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June 25, 2009

Justin Cassel demoted to Birmingham; Lucas Harrell promoted to Charlotte

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.


June 24, 2009

Sox sign RHP Paul Burnside (39th round) and RHP Brandon Kloess (Indy)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 24, 2009 10:44 pm
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Montgomery Advertiser:

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.

Burnside: 2006-2009
Kloess 2004-2008, 2009

Dan Black scouting report

Filed under: Chicago White Sox,MiLB — The Wizard @ June 24, 2009 2:41 pm
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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


White Sox 2009 draft selections

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 24, 2009 2:40 pm
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baseball-reference has all the selections:


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