Third round pick Bryan Morgado
- Jared Mitchell signed for a bonus of $1.2 million, right in line with slot, and was assigned to Kannapolis - where he promptly was placed on the 7-day disabled list. No word at this point on the reason why though it may just be that he's being eased into pro ball and the Intimidators need a roster spot for one of the guys who will be coming off the DL soon. The abbreviated length of the minor league DL is advantageous for such roster machinations.
- Carlos Quentin and Bartolo Colon began their minor league rehab stints. Quentin has hit well, though not with power (.353/.476/.353), but the questions remain whether he can move in the field and on the basepaths and how much playing time his foot can withstand. Colon, after going missing, surfaced in Charlotte on Thursday in time for his start: 5 IP, 2 hits, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 WP. Reports were that he was frequently throwing pitches other than his fastballs. He'll make his next start in Kannapolis on Tuesday as the Knights are also on their All-Star break next week. Quentin, too, will be visiting the low minors, either Kannapolis or Winston-Salem, to continue his rehab.
- You should mark your calendar for 1pm on Sunday as that is when the Futures Game will be on ESPN2. Tyler Flowers (.302/.445/.548) will be playing for the U.S. team and Dayan Viciedo (.263/.300/.355) will be playing for the World Team.
- Flowers, who is now unquestionably the system's top prospect (though not top 50 in baseball, apparently), received a good deal of press attention this week for his improved receiving skills and his bush league attitude (?).
- Dexter Carter is making it border on the scandalous that he's still in A ball. In two starts this week, 15 IP, 12 hits, 2 BB, 23 K.
- Bryan Morgado, drafted by the White Sox in the third round, is perhaps making himself expensive. After a rough collegiate season at Tennessee, in which he was demoted to the bullpen and had all sorts of control problems, he seems to have found his stuff in the Cape Cod League. The lefty "has been sitting in the 92-94 mph range with his fastball and is showing improved command of his power breaking ball and changeup." The results have been excellent: in 10 IP, 5 hits, 2 BB, 21 K.
- Jordan Danks has been in a bit of a slump since his return from the DL last Saturday, with his numbers in AA down to: .293/.371/.435.
- Kevin Goldstein interviewed about White Sox minor leaguers.
- Cole Armstrong apparently is afraid of The Boogeyman, as he's (finally) been hitting the ball well and for power (five of his six homers this season came in his last seven games). The catcher was looking like a prime candidate to be outrighted off the 40 man roster and possibly sent on his way. Now it appears that he at least has a chance of holding off Flowers for the ceremonial September catcher call-up and has put Donny Lucy firmly in the organization's cross-hairs for an unceremonious dumping.
- Tyler Kuhn: .407/.429/.475. If he only had a position.