Chicago White Sox
Released: LHP Sean Bierman
Recalled: LHP Frank de los Santos
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Frank de los Santos, OF Jordan Danks
Placed on 7-day DL: OF Keenyn Walker
Reinstated from DL: RHP Francelis Montas, OF Joe De Pinto
Following the release of 25-year-old southpaw Sean Bierman, the White Sox had cut both of the players they received from the Rays in the July trade that sent Jesse Crain to Tampa Bay. The other player, third baseman Ben Kline, didn’t make it through spring training. It’s only fitting, seeing as Crain never actually pitched for the Rays because of injury.
Not many prospects draw as much ire as the thick-framed Hawkins. This is a player who was rushed through the minors sooner than he probably should have been, and the results last year were quite poor. While he has produced much better this year, he clearly has a ton of in-game conditioning and adjustments left. This weekend, I saw him do something that I have never seen or heard happen. Parker Bridwell threw Hawkins a 92 mph fastball inside-middle and Hawkins pulled his hands in, using his leveraged swing and plus bat speed to crack the ball out for a home run over the left field fence. Even better, this came when he was down 1-2 in the count. Hawkins went on to flail a couple grounders and strike out on a well-located change, so the day was typical for him. However, this was the first time I had ever heard or seen Hawkins cut back his elongated swing. The pitch recognition is still very worrisome, as he had trouble with Bridwell’s curve and change, but he showed what happens when he doesn’t sell out for the big blast. –Tucker Blair
Sunday's box scores will appear below shortly.