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This Week in White Sox Minor League Baseball

Stephen Sauer.
Stephen Sauer.

This week:

  • With a 1+ IP, 8 H, 9 R, 1 BB, 2 K performance on Tuesday, Daniel Hudson earned himself a spot on Baseball America's Not So Hot Sheet.  While it's easy to look at his line of 4 GS, 16.1 IP, 25 H, 8 BB, 18 K and 9.37 ERA and think there's a problem, that's probably an overreaction to a small sample size.  He's still striking out more than a batter per inning and his high hit total can be chalked up to a high BABIP caused by some combination of luck and the weak Charlotte defense. 
  • Tyler Flowers: .323/.432/.613. Yawn.
  • Stephen Sauer had some uncharacteristic control issues his first couple starts for the Dash, tallying up 9 BB in 9 IP (he had only 19 BB in 142 IP last season).  In his next two starts, he didn't walk anyone and struck out seven (all in his last start).  The groundball machine is still inducing lots of wormburners and if he stays in the strike zone, he could be a fast riser.
  • Is Justin Greene a prospect? No, not really.  But the speedy outfielder does throw the leather some.  Check out this catch.
  • Dayan Viciedo considered my suggestion last week of hitting for more power and chose to do so.  His three extra base hits this week (all home runs) bring his season line up to .265/.282/.434. Maybe he should consider adding some walks?
  • Josh Phegley, 2009 1st supplemental round pick, has been diagnosed with I-T-P syndrome, which is an autoimmune disorder that attacks platelets in the body.  His return date is uncertain.
  • For phastphil, an AAAA update.  Alejandro De Aza: .216/.318/.270 and 8 for 8 in SB; Brent Lillibridge: .259/.330/.638 and 11 for 11 in SB; Carlos Torres: 5 GS, 28 IP, 25 H, 12 BB, 28 K.
  • Last week's poll asked for breakout candidates.  Nevin Griffith led the poll with 32% of the vote.  I'm sure his good start to the season for the Dash - 4 GS, 25 IP, 14 H, 8 BB, 16 K - swayed a few minds.  It would be nice to see a few more strikeouts but control is also important for the 21 year old in his second season back from TJS.  Miguel Gonzalez was the fashionable preseason sleeper pick.  His .207/.258/.362 line for Kannapolis may have shifted sentiment away from him but let's all remember that he's 19 and in his first season of full season ball.  
  • Jordan Danks: .278/.363/.468 and 30.4% k rate.