- We're reaching the end of the minor league season. Bristol will finish their season on Tuesday. The regular seasons for the full season affiliates wrap up on Labor Day. And Great Falls' regular season concludes on September 6th. Three affiliates, though, will keep going as they have qualified for the playoffs: Charlotte, Winston-Salem and Great Falls.
- Carlos Sanchez hasn't enjoyed his promotion to Charlotte quite as much as his time in Birmingham - .250/.250/.333 so far in three games - but that's not really a surprise for a 20 year old. He confirmed in this interview that the plan is for him to play in the Arizona Fall League.
- Trayce Thompson's recent promotion to Birmingham makes him eligible to play in the AFL, as well. Like Sanchez before him, he's enjoying being a Baron. In 50 plate appearances, he's batting .333/.440/.619 with a still high but somewhat palatable for him strikeout rate of 26%. His fast start in Double-A is a continuation of an offensive turnaround the 2009 second round pick began in June. So long as he continues bludgeoning pitches well over the outfield walls, he can distinguish himself from the less powerful centerfield prospects who preceded him (Jordan Danks and Jared Mitchell) as a legitimate prospect despite a high strikeout rate.