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Tyler Flowers
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This week:

  • Gordon Beckham suffered an abdominal strain in his first plate appearance on Thursday night. The culprit: a sacrifice bunt - because you gotta play small ball with the Barons' lineup and especially a weak hitter like Gordon. He stayed in the game for his next two at-bats, including a double, but could not continue and was pulled from the game in the 5th. He's expected to be back on Monday. Season line: .303/.381/.505.
  • Daniel Hudson was named SAL Pitcher of the Week and was promoted to Winston-Salem. His first start in High A was cut short by an extended rain delay but it was a nice beginning: 2 perfect innings with 3 strikeouts.
  • Jordan Danks: .330/.420/.518.
  • Brent Morel, last year's third round pick, has begun to heat up. He's up to .276/.347/.505 and is also 10 for 11 in stolen bases.
  • Justin Edwards returned to game action exactly one year after the Tommy John surgery that took his entire 2008 season. The lefty had an impressive debut for Kannapolis: 5 IP, 1 hit, 1 BB, 1 WP, and 9 K while keeping the batted balls on the ground, as well. The 21 year old does not have overpowering stuff but his curve and changeup were both promising pitches before his injury. One to watch. 
  • Brandon Allen: .299/.367/.505
  • Aaron Poreda pitched a no-hitter. Before anyone gets too excited, it was a rain-shortened five inning affair. But it goes in the record books nonetheless. The line was rather messy: 5 IP, 0 hits, 5 BB, HBP, and 8 K.
  • Carlos Torres, who has quietly climbed up the organizational ladder rung by rung since he was drafted in the 15th round in 2004, has made an impressive start to the season for Charlotte. The righty has made five starts and in 28 IP has given up just 19 hits and walked 10 while striking out 28. The strikeout rate has always been impressive for Carlos but stamina concerns have made the White Sox query whether he can be a starter long-term. Jerking him back and forth between starting and relieving the last few years likely hasn't helped. His stuff is overall average. He's now on the radar as a possible call-up should the White Sox need a starter.
  • Tyler Flowers: .288/.438/.513.

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