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This Week in White Sox Minor League Baseball

Daniel Moskos
Daniel Moskos

This week:

  • Tonight is the Futures Game, which will be televised on ESPN2 at 4pm central. The lone White Sox representative is SS/2B Carlos Sanchez, who is playing for the World Team but is not starting. The just turned 20 year old switch hitter has been very good for Winston-Salem this season: .320/.380/.398 with plenty of solid line drive hits.
  • Well, that didn't take long. In what certainly looks like a curious move, particularly with the current lack of pitching at Charlotte, the White Sox released LHP Scott Olsen yesterday. I talked last week about how he signed a deal in the offseason that included a major league option for 2013 so something obviously changed. He only made three appearances totaling five innings and he didn't suck so who knows what happened there.
  • The White Sox claimed LHP Daniel Moskos off of waivers from the Pirates. Moskos is just a mess and is the Exhibit A for why a team should not spend a top pick on a reliever. And I don't just mean someone who projects as a reliever but a guy who actually was a reliever in college. The thought process behind how the Pirates came to the decision to use a fourth overall pick and $2.475 million on this guy is something scholars will be studying for years to come. One hypothesis is a fixation on picking a college pitcher even when there were no available college pitchers worthy of being drafted anywhere near #4. Repeat after me: Best Player Available. Best Player Available. In any event, this isn't a Gavin Floyd or Phillip Humber reclamation project because Moskos can't hold those pitchers' jocks when it comes to talent. Maybe he can be a LOOGY.
  • Speaking of Humber, he's two starts into his rehab assignment and he certainly hasn't been doing anything that should make Dylan Axelrod quake in his cleats: 6 IP, 8 H, 4 BB, 4 K.
  • A couple notable promotions: RHP Matt Heidenreich to Birmingham, LHP Pedro Hernandez to Charlotte.
  • The 2012 pick who has gotten off to the best pro career is third round pick 2B Joey DeMichele. He began with Bristol but that was always going to be a short-term assignment for an advanced college hitter. The White Sox promoted him to the more talent appropriate Sally League and the lefty hasn't had any trouble offensively there, either. But the questions with DeMichele aren't with the bat, where he's got a short, uncomplicated stroke. The questions are on defense, where a guy who doesn't have much more than gap power needs to show that he can stick at 2B.