Courtney Hawkins (Jonathan McCoy/Virginia Intermont College)
- There were a couple major promotions. First, OF Courtney Hawkins was promoted to Kannapolis. He was holding his own at Bristol - .272/.314/.401 - particularly for an 18 year old. But when the league average is .255/.330/.386, that added context doesn't suggest that it's time for a promotion for many teams other than the White Sox. He would have started 2013 with Kannapolis so I guess this just gives him a month head start.
- The other promotion was a bit more obvious: CF Trayce Thompson will spend the last month with Birmingham. While he was still striking out 28% of the time, he was terrorizing Carolina League pitchers with his power when he did make contact. Double-A will be an interesting challenge for him as Birmingham's home park is not friendly for home run hitters - though given that Thompson's power is of the moonshot variety, it may not affect him as much.
- INF Tyler Saladino found himself headed in the other direction with his demotion back from Charlotte. I found the promotion to Triple-A odd given that he wasn't particularly impressive in his first go-around at Birmingham and I just assumed the White Sox were thinking he might be infield depth this year. After a 15 game audition with the Knights produced just a .224/.296/.265 line, that notion has been disabused.