- As we approach the last full month of minor league action, promotions are routine for those who have distinguished themselves so far this season and some of the deserving got theirs last week. The undeserving got theirs this week. Let's start with the headliner: CF Jared Mitchell. He started the season spectacularly, cooled off in May and then fell of a cliff in June. His production increased in July, mostly due to a power surge, but the line was ugly - .169/.321/.462 - because he struck out in a rather astounding 42% of his 82 plate appearances. But the always aggressive White Sox apparently disregarded the production and thought he looked good enough to get promoted to Charlotte. Good luck with that, Jared.
- The other notable promotions were for a pair of catchers. Miguel Gonzalez went to Birmingham to make room at Winston-Salem for Kevan Smith. Considering Smith is 24 years old, it was absolutely necessary for him to start climbing the ladder. Without knowing his age, Smith's .280/.342/.419 line for Kannapolis would look pretty good for a catcher. And he played pretty good defense, too. But we do know his age. And so that's unremarkable production. He's still old for High-A but there's nothing he can do about that other than keep hitting.