This Week in White Sox Minor League Baseball

Brandon Short

This week:

  • The White Sox sent INF/OF Tyler Kuhn to the Diamondbacks for the ubiquitous Cash Considerations. Kuhn sent some hearts aflutter with a .333/388/.446 performance between Birmingham and Charlotte last year. Of course, that was facilitated by a .385 BABIP. This season, with a basically normal BABIP of .311, he batted a rather empty .273/.309/.384. I was dismissive of the Kuhniacs but it will be sad to see them go. I'm sure they'll latch onto another non-prospect soon enough. The smart money is on Brady Shoemaker.
  • OF Brandon Short returned to game action with Winston-Salem. He dislocated his left shoulder, resulting in a torn labrum, early in spring training. It was expected that he would miss the entire minor league season but he's made it back with a month to play. The goal at this point will be to get him plate appearances but, for a guy who has already graduated to Double-A, he'll certainly be looking to at least return to that level before the end of the season.
  • CF Keenyn Walker: .299/.385/.448 and 11 for 13 in stolen bases in 17 games since being promoted to Winston-Salem.
  • Baseball America released its "Best Tools" list for the minors and there weren't any surprises amongst the White Sox selections. In the Carolina League, INF Carlos Sanchez garnered "Best Defensive 2B", while OF Trayce Thompson took "Best Power Prospect". Hard to argue with either of those. INF Tyler Saladino picked up "Best Strike Zone Judgement" for the Southern League, which is also hard to argue since he had a .391 OBP with a .255 batting average while with Birmingham. Non-prospect OF Greg Golson unsurprisingly picked up "Best Outfield Arm" in the International League.
  • Courtney Hawkins was hit by a pitch on Monday and has not played since. No word on the injury.
  • Nestor Molina: 101.2 IP, 138 H, 23 BB, 68 K.
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