This Week in White Sox Minor League Baseball

Cole Armstrong asks his manager whether he'll be the ceremonial third catcher next month. (via Sox Machine)

This week:

  • Daniel Hudson looks like he won't be making the majors this season, which is the correct move.  He certainly does not look out of place in AAA, though: 4 GS, 21 IP, 21 H, 8 BB, 19 K.  You'd be hard-pressed to find a more meteoric single season rise, particularly from a non-highly-touted prospect.
  • Rosters for the Arizona Fall League were announced.  This year, White Sox prospects will be playing for the Peoria Javelinas. The pitchers are uninspiring - Henry Mabee, Jacob RasnerJustin Cassel and Johnnie Lowe.  The position players, however, include two of the system's best, Dayan Viciedo and Jordan Danks, and Hawk's (and larry's) favorite C.J. Retherford.  The AFL begins play on October 13.
  • Danks returned to game action this week and went 5-20 with 5 BB.  In addition to the K rate concerns which never left, the concerns about his power have returned. .249/.347/.358 for Birmingham.
  • Kannapolis roundup: Jared Mitchell: .296/.417/.435; Jon Gilmore: .270/.314/.343 (and finally hitting this month); Josh Phegley: .222/.278/.432; Nevin Griffith: 54.2 IP, 62 H, 23 BB, 29 K; Dan Remenowsky: 57.1 IP, 35 H, 13 BB, 100 K; Charlie Leesman: 149 IP, 150 H, 57 BB, 111 K; Stephen Sauer: 129 IP, 153 H, 19 BB, 112 K, 2.77 GO/AO.
  • On September 1, major league active rosters can expand to any player on the 40-man roster.  While this usually brings to mind teams calling up prospects to make debuts, for the White Sox, the most prominent players will be guys coming off the disabled list: Chris Getz, Dewayne Wise and, most notably, Jake Peavy.  Because the minor league season does not end on September 1, players will trickle in over the next week or so. However, a few others who may make an immediate appearance upon eligibility are Josh Fields, Wes Whisler (Ozzie can't have enough lefties), Carlos Torres and Cole Armstrong.
  • The Charlotte Rehabilitation Group last week: Getz 0-7, BB; Wise 5-10, 2B, 3B, BB; Peavy 5 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 3 K. Peavy gets the start tonight in what will likely be his final rehab appearance.
  • Viciedo: .278/.313/.383. He's cooled off significantly after a very good July.
  • Winston-Salem reliever Nathan Jones received some favorable press this week. Jones has always had nice stuff (especially his mid-90s fastball) but - you guessed it - control was a problem.  This season, though, he's limited the walks while keeping the strikeout rate high, which is the surest way to be successful.  Jones is still a reliever in A ball so there's a long way to go but the progress he's made this season makes him one to watch.
  • Playoff Update: Kannapolis have a 5 game lead with 10 games remaining and look certain to join Birmingham, Winston-Salem and Great Falls as a playoff team.
  • Tyler Flowers: .277/.360/.426 for the Knights; full season blended line of .295/.422/.513.
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