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.
From Beckham’s FutureSox interview:
Why do you have Your Love by The Outfield play when you come to bat?
Great question. Your love by the Outfield is my favorite song. I like to have a song that lights me up inside. I like a song that gets me excited and ready, but keeps me relaxed at the same time. I chose that song when I was a freshman in college and used it for three years. That song has kind of attached itself to me and the University of Georgia. I get messages late at night from friends who hear it in the bar and call me just to tell me it’s on. I’ve walked into places in Athens where they would see me and then play the song. And the girls enjoyed it too. They would actually finish the verse when it would cut off when I stepped into the box. Best of both worlds I guess.
Here’s Beckham’s song (Youtube)
video embedded after the jump
Flowers and Viciedo were chosen to participate in the 11th annual XM All-Star Futures Game.
The 11th annual XM All-Star Futures Game, pitting the best Minor League prospects from the United States against the best from the rest of the World, will be held at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on All-Star Sunday, July 12, at 1 p.m. CT. MLB.com will provide complete coverage before, during and after the game, which can be seen live on ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD and followed live on Gameday.
Flowers, a catcher, will be part of the United States team. Viciedo, a third baseman who came over from Cuba, will be part of the World team.
Mark Gonzales adds that Birmingham Barons’ manager Ever Magallanes will be one of the coaches for the World team.
FutureSox has more.
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
Don’t blame me says Greg:
“Did he have a career year in 2008? Probably. But maybe he lost confidence early in this season and was trying to do too much. His focus was not as good, at times. He’s looked bad at times, and he’s not getting the consistency he had. But he’s still giving us a lot of production.”
Walker must ask someone knowledgeable about this hitting thing.
Let’s see what he had to say about guys in the White Sox system:
Dexter Carter, RHP, White Sox
22 years old, 3-2, 3.35 with a 94/20 K/BB in 78 innings for Class A Kannapolis, 75 hits allowed. Love the K/IP ratio. Drafted in the 13th round out of Old Dominion last year, he has good stuff but had severe control problems in college. Has turned that around as a pro, much more effective against the wooden bat. K/IP makes this look like a good call so far.
Dan Hudson, RHP, White Sox
22 years old, has pitched at three levels already this year, promoted to Double-A late last week. Is a combined 6-5, 2.43 with an 87/17 K/BB in 74 innings, just 49 hits allowed. Excellent component ratios, which he had last year in college also despite a disappointing season overall for Old Dominion. Keep a really close eye on this one.
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