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August 3, 2010

14th round pick C Michael Blanke is off to a great start in Great Falls

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 3, 2010 3:48 pm
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A hitting catcher? FutureSox:

Blanke had a strong pedigree coming from the D2 power University of Tampa so the 14th rounder’s sparkling start for Great Falls shouldn’t come as a major surprise. His July slash line (.341/.404/.647) shows his power, but he’s also able to avoid the strikeout. On the year he has just 15 strikeouts in 134 plate appearances. The 21 year-old is hitting .341 with a .984 OPS overall. It’s just rookie ball and Blanke’s defense needs to improve, but it’s always nice to have a strong batting catcher.

Michael Blanke’s stats: .341/.391/.593/.984 with 10 BB and 15 K in 123 AB (Minor League Splits)

Also off to a great start in Great Falls: 5th round pick 1B Andy Wilwins: .341/.431/.560/.992 with 16 BB and 12 K in 91 AB (Minor League Splits)

June 12, 2010

White Sox sign 3 draft picks: C Mike Blanke, 1B/DH Mike Schwartz and RHP Austin Evans

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 12, 2010 6:03 pm
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St. Pete Times:

Tampa trio signs: Three players drafted out of the University of Tampa signed with the White Sox: C Mike Blanke (14th round), 1B/DH Mike Schwartz (17th) and RHP Austin Evans (23rd), a former Chamberlain High standout.

Mike Blanke’s stats:

Year
avg gp-gs ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi tb slg% bb hbp so gdp ob% sf sh sb-att
po a e fld%
2010 .377 56-54 199 51 75 18 3 9 65 126 .653 20 6 23 10 .435 7 1 0-1 326 49 7 .982
2009 .174 13-5 23 2 4 1 0 0 4 5 .217 2 2 5 0 .296 0 0 0-0 4 2 1 .857

FS:

Solid bat, defense needs work

Mike Schwartz’s stats:

Player avg gp-gs ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi tb slg% bb hbp so gdp ob% sf sh sb-att po a e fld%
2010 .415 57-57 183 78 76 20 1 11 55 131 .716 75 11 20 5 .596 3 0 2-2 30 1 0 1.000
2009 .368 55-54 190 52 70 12 0 14 58 124 .653 27 16 30 8 .477 4 0 1-1 0 0 0 .000

CSN:

The Sox went back to Tampa to grab the Sunshine Conference Player of the Year. Schwartz was also a semifinalist for the Tino Martinez award, presented annually to the nation’s top Division-II player. He hit .415 and set a school record while leading the nation with 75 walks. So it only goes to figure he had an impressive OBP [.596]. Schwartz finished with 11 homers and 55 RBIs.

Austin Evans’ stats:

Year era w-l app-gs cg sho sv ip h r er bb so 2b 3b hr ab b/avg wp hbp bk sfa sha
2010 5.40 0-0 10-0 0 0/0 0 11.2 18 7 7 8 14 0 0 0 53 .340 1 2 0 0 0
2009 6.06 2-1 12-0 0 0/1 2 16.1 15 11 11 15 19 1 1 1 64 .234 2 4 0 0 0
2008 6.75 0-0 7-0 0 0/0 0 9.1 6 7 7 6 5 0 0 1 31 .194 3 2 0 1 0

FS:

He was a big prospect out of high school, but has struggled in college.
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