from the Prospects of August:
Escobar showed no signs of life until suddenly something seems to have clicked. On the season the 20 year-old Venezuelan is still only hitting .262, but he is a great defensive shortstop so his glove will probably be what carries him through the system. …
from the AA FIP leaderboard:
3.52- John Ely | RHP | Chicago AL
Ely has had a very consistent, albeit not-so-flashy, season. The right-hander has average stuff so he allows a fair number of hits, but he limits the walks and does a good job of keeping the ball in the park. Ely is also durable, which could make him a solid No. 3 or 4 starter in the Majors.
Here’s FutureSox’s Midseason Top 25 Sox Prospects list. I’d put Viciedo lower and, of course, my guy Jack Egbert higher.
Dayan Viciedo is improving:
Viciedo’s numbers still aren’t impressive on the whole, but he’s making every necessary improvement right now. Last month, it was all about the quality of his contact. This time around, it’s his walks and strikeouts. Check it out:
* April: 2 BB, 19 K
* May: 3 BB, 23 K
* June: 9 BB, 11 K
He also topped .400 in slugging for the first time in a month (.426), along with his career high in OBP (.342). He’s still committing plenty of errors, but the Sox paid him to hit, and he’s following the correct curve right now.
BTW, Jhonny Nunez was promoted to Charlotte.
The 11 players are: Catcher Tyler Flowers, 1B Brandon Allen, 2B C.J. Retherford, 3B Dayan Viciedo, OF Stefan Gartrell, OF David Cook and pitchers John Ely, Fernando Hernandez, Jhonny Nunez, Brian Omogrosso and Lucas Harrell. Barons manager Ever Magallanes will coach the south team.