White Sox Minor League Update: July 6-12

Matt Davidson - Buren Foster / Charlotte Knights

Scores, stats, and news from the White Sox farm system

Back by popular demand, it's a look at notable performances, for better or for worse, across the full-season affiliates over the last month.

Charlotte Knights

Up: Jordan Danks. He entered June hitting .147/.261/.272, but turned it around by hitting .327/.409/.683 with eight homers and 10 doubles in June. His numbers are back where you expect them to be, which means he's an option to get another look in Chicago if trades are made.

Down: Marcus Semien. Hit .188/.292/.365 over 27 games. He has some extracurricular stuff on his plate, from playing multiple new positions to any hangover from a demotion.

Up: Matt Davidson. He hit .239/.327/.565 in June, which is an improvement over his entire season. But the bigger development is that his power arrived. He hit nine homers over the month, threw in three doubles, and cut down his strikeout rate to his lowest monthly rate yet (26 percent).

Up: Andy Wilkins. His story is similar to Jordan Danks', just less extreme on both ends. He hit .306/.346/.531 with seven homers and five doubles during June, raising his average from .199 to .236.

Up: Tyler Saladino. You can't keep him down. He was already playing well, but he enjoyed his best month yet (.338/.398/.513), even while the roster squeeze messed up his routine.

Birmingham Barons

Up: Rangel Ravelo. Hit .323/.361.434 and started a hitting streak that is now up to 23 games. He can only play first base, but he's only 22, so nobody needs to make a decision on him just yet.

Up: Trayce Thompson: Bounced back from an abysmal May with a .273/.337/.505 line in June, showing the extra-base hit power (nine doubles, two triples, three homers) and stealing three bags in three tries. He needed that.

Down: Cody Winiarski. Line says it all: 9.2 IP, 24 H, 19 R, 18 ER, 1 HR, 4 BB, 10 K

Winston-Salem Dash

Up: Jacob May. Broke out in a big way in June, hitting .366/.393/.535 and showcasing his speed with nine doubles, four triples, and stealing 20 bases in 20 attempts. Plus, he's actually healthy.

Down: Tim Anderson. He had steady built on his game over the first three months, with his power showing up in June (.317/.343/.529). Alas, he broke his wrist somehow, and he's projected to miss four to six weeks.

Up: Keon Barnum. Had the best month of his injury-riddled career, hitting .333/.371/.545 with 10 doubles, a triple and three homers.

Up: Jason Coats. Hit .330/.360/.566 with seven doubles, six homers and a paltry 10 percent strikeout rate last month. Injuries delayed the start to his pro-ball career, but at 24, he probably needs to start moving up son.

Down: Frank Montas. Posted a 1.69 ERA over five starts, allowing just 26 hits and nine walks over 32 innings while striking out 22. Problem is, a meniscus tear ended his regular season.

Kannapolis Intimidators

Up: Trey Michalczewski. One of the best developments of the White Sox system's 2014 season, Michalczewski hit .327/.387/.614 last month. A half-dozen homers powered that slugging percentage, after hitting just one home run over the first two months combined.

Down: Andrew Mitchell. His major control issues manifested itself in more strikeouts, but also more runs. He struck out 22 over 13⅓ innings, but also allowed 11 walks on top of 13 hits, as well as one hit batter. The result: a 7.43 ERA.

Up: Thad Lowry. The 19-year-old is holding his own in A-ball after being selected in the fifth round of the 2013 draft. The peripherals aren't anything special yet (10 strikeouts over 28⅓ innings), but at least he's throwing strikes (just eight walks).

Up: James Dykstra. Speaking of throwing strikes, Dykstra's June line: 3-1, 1.36 ERA, 33 IP, 30 H, 1 HR, 2 BB, 24 K.

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