Brent Morel via Sox Machine
The White Sox called up 3B Brent Morel for the series in Boston. While the promotion is certainly deserved, it is an indication that the hand injury to Gordon Beckham may be worse than originally thought, as Morel was not expected to join the White Sox until after the completion of Charlotte's season next week. Beckham stated that he hoped to be back for the start of the series against the Red Sox on Friday but he still could not grip a bat on Wednesday.
At a minimum, Morel provides defensive cover, as he plays a very good defensive 3B and has played SS for the Knights this season, as well. Between Birmingham and Charlotte this season, he's put up a very impressive .322/.359/.480. Morel is not the prototypical power-hitting 3B. His power is gap power, instead of home run power, and he'll live and die at the plate on his contact skills as his approach does not elicit many walks.