- Promotions have begun in earnest. RHP Gregory Infante and INF Drew Garcia are now with Charlotte. RHP Terry Doyle, RHP Charlie Shirek and LHP Hector Santiago are now with Birmingham. RHP Ryan Buch is now with Winston-Salem. Long-time minor league outfielder (and twice a drug cheat) Miguel Negron's quest to be the left-handed version of Sergio Santos ended with his release. And the White Sox sold RHP Brandon Hynick to the Reds (he was acquired in the Jose Contreras trade).
Dayan Viciedo: .309/.356/.488.
- In case you've been under a rock, there was some very solid minor league material on the front page. First, Jim and U-God interviewed Director of Player Development Buddy Bell. Players discussed included Viciedo, Andre Rienzo, Jordan Danks and Tyler Flowers, as well as discussion of Latin American operations, coaching philosophy and Bell's current athletic prowess. Read it.
- thatshortkid visited Birmingham last week and took in a Barons game. Plenty of photos provided.
Brandon Short: .287/.332/.462.
- Danks is repaying the shred of confidence I maintained in him this past offseason (Flowers still owes me). After not showing it for almost two years, Danks is again flashing his elusive power. While he is playing in a hitters' park in Charlotte, he was hitting in that same park last season and couldn't crack .400 SLG. He's still having contact issues - but the strikeouts have fallen off dramatically in May and his strikeout rate is now below 30% on the season. (Read the Bell interview for the White Sox' theory about the reasons for all of this.) The absolute best case scenario for his offense has been something in the mold of Curtis Granderson. And for anything approaching that to come to fruition, he needed to get the strikeout rate down to something below 25% and hit for the power that scouts have projected from him for going on eight years. With his .262/.349/.546, it's so far, so good.
Programming note: This column will be off next week.