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This Week in White Sox Minor League Baseball

This week:

  • RHP Miles Jaye joined Kannapolis from extended spring training and was excellent in his first start: 5 IP, 4 H, 0 BB, 7 K, 1 HBP. Jaye is the primary piece from the Jason Frasor trade. Like with many pitchers at his level, the 20 year old has a good fastball (low to mid 90s) but his secondary pitches - power slider and changeup - are works in progress. Unlike many pitchers at his level, Jaye has good control of his repertoire. I don't think Low-A hitters are going to be able to challenge Jaye but the primary goal for him right now is to get innings. He may see Winston-Salem later on in the season, where he should find the hitters to be less accommodating.
  • 3B Juan Silverio made his season debut for Winston-Salem on Friday, after remaining in extended spring training to rehab an injury to his right arm. Silverio showed some nice offense last season - .285/.335/.453 between Kannapolis and Winston-Salem - but he really needs to move to the outfield. The 21 year old has wasted no time in getting his errors on track to match his previously prodigious totals (39 last season): he's committed three errors at third base in his two games back. Silverio's frame is filling out so he could develop the power expected from a corner outfield spot.
  • C Mike Blanke: .259/.344/.432.
  • There are a few notable pitchers still in extended spring training. 2011 second round pick Erik Johnson continues to battle right elbow issues. Thomas Royse had surgery prior to last season to beat his right elbow issues and hopefully will be back this summer. 2011 third rounder Jeff Soptic is biding his time in order to keep his innings manageable and it should be interesting where his power right arm eventually lands.
  • C Kevan Smith is learning what it's like to face a bit more advanced pitching. Smith was the darling of some this offseason after a very productive season split between the two White Sox Rookie League clubs. But you'll be burned nearly every time when you fall in love with a college hitter who beats up on the lowest level of pitchers. So far the 24 year old has hit .296/.344/.365 for Kannapolis. We'll see if he can make the necessary adjustment to hit for some more power.
  • RHP Nestor Molina: 6 GS, 36.1 IP, 45 H, 5 BB, 25 K.