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June 23, 2010
|788||26||Rath, Kevin||Cal State – Fullerton||LHP||L/L||6’05″||220||1989-08-18||JR|
|458||15||O’Connell, Sean||Chatsworth HS (CA)||C||L/R||6’04″||190||1991-12-12||HS|
In 2009 O’Connell batted .442/.561/.512 in 43 at-bats. In 2008 he batted a team-high .429 with two home runs and 16 RBIs, he was second on the team in hits with 36, and led the team with 11 walks.
Not a lot of information on O’Connell.
Oral Roberts University shortstop and former Palomar all-state and All-American selection Tyler Saladino, the Chicago White Sox’ seventh-round pick in the 2010 draft, signed with the Sox on Monday.
Saladino the 2010 Summit League Player of the Year as an Oral Roberts junior, has been assigned to the White Sox’ Bristol farm club of the Rookie Classification Appalachian League.
The White Sox system desperately needed a good middle infield prospect or two as the offensively deficient Eduardo Escobar currently ranks as the teams top SS prospect. Tyler Saladino has the potential to become a starting shortstop at the Major League level with a plus glove and an average to above above average bat. In order to reach his potential Tyler will need to start putting the ball into play more consistently, but even if he can’t do this, his defensive ability could be enough to carry him to the Major Leagues as a utility infielder.
Austin Peay State University baseball pitcher Stephen Huff has signed a minor league contract with the Chicago White Sox over the weekend, Govs head coach Gary McClure announced, Monday.Huff, a Nashville native, posted a 6-5 record and 6.93 ERA during his senior campaign, finishing with 74 strikeouts in 75.1 innings. It was his best strikeout ratio (8.84 per nine innings) during his career and only five shy of his career best strikeout total set during his sophomore year (79). During his four year career, he started 40 games – eighth most in school history – and recorded 13 career victories. Huff was only the fifth Austin Peay pitcher to record 200 career strikeouts and finished his career with 213 strikeouts, fifth-most in program history.
Huff is scheduled to join the Great Falls (Mont.) Voyagers, the White Sox’ Rookie level team in the Pioneer League.
Stephen Huff’s Career Statistics
University of Alabama junior second baseman Ross Wilson signed a contract with the Chicago White Sox on Saturday, meaning the Hoover native will forego his senior season for the Tide.
Wilson was assigned to Great Falls.
That didn’t stop him impressing as a freshman though, as Wilson hit .295/.355/.543, displaying great power by knocking out 15 home runs and 11 doubles in 258 AB’s. His power took a slight dip as a sophomore, but his overall line improved to .353/.454/.567 with his K% dropping from 16.3% to 14.5%. He took the summer off after breaking down physically late in the season. Wilson’s production as a junior took a massive drop-off and he suffered a hairline fracture in his wrist just to make things worse. He finished with a line of .269/.388/.426, suffering a further dip in his power output and seeing his K% rise to 19.3%. His park/schedule adjusted line does make for much better reading though at .301/.422/.481.
“No. We are in third place,” Williams said. “You know how I feel about that. I’ll be happier when we get to first place, somewhat happier.”
“I’m certainly more encouraged than the last time we all spoke and got together here,” Williams said. “But this is still a work in progress. Fortunately we are on the upswing right now and I just hope we can continue with the momentum we built up, get excitement back into the city and the stands and get our fans on board with the way we feel about ourselves, and take it from there.”