FutureSox with the news:
After struggling in most of his starts in Charlotte this season, including last night, Justin Cassel was demoted to Birmingham. Cassel went 3-8 with a 5.26 ERA in 12 starts. Lucas Harrell was promoted to Charlotte in his place.
Another FutureSox scoop: 4th Round Pick RHP Matthew Heidenreich is expected to sign in the coming days and will forgo his UC Riverside committ.
Speaking of Birbingham, the Barons have the 2nd best winning percentage in the MiLB.
Two Montgomery natives have signed with the Chicago White Sox, who assigned them to their Rookie-level team in Montana.
Jeff Davis High’s Paul Burnside and St. James graduate Brandon Kloess are both on the pitching staff of the Great Falls Voyagers.
Burnside was Chicago’s 39th-round draft pick this month out of Auburn University. Kloess was with the independent Windy City Thunderbolts after playing at Florida Atlantic from 2004-08.
Kloess 2004-2008, 2009
FutureSox has the scoop:
When doing my research on Black I found it very hard to find any negatives about him, and believe me I tried. His numbers are fantastic, he was a career .313 hitter at Purdue with lots of power and a phenomenal ability to get on base with him tying a Big 10 record for walks in a season with 62 this year. Then I started delving into the scouting reports expecting to find lots of negatives on his bat speed but nothing, all the reports I read indicated the same things as the numbers, plus raw power, a great ability to get on base and also a very strong arm. So this is where Black really started puzzling me as the reports and numbers don’t match the 14th round draft grade, so I sent some E-mails out to people in the industry to try and dig up anything and thus far the only negative report I’ve received was from Baseball America’s John Manuel (via Aaron Fitt, thanks for that!) with him saying “The feeling is that he doesn’t have a position. No scouts loved him and I didn’t put him high on the Indiana list. I just don’t think teams believe in him much and my guess is he put out a higher number than teams were willing to go for.”
Complete stats: 2009, 2008, 2007