Tommy Bowman @ The Winston-Salem Journal:
Manager Joe McEwing said that there was other cause for celebration last night, although Dash fans might not share as much enthusiasm. Three players — closer Kyle Bellamy, shortstop Eduardo Escobar and reliever Chris Sale — all will move up the Chicago White Sox ladder today.
Escobar, who hit .285 and scored a team-leading 57th run last night, and Bellamy, who improved to 5-0 with a 1.52 earned-run average with a victory in relief last night, have been reassigned to Class AA Birmingham. Sale, a first-round pick in last month’s major-league draft, is being bumped up to Class AAA Charlotte.
“This is the fun part of the job,” McEwing said. “To see the kids get closer to their dream is pretty rewarding.”
UPDATE: Sale’s reaction:
“I was stunned at first,” said Sale, who gave up two runs, one earned, in his one inning of work.” They said, ‘You did fine and got yourself out of a jam.’ Then they said, ‘You’re going to Triple A. Congratulations.’ It was like, ‘Wow.’ ”
Doyle has 47 K to 13 BB in 63.2 IP.
Dennis Clark @ The Tribune-Star:
Josh Phegley is finally back doing what he wants to do … playing baseball.
Phegley will conclude a five-day “rehabilitation assignment” with the Bristol White Sox tonight, and is scheduled to make his return to the Winston-Salem Dash — the team he started with this season in the Chicago White Sox organization — on Sunday.
… Phegley wished to extend a thank you to all the people who showed support — whether by phone, e-mail, text or prayers — to him, his parents and grandparents.
“I’m finally getting back to normal. I want to play the rest of the season for all those people.”
This is an awesome awesome article. It’s so good to see Phegley recovering so nicely.
Sale will begin at Class A Winston-Salem, where he will work out of the bullpen under the watchful eye of pitching coach Bobby Thigpen, quite possibly the greatest reliever in White Sox history. If Sale proves himself capable of handling the role, he will get promoted up the system’s ladder. The ultimate target is working behind Matt Thornton as another left-handed relief option, with general manager Ken Williams speaking highly of Sale’s polish and talent.
“He’s a left-handed pitcher with a plus arm and a power changeup,” Williams said. “Mark Buehrle has what we call, we grade on a 20 to 80 scale, and Buehrle has a 65 or 70 changeup when he throws good and so does John Danks. This guy starts his career with a 70 changeup, and sometimes plus. Right-handers are going to have to take notice of that. When he gets on top, he comes from a little different arm slot, so he’s going to have to work to stay on top of his breaking ball, and when he does, it’s a darn good, plus Major League pitch. What you worry about with young players is command. Well, he walked 14 guys in 100-plus innings and showed us that command to both sides of the plate. What you are developing in the Minor Leagues is that touch and feel for your fastball location and your secondary pitches and if he shows that he’s capable of doing that, certainly not on a starting basis, but if you look to him to begin his career as a reliever and then graduate into that starting role, as he gets more experience and a little more weight and strength.
“You can start to look at the rotation possibilities,” Williams said. ” But early on, if he can handle the relief role and show he’s ready, then you can look to put him into the equation sooner rather than later.” …
BTW, Sale signed his $1.6 million contract today.
UPDATE: Chris Sale is on the Winstom-Salem roster.
When Chris Sale started to slide in the first round of the draft because of signability, it was a surprise that the thrifty White Sox were the team that selected him. Now comes a bigger surprise: the first- or second-rated college pitcher on most draft boards has agreed to terms for a bonus equal to MLB’s bonus recommendation for his No. 13 slot a year ago: $1.656 million.
Sale will take a physical on Monday and likely will sign his deal on Tuesday. He’s the highest-drafted player to agree to terms so far this summer. … While Sale will get less money than anticipated, the White Sox will give him every opportunity to crash their big league bullpen, perhaps as early as August. He’ll initially report to high Class A Winston-Salem, with an anticipated promotion to Triple-A Charlotte in mid-July. After spending this summer as a reliever, he’ll work in the Arizona Fall League as a starter and get the opportunity to make Chicago’s rotation in spring training next year.
Here’s video (mlb.com), a scouting report (mlb.com), another scouting report (baseballdailydigest.com), and his college stats:
More Chris Sale coverage here: reports from Kevin Goldstein, Jim Callis, John Sickels.
Also, What made Chris Sale adopt a three quarter delivery when pitching?
As for the perceived discount the Sox might have received by agreeing to terms less than two weeks after the draft, Sale has a chance to more than make up any difference with a major league promotion that would start his service time clock.
In addition, that also would include a placement on the 40-man roster with a chance to make the major league team out of spring training in 2011.
Eddy @ BA:
As teams near the 50-game line, we begin to see the true best and worst emerge. One-third of the schedule has elapsed, and if Winston-Salem continues at this pace they’ll win about 97 regular season games.
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The Barons aren’t doing so well…
22-year old LHP Justin Edwards to AA and 24-year old RHP Terry Doyle to A+.
UPDATE: FutureSox breaks-down all the moves. Ryan Buch, and Juan Silverio were demoted to extended spring training.