Floyd optioned

[whitesox.com]

The Chicago White Sox optioned right-handed pitcher Gavin Floyd to Class AAA Charlotte on Monday. Floyd, 24, was recalled from Charlotte last Friday and made his White Sox debut that night, starting the second of two games vs. Minnesota. He took the loss, allowing six runs on eight hits over 5.2 IP. ... The White Sox will make a corresponding roster move prior to Thursday's game at Baltimore.

Yesterday, in MiLB.com's article on the Southern League All-Star game, in the section about Gio it says that that "Gonzalez was not scheduled to pitch Monday night per Chicago's request." Is Gio coming up?

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Don't miss Jim's latest installment of the AL Central Trail: The AL Central Trail: End of First Half. In other news:

  • Ichiro seems likely to stay at Seattle.
  • mlbtraderumors.com doesn't see A-Rod coming to the Sox.
  • And Baseball Prospectus has a free preview of its entire site until July 15. I think you have to register.
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Update [2007-7-10 14:30:12 by The Cheat]: Because I didn't want to start another post, here are two more independent DLS reports; the first from Baseball Analysts who take a look at some "sleeper" prospects

It is very likely that you have never heard of Fautino de los Santos. And don't go running to your Baseball America 2007 Prospect Handbook because he was not one of the 900 minor league prospects profiled before the season began. The promising Dominican right-hander spent all of 2006 in the Dominican Summer League but impressed the White Sox enough that they challenged him with an assignment to a full-season club to begin his first season in North America. In 2006, de los Santos posted a 1.86 ERA in 48.1 innings and he struck out 61 while walking only 10. So far this season in Kannapolis, he has maintained his dominance by holding batters to a .160 average. Hapless hitters have managed only 44 hits in 80.2 innings. De los Santos' command is not as good this year, with 32 walks, but he has off-set that with 98 strikeouts. One negative is that he has allowed more flyball outs than groundball outs (GO/AO of 0.92), but I might be starting to nitpick. Regardless, this prospect - who features a mid-90s fastball, slider, and change-up combination - is deserving of a promotion.
The second from Phil Rogers
Fautino De Los Santos, the White Sox's kid right-hander, can really throw the ball. Listed at 21, this is his first year in North America, as he spent 2006 with the Sox's generally unproductive entry in the Dominican Summer League. He earned a spot on the low-A Kannapolis roster in spring training and joined the Intimidators' rotation before April ended. He shows no signs of looking back. He has a 2.90 ERA and 98 strikeouts in 80 2/3 innings, and those numbers are no fluke.

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There's an excellent chance this guy will be pitching in Double-A in 2008 and might get to the big leagues by '09, if not even late '08, perhaps as a Joel Zumaya-style reliever.

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