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Rising and Falling: The Charlotte Knights

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Well, with Soxtalk under construction, and me not wanting to work very hard on my own blog at CloneChronicles, I figured I'd send The Cheat a present with a blog post that makes this place look updated and what not. So, let's look at some players on the Sox Triple-A team who are seeing their stock rise, fall, or stay static.

Rising

Danny Richar
The middle infielder brought over in the trade from Arizona that send Aaron Cunningham out west has flourished in the bandbox that is the Knights Stadium. A gaudy .326 average to go along with a slugging that currently stands at .558 will likely earn Richar a promotion by September at the very latest. A shortstop by trade, Richar has been seeing time at second base, evidently preparing for the future departure of Iguchi.

Richar is not without issues, however. He's hitting just over .230 against lefties (Danny is a lefty himself), and his batting average in Charlotte is a ridiculous .424, which seems to support the point that his numbers have been park-aided. He's also been questionable on the field, with one Tucson Sidewinders staffer being said to remark that he "could be a decent fielder if he stopped making lazy and dumb mistakes in the field." Either way, his bat is still doing well enough to carry him to Chicago.

Ehren Wasserman

Wasserman was signed after an open tryout at the Hoover Met in 2003, and ever since, the sidearming righty has done little more that succeed at each stop in the minors. With the struggling Sox bullpen, it certainly wouldn't be out of the realm of possibility to see Wasserman head to Chicago at some point.

Wasserman is a closer who has been able to keep the ball in the park in Charlotte, a rare feat for any pitcher. Of course this is nothing new for Ehren, as he allowed just two bombs in Birmingham last year. However, it's hard to tell if the organization thinks much of him, bringing up the Ryan Bukvich's of the world, and allowing Nick Masset to stay in Chicago for some unbeknownst reason.

Static

Ryan Sweeney

Sweeney's stock is holding as much as anything. During his most recent callup to Chicago, he came strong out of the gates, but he also showed that's he's just not quite ready yet. His power stroke is still relatively nonexistant, which is rare in Charlotte, but he's still maintained a nice contact rate.

It's still a matter of not if, but when Ryan will be back in Chicago. He'd have been up sooner if Jerry Owens wasn't considered a leadoff hitter for some reason. He hasn't done anything to hurt himself since going back down, but he hasn't gone gangbusters either.

Falling

Andy Sisco

The Sisco kid has had a rough time of it.The big ol' lefty has been converted back to a starter since being optioned down to the Knights, and while h's had some decent starts, his control is still nonexistant. His last start featured him lasting just a third of an inning while relinquishing eight earned runs. A .296 average against to go with a 19/26 BB/K ration in 27.1 innings spells disaster.

Sisco should really be considering his starting spot in Charlotte in danger, but since the White Sox organization refuses to reward anyone with promotions this year, it's kind of moot.

Brian Anderson

Despite being simply red-hot in the first week of July, including a four home run stretch in three games, Anderson has decided to emulate other White Sox outfielders with injuries occurring every other week. He tore up his shoulder and elbow while making a diving catch, which likely led to tendinitis that kept him off the field and relegated to DH duties. Anderson then heated up dramatically when healthy before injuring a tendon in his left wrist nearly a week ago that will leave him in a cast.

It should be no surprise to anyone if he never plays in Chicago again, but the latest injury may leave him in the organization, at least til the end of this season.

Depending on how ambitious I'm feeling, I may continue this in the future and look at the lower level teams.