This Week in White Sox Minor League Baseball

Brian Omogrosso

This week:

  • The big story, of course, was the promotion of Gordon Beckham to Charlotte. After hitting .303/.363/.503 in 37 games for Birmingham, he didn't have a great deal left to prove with his bat. The move to AAA, however, permits the White Sox to get him time at third without having to move Dayan Viciedo to another position. Josh Fields should be looking over his shoulder.
  • A guy on the Barons who hasn't received a lot of attention because of all the talent on that roster is Brian Omogrosso. He was a reliever in college and, in the past, has stated a preference for that role. Likely at least in part because of repetitions missed due to injuries, the Sox have him starting for Birmingham and he's pitched well enough: 59 IP, 47 hits, 30 BB and 51 K with a 1.11 GO/FO rate. Long-term, he's probably bullpen material considering his mid-90s fastball and less than complete secondary stuff.
  • Tyler Flowers: .256/.436/.451.
  • Brent Morel, last year's third round pick, missed the week with a hamstring injury.
  • Justin Greene doesn't get a lot of attention because Sox fans no longer need to scour the system for a centerfield prospect. He's a bit old for Kannapolis but he's a plus defender, has good speed, and is showing some surprising power so far this year. He'll need to prove himself at the higher levels - he's likely headed to the Dash next month - but his .300/.385/.500 gives some hope that the Sox got something in the 20th round last year. He has that hard-nosed style that the Sox like, as well, evident in his ejection on Thursday after plowing over the catcher.
  • Brandon Allen: .296/.368/.484.
  • Jon Link, the closer for Charlotte, was one of the lone bright spots for the Knights prior to the ascension of the savior into AAA. Although he hasn't had many save opportunities, in 21.1 IP he's given up 14 hits, walked 9 and struck out 28. I'd expect to see him in the majors sometime this season. Looks like Kenny got a nice return from the Padres for Rob Mackowiak.
  • Jose Contreras made a couple starts this week: 11.2 IP, 12 hits, 4 BB and 14 K. It's rumored that he'll be called up to pitch in the June 8 doubleheader against the Tigers.
  • Sox Machine interviewed Barons broadcaster Curt Bloom. Discusses all the top prospects.
  • Daniel Hudson hasn't found High A quite so easy. In a couple starts this week, 9 IP, 12 hits, 7 BB and 8 K. He's kept the strikeout rate high since his promotion but his walk rate has ballooned, which suggests that more advanced hitters are laying off his slider down and out of the zone.
  • A question was asked on last week's post regarding MiLB.tv. It is pretty much AAA teams with no Birmingham games. However, you can expect that more of the top prospects will be joining Beckham in Charlotte soon so it may be worth the investment for those interested.
  • Jordan Danks is making people stop wondering where the power is: .347/.440/.472 since his promotion.

As always, check the White Sox Minor League Update Fanpost on the right sidebar for daily updates and commentary. Additionally, I twitter White Sox minor league news so, if you're interested in that or my other random baseball thoughts, follow me: http://twitter.com/SouthSidelarry.

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