Dylan Axelrod, RHP, White Sox (Triple-A Charlotte)
The fact that Axelrod even reached the big leagues is quite an achievement. A 30th-round pick in 2007 by the Padres, Axelrod lasted a year and a half before landing in Indy ball, but all he did was get better. His primary skill is the ability to throw strikes. He pounds the strike zone with an 88-91 mph fastball, has a decent slider, and a somewhat-less-than-decent curve. He has no changeup, but he hits his spots and keeps hitters off balance; while that’s the kind of pitcher who should hit a wall, he just hasn’t yet. With 7 2/3 shutout innings on Sunday, he now has a 1.08 ERA in four starts for the Knights to go with 26 strikeouts and just four walks. He’s already a great scouting find for the White Sox, and has to upgrade that status by becoming a usable arm as a No. 5 starter or middle reliever, which exceeds any expectation ever put on him.
Charlotte Knights Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA Dylan Axelrod (W, 2-1) 7.2 4 0 0 1 6 0 1.08 Deunte Heath (H, 1) 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.08 Brian Bruney (S, 4) 1.0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1.80
WP: Axelrod 2.
Pitches-strikes: Axelrod 97-67, Heath 1-1, Bruney 17-10.
Groundouts-flyouts: Axelrod 10-5, Heath 0-0, Bruney 1-1.
Batters faced: Axelrod 27, Heath 1, Bruney 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Heath 2-0.