JJ Stankevitz has an interview with T-Flo:
JS: What have your coaches said about your defense?
TF: Chicago’s expressed that they’re real pleased. Obviously, there’s certain things that me and every catcher in Double-A can improve. There’s definitely stuff on my agenda to take note of and try to improve and be more consistent with. They made it very clear that I’m going to be a catcher, and I was definitely pumped to hear that. They weren’t just excited about my bat, but they were excited about me behind the plate too. That was important to me. Working on being consistent with my throwing and footwork. I feel like receiving’s come a long way, blocking balls has come a long way. Calling a game, our pitching coach has helped me out tremendously, especially explaining the staff to me, explaining what their put-away pitch is, going back to their tendencies how to get them to of it. It’s been pretty good.
Tyler’s tearing the cover of the ball to the tune of .292/.439/.532. He’s hitting .354/.453/.684 in June (.479 BABIP for June though).
The 11 players are: Catcher Tyler Flowers, 1B Brandon Allen, 2B C.J. Retherford, 3B Dayan Viciedo, OF Stefan Gartrell, OF David Cook and pitchers John Ely, Fernando Hernandez, Jhonny Nunez, Brian Omogrosso and Lucas Harrell. Barons manager Ever Magallanes will coach the south team.
The Cubs and White Sox will play one more installment of the Crosstown Classic [Thursday] Sept. 3 to make up for the June 16 game that was postponed due to rain.
The Cubs announced today that all tickets for that game will be honored at the gates for the Sept. 3 game, which is scheduled for a 1:20 start. There is no need for fans to exchange tickets.
The game will be broadcast by WGN.
The Barons’ .671 winning percentage (51W-25L) is the best in the minor leagues (h/t Baseball America). The Barons are the Sox AA affiliate.
Beckham is heating up! OBP at .333.
Ramirez was drilled in the helmet from a pitch from reliever Chris Perez in the top of the ninth inning. Ramirez was on the ground for several moments before leaving the game under his own power.
Ramirez said after the game that he was fine and expects to play Tuesday night.
BTW, Dye was grazed in the head, right after Alexei, but didn’t require treatment.
With the non-waiver trading deadline one month away, teams are expected to increase their evaluations and discussions.
And even after White Sox general manager Ken Williams said last week he intends to remain a buyer, it won’t stop other teams, such as San Francisco, from scouting Sox players who can help them for their own playoff runs.
The Giants, who currently lead the National League wild-card race, sent one of their top scouts to Cleveland on Monday night to watch right fielder Jermaine Dye.
UPDATE: The SF Chronicle reports that the Giants scout could be looking at Cleveland’s Victor Martinez.
From Jack’s latest mailbag:
Q: Take Josh Fields for an example. The reason people can get a 90 mph fastball past him is that when he cocks, his right elbow flies up. This is not a difficult fix but yet he continues to do it. The rest of our lineup sans Gordon Beckham (who will be a monster hitter someday) can’t seem to not swing at a pitch out of the zone with a 2-0 count. This is stuff I have taught ten year olds to stop swinging at bad pitches.
A: Bad thing is, the things you talked about are sooo ingrained in a guys actions by the time he’s in the Big Leagues. Guys either have a good eye and patience/ pitch selection or they don’t. …
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according to FutureSox’s John Norris.