to be given away...

I also wonder what the economy is doing to the owners' tolerance for risk and high payrolls. Remember, these guys are way more invested in equities than most of us are. Maybe we're not going to play any violins for someone who just went from being worth a billion dollars to $500 million, but from his POV, his worth dropped by half, plenty scary even if you're not going to be out on the street. (Steven Goldman)
2008-11-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)But there has to be some upside for the Sox on getting Betemit, right? There is at least some logic somewhere in the deal for Kenny Williams, right? Right?
(ChuckR from Addison, IL)
It gives them another option besides Josh Fields, who they don't seem too sold on in any case, but to my mind not a great one. Betamax is not a great defender and is a switch-hitter in name only--do NOT play against lefties. Oh, and he has no plate judgment. That said, he probably has some platoon value at 3B and emergency value at SS. (Steven Goldman)
2008-11-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Steve, there are several reasons Kenny Williams may have traded Nick Swisher that have nothing to do with money/talent. As it's been reported on the Chicago stations, Swisher shut out the coaching staff completely last year, blew off the hitting coach when he tried to help him, and simply withdrew into himself once he was put in a platoon. Additionally, Swisher's locker room clown act was beginning to wear thin (his partner in crime, Toby Hall, has also been shown the door). Just something to keep in mind before blasting Kenny Williams...
(Josh from Chicago)
I wasn't necessarily blasting him, but the trade was uneven, even if his reasons are of the off-field variety. Whatever the issues with Swisher's personality and comportment, he's a guy with value, a four-position guy who has produced in the past and even in a miserable year took a whole bunch of walks and hit with power. Players are traded for all kinds of reasons, even the one you site--that they're too annoying to live with. That still doesn't mean that the team shouldn't get value for them. At first glance it doesn't appear Williams did that. (Steven Goldman)
2008-11-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Swisher a good fit for the Yankees? who would go in center, him or damon? Is gardner/melky, humberto sanchez, mark melancon/david robertson at all reasonable?
(joe from NJ)
The only prospect in that group is Melancon. Well, Sanchez if he's healthy. Swisher is tough to deal for because you want to trade for a .219 hitter, but I'm certain Kenny Williams knows that he's better than that. How you bridge that gap...well, I don't think you do.

The Yankees have really picked the wrong time to be without a center fielder. The FA market is empty, the trade market is shallow and expensive. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-10-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Caleb, do you see any of the teams in the AL Central putting together a run of quality seasons? Who do you like for the division in 2009?
(Rob from Brighton)
I think in 2009 it will be the Twins and Indians battling for the division--Chicago and Detroit are too old. Kansas City is building for a sustained run of success that's still a couple years away. It's tough to predict any one team putting together a big run in the central, though, because it's so competitive--Dombrowski is a quality GM, Kenny Williams has shown the ability to innovate and build a surprise contender, the Twins have their player development powerhouse, and the Shapiro-led Indians are obviously an extremely quality organization, as well. (Caleb Peiffer)
2008-07-30 12:30:00 (link to chat)What is Kenny Williams going to pull out of his, um, hat here? Is Jim Hendry standing pat? Two first place teams in town. Kinda nice.
(Mike from Chicago)
Both teams would like to add an arm in the bullpen but I don't see either team making a big splash. I'd love a Chicago World Series. Great baseball town. Great town, period. (John Perrotto)
2008-06-25 14:00:00 (link to chat)White Sox fans have reason to be encouraged this year, but the 'conventional wisdom' was that they'd have one last run with the current roster and that'd be it before a massive retooling. Do you think the emergence of Danks/Floyd/Quentin/ARamirez bodes well for a continued run of competitiveness?
(ChuckR from Addison, IL)
I think, absolutely, there are different kinds of good years. There's the kind of good year where Paul Konerko is hitting .370 or something, and then there's the kind of good year where you have three or four guys emerge who all of the sudden look like they're going to be a big part of your long-term future. This has been that latter kind of year for the White Sox, and while they still have some pieces they're going to have to exchange, they would also seem to have found the core players that will prevent them from having to suffer through a rebuilding year while doing so.

Then again, 2007 was Kenny Williams' rebuilding year. He just didn't want to tell anybody about it. (Nate Silver)
2008-05-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)I realize that Carlos Quentin probably won't hit like an MVP candidate for the rest of the year, but how much of this is real as I seem to remember as being a pretty decent prospect with the D Backs? Also with Josh Fields continuing to have major issues with strikeouts even in AAA. might it make sense for the sox to try and trade him come the trade deadline and try and resign Crede?
(tommy from chi town)
It's real. Quentin can rake, and only some injury problems have stood in his way. That was an excellent trade by Kenny Williams, one of the best of his tenure. I confess that I thought, initially, that it was the other Sox picking him up, just because it was a nice buy-low play. Williams has developed into a good GM--erratic, but on the whole, good. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-03-18 17:00:00 (link to chat)The miost fascinating question about this season to me is: Who has the guts to sign Bonds? My money's on Kenny Williams? What do you think?
(BeplerP from NYC)
I can't vouch for the moisture content, but that's an intriguing answer as any. Buster Olney suggested the Mets should sign him and that was intriguing. In fact, what is there about adding this kind of offensive productivity to ANY team that isn't intriguing? How about the Yankees sign him and make him a first baseman? How about they sign him and put him in left and move Hideki Matsui to first? We can play this all day and it will still be fun three hours from now. (Jim Baker)
2008-02-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)Christina, I see above Bonds would knock the Cubs off page one? Have you spent much time in Chicago? That will never happen, I think the day after the Sox won the WS the frontpage was talking about the Cubs offseason moves already.
(Gray from Chicago)
Fair point, but the day of, I'm a-betting there wasn't an attack piece questioning Mark Prior's commitment on the front page. Bringing in Barry--and doing what you can to contend, which Kenny Williams is gunning for, given the Swisher deal--would help give the Mike Norths of the world something to rail about endlessly. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-01-15 14:30:00 (link to chat)The White Sox need (more) speed. Jerry Owens made a major leap forward in offensive productivity in 2007. He in fact was one of MLB's top base stealers in total and percentage. Yet, Kenny Williams and the Sox just seem to ignore him and are pooling him with other non starters/players competing for just a roster spot! What in your opinion are Owens' prospects this season, for both fantasy players as will as the Sox? Thanks, Neilmak, Mark Stearns Skokie, Illinois
(neilmak from Skokie, Illinois)
I'm not sure Owens is going to do much more than run fast, honestly. Looking at Kevin Goldstein's Top 11 Prospects for the White Sox, he has Owens on the "Just Missed" list behind a few others who are themselves behind two "One-Star" level prospects. That doesn't strike me as someone who should be fighting for a starting job.

I think if he proves me wrong, you should snag him for his steals, but it's probably not worth the pick until he shows you what he's really capable of. (Marc Normandin)
2008-01-17 14:00:00 (link to chat)Love your column. Could you give me an opinion on how you think Kenny Williams has done as the White Sox GM this past offseason, as well as on a whole for his tenure? And how exactly do you think the somewhat unique status in Chicago's market the Sox have impacts his approach? Since the WS victory, attendance has been markedly different to the point where pre-strike levels have finally been attained. Do they finally have a reliable fan base or will they be desperate for fans once again if they see another poor performance from the club?
(colintj from Chicago)
Thanks colintj, I appreciate the compliment. Overall, I think Kenny Williams has had a decent blend of luck and daring, and perhaps more bad moves than good. Consider the Swisher move--it's a better choice than giving Torii Hunter or Aaron Rowand the money they would have cost. That wasn't part of any master design, but it's going to work out really very nicely for the Sox. While he says some things that are easy to lampoon, and nobody's calling him the best GM, he's also not the worst GM, not by any stretch. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-01-17 14:00:00 (link to chat)Read Day of Battle yet? I thought Army at Dawn was top-notch. Shouldn't Kenny Williams be looking to add something to his starting pitching depth? I know the pickings are slim, and I hold out hope for Danks being useful at the end of the rotation, but I'm not drinking the Gavin Floyd kool-aid.
(ChuckR from Addison, IL)
Yeah, I knocked off Atkinson's latest a few months back. Good stuff, an Atkinson did a good job of treating the mystery of Mark Clark in sufficient depth.

Like you, I think the rotation isn't there to play a plausible dark horse. It's possible that Floyd or Danks deliver, but I just have a hard time believing that all of them will, on top of a comeback by Jose Contreras... it isn't like the Indians and Tigers have anything like the same obvious weaknesses. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-01-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you share Christina's opinion that Swisher to the Sox was a good Kenny Williams move? Seems to me that he somewhat salvaged missing out on free agents, although I don't think it gets them past 3rd place in 2008.
(ChuckR from Addison, IL)
I do. As the Thome deal did, it addresses a significant need, and it doesn't weaken the team in the short term. The White Sox, like the Astros, don't have enough farm system to rebuild, so they might as well focus on the short term.

You are correct, though, that it might not improve them enough to catch one of the big four in 2008. I think this is an underrated team right now, however. (Joe Sheehan)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2008-09-30 16:30:00Twins/White Sox Play-In Game"murraygd13 (MN): Is this the Sox last chance for another title? Konerko, Thome, and Dye all figure to decline next year and the farm system is barren."

This question comes to us from 2005.

In all seriousness, I thought this in 2006. Kenny Williams has done a very good job of building a competitive rotation, helped by Ozzie Guillen's ability to manage it. That seems to me to be why the Sox surprised us this year. If they keep finding credible starters, they can hang around.

I do agree that the offense looks to be worse next year, and I'm not sure how they address that.
(Joe Sheehan)