Brandon Short had a career-high five hits Saturday, extending the Minor Leagues’ longest hitting streak of the season to 26 games, as the Winston-Salem Dash outlasted the Salem Red Sox, 16-13.
Short, a 28th-round pick by the White Sox in 2008, is five games from tying the longest streak in Carolina League history, set by Martinsville’s Orge Pat Cooper in 1948.
Stats: .387/.406/.569/.975 with 3 BB (2.1% BB%) / 23 K (16.1 K%) in 143 PAs/137 ABs. .419 wOBA. .445 BABIP. Age: 21. Level: A+.
Unfortunately the .445 BABIP is completely unsustainable (his OBP at the road is .347 and that’s with a .396 BABIP). And that walk rate is just awful.
The 24 year old CFer for Winston -Salem (A+) is hitting .328/.422/.627/1.049 with 10 BB / 16 K i n 67 AB. .434 wOBA. .396 BABIP.
Collins @ W-S Journal:
As a 21-year-old playing baseball for a living, third baseman Jon Gilmore of the Winston-Salem Dash has more reasons than most for looking forward to work every day. But the biggest reason that Gilmore can’t wait to get to BB&T Ballpark is not so much what he does, as how well he has been doing it. Baseball is a blast when you’re hitting .397, Gilmore’s average going into last night’s home game against the Frederick Keys. He was coming off a four-hit game against the Keys that ran his hitting streak to 14 games and propelled him to third in the Carolina League in batting average behind Eric Hosmer of the Wilmington Blue Rocks (.435) and Oscar Tejada of the Salem Red Sox (.403). “It’s nice when you come to the ballpark and you think you’ve got a good chance of getting a couple of hits,” Gilmore said.
… Gilmore also has benefitted from his relationship with Ben Zobrist of the Tampa Bay Rays, who is married to Gilmore’s sister Julianna. Zobrist played every position but pitcher and catcher last season with the Rays and hit .297 with 27 homers and 91 RBIs.”He’s been a huge help, really,” Gilmore said. “He can help me with my approach. I got to hit with him a few times in the offseason, and I take every piece of advice I can get from him.”
the .484 BABIP holds me back…
Rick Semmler @ WTHI-TV:
Josh Phegley’s baseball career is on hold right now. The Wabash Valley baseball great has been out of action for a week and it looks like he will miss another month.
The former Terre Haute North baseball star is being treated for I-T-P syndrome, it’s a virus that attacks platelets in your body…
This is very serious, but not life threatening for Josh. Right now his body can’t produce the correct amount of platelets and until it can, he can’t play baseball again..
He is on a steroid to try and stabilize the platelets and get his body back to normal…
God, that sounds awful for Josh. Hopefully the treatment works.
BTW, here’s Wikipedia’s ITP entry.
Jon Gilmore is hitting .366/.391/.463/.854. Is this a break out? FutureSox takes a look.
– Happy Opening Day!
– Uncle Phil says Jake Peavy better show better stuff than 91-92 mph fastballs. Ehh, Peavy always was a 91-92 mph fastball pitcher.
– Erik looks at various 2010 AL Central forecasts.
– The White Sox hired Jerry Krause as a minor league scout. Krause has extensive baseball scouting experience. He was a scout for the Sox in the 70s and 80s.
– White Sox Opening Day payroll: $105,530,000 million. All MLB player salaries.
– Jim looks where recent ex-Sox players are.
– FutureSox: Kannapolis Intimidators season preview. Futuresox: Winston-Salem Dash season preview. al.com: Birmingham Barons season preview.
– Joe Cowley says the Sox need as fast start to put some quarters in Kenny’s pocket.
Kannapolis Intimidators’ (Class A) roster. Winston-Salem Dash’s (A+) roster. Birmingham Barons’ (AA) roster. Charlotte Knights’ (AAA) roster.
from today’s prospect hot sheet:
Nathan Jones, rhp, White Sox: Some scouts have been high on Jones since he signed with the White Sox in 2007 as a fifth-round pick from Northern Kentucky. Jones, 23, has a mid-90s fastball that touches 98 mph, but coming into the year he had problems finding the strike zone, as he posted a 6.83 ERA last year split between the starting rotation and the bullpen with low Class A Kannapolis. Now in the bullpen at high Class A Winston-Salem, Jones still has that overpowering fastball, only this year he’s found the strike zone. In 27 appearances with Winston-Salem, Jones has averaged 8.3 strikeouts and 2.7 walks per nine innings andd has a 3.53 ERA.
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.
23-year old Justin Greene was promoted to the Winston-Salem Dash (A+) from the Kannapolis Intimidators (A). Greene was hitting .303/.394/.444/.838 with 66 K’s and 30 BB’s. 23-year old Tyson Corley was promoted to Winston-Salem from Kannapolis too. Corley has a 0.95 ERA (1.105 WHIP) with 38 K’s and 9 BB’s in 38.0 innings.
To make room for Greene and Corley, Winston-Salem placed Levi Maxwell on the DL and demoted Kyle Shelton to Kannapolis.
UPDATE: Greene’s trying to improve on hitting off-speed pitches.