Ryan Buch has maybe the most powerful arm in the ‘pen. He hit 96 on the stadium gun but struggled with his control, walking two and punching two out. His stay in Kannapolis will be dictated by his K/BB ratio…
April 5, 2010
– Erik looks at various 2010 AL Central forecasts.
– Jim looks where recent ex-Sox players are.
– Joe Cowley says the Sox need as fast start to put some quarters in Kenny’s pocket.
April 2, 2010
October 2, 2009
Kannapolis, the Sox Low-A affiliate, put up a chubby 5.12 ERA in 2007. In 2008, it dropped more than a full point to 4.08. And here in 2009, it dropped 80 more points to 3.24, 2nd best in the South Atlantic League by just .01. They were also 2nd in strikeouts, 2nd in WHIP, and led the league with 15 shutouts. Not surprisingly they finished the season at 82-57, best record in the 16-team league, despite being below the median in most offensive categories. And the pitching staff that achieved this was filled mostly with players drafted or signed since the 2008 June draft, not much more than a year ago. …
8. Jared Mitchell, of, Kannapolis (White Sox)
September 20, 2009
From the Top SAL Catchers list:
5. Josh Phegley, White Sox – The 38th overall selection in the 2009 draft, Phegley’s ability to handle a pitching staff, throwing arm, and propensity for driving the ball hard to the opposite field really impressed me. With his poor defensive reputation, I watched him from a number of different angles and saw nothing which would lead me to believe he could not be a serviceable big league backstop. He’s not Jackson Williams behind the plate, but he certainly is not Jesus Montero either.
August 30, 2009
Chances are you have never heard of Joe Serafin, a pitcher in the minors with the Kannapolis Intimidators, the low-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox. But if Serafin ever makes it to the majors, his story has all of the makings of a Hollywood movie. Everyone always makes a big deal out of Mike Piazza being a 62nd-round draft pick. Today, the draft does not last that long; still the odds of someone making the majors after the first 10 rounds are slim. The White Sox picked Serafin on the 37th round this past June, the 1,123rd player taken overall. …
August 28, 2009
The minor league season is winding down, but Wagner will at least get a taste of full-season Class A ball in the South Atlantic League. Kannapolis, which is rolling and looks like a lock to qualify for the SAL playoffs, is on the road the rest of this month and finishes the regular season at home from Sept. 1-7. Wagner, 21, is a left-handed swinging second baseman who was batting .258 with one homer, 10 doubles, 11 steals and 26 RBIs in 56 games at rookie-level Bristol. He’s impressed some people and has been told by the White Sox he’ll be part of their instructional league in Arizona this fall.
UPDATE: London has more on Wagner here.
August 23, 2009
Dan Hudson has been the buzz of the White Sox minor leagues since Gordon Beckham earned his promotion to the White Sox. He started the season in Low-A Kannapolis and is currently pitching for the AAA Charlotte Knights. He has pitched in four levels this season, a mostly unheard of feat. So the question this brings up is how does Hudson’s stellar 2009 stack up against previous pitching prospects in the White Sox system that had torrid campaigns? …
August 13, 2009
23. Chicago AL: Jared Mitchell | Outfielder | Louisiana State [$1.2 million]
Mitchell spent a little time on the disabled list after signing but he’s been hitting well since being activated. Mitchell currently has a line of .277/.440/.415 in 65 low-A at-bats. He’s stolen four bases in seven attempts and has a walk rate of 22.6 BB%. Unfortunately, that comes with a strikeout rate of 33.8 K%.
August 12, 2009
After watching Jared Mitchell in action for the first time since joining the White Sox organization, one word comes to mind: Patience. … Mitchell provided far more excitement in the field, as you’ll see in the middle of that compilation. He helped out Nevin Griffith by making a diving catch to a slicing liner in right-center in the second inning, and then made another diving catch in the left-center gap to end the fourth inning. …
Jim also has video of Mitchell, reports on Nevin Griffith, Josh Phegley, Daniel Black, Drew O’Neil, Kenny Williams Jr., and a Photo Gallery from the game.
from FutureSox’s Hot & Cold column:
Hot Hitter: Seth Loman
Over his last 7 games Seth Loman is hitting a robust .407 for the Dash with 3 home runs, 2 doubles and a 1.250 OPS. Between two levels this year Loman is hitting .296 with 18 home runs and a .931 OPS. Loman’s attitude has been questioned in the past and supposedly that is why the Angels let him go but he can really hit. Hopefully we see him in a more age appropriate league next season so we can find out if he’s a legitimate prospect or not.
August 3, 2009
Jared Mitchell Watch: .286/.400/.429 in 13 games for Kannapolis, but with some interesting splits. He’s hitting .323/.432/.516 against right-handers, but just .182/.308/.182 against lefties. Yes, the sample sizes are way too small to mean much at this point, but the platoon differential is worth tracking considering the rawness scouts detected in his game at LSU. He’s drawn eight walks in 50 plate appearances, a strong ratio in line with his college numbers, but has also struck out 14 times, also in line with his college numbers.
July 31, 2009
from BA’s Prospect Hot-sheet:
Team: Double-A Birmingham (Southern)
Why He’s Here: 2-0, 0.00, 14 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 17 K
The Scoop: Hudson started the season in low Class A, but at this rate he could make a case for getting to Triple-A before the season is over. The 2008 fifth-rounder out of Old Dominion is working on a 20-inning scoreless streak and has allowed no earned runs in five of his eight Double-A starts. Hudson’s delivery isn’t the cleanest—he tends to throw across his body, but there is no arguing with the results.
Josh Phegley is mentioned in the ‘Not So Hot Sheet’ section.