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This Week in White Sox Minor League Baseball

A brighter week


This week:

Last week we checked in on the starting pitchers we're likely to see in a White Sox uniform soon. Let's now take a look at the top starter prospects that we're not likely to see until 2014 at the earliest.

Scott Snodgress was drafted at the same time as Erik Johnson and is at the same minor league level as him but Snodgress is on a slightly slower track to the majors. The big left-hander has a lot more work to do on his secondary pitches and the results show it. His strikeout percentage is way down to 12.6% from 21.5% a year ago, with part of that being the result of purposefully throwing his lesser pitches. The 23 year-old has plenty of time to get the necessary reps to see if he has the pitches to continue as a starter. 9 GS, 53.1 IP, 54 H, 20 BB, 28 K.

Myles Jaye already earned a promotion to High-A and, in his two starts, picked up right where he left off with Kannapolis. So far, the 21 year-old righty has kept his strikeouts and walks about where they were in Low-A. Overall in 2013, he's striking out 22.3% of hitters (17.3% swinging, 5% looking) and walking 10%. He's got good swing-and-miss stuff but he'll need to drop those walks a bit. 9 GS, 53 IP, 45 H, 22 BB, 49 K.

The White Sox elected to jump Chris Beck from Rookie Ball right to High-A in 2013 and the results have been predictable. While the 22 year-old hasn't been hit around like he was in the Pioneer League, the righty's strikeout percentage has basically been cut in half from 20.6% down to 10.6% and his walk percentage has ticked up to just over 9%. His saving grace has been his ability to induce groundballs, as his 55% GB rate has led to just a .242 BABIP. 9 GS, 51 IP, 45 H, 20 BB, 23 K.

Injury news: Jared Mitchell came off Birmingham's DL, Nestor Molina will be following shortly. Courtney Hawkins has begun baseball activities but no timetable yet for his return.

Josh Phegley: .321/.386/.628.

Micah Johnson continues to steal with impunity: 44 swipes in 55 tries. The left-handed hitting second baseman's walk rate has taken a slight dip from last season but his strikeout rate is also down from 22.3% to 17.9%. The 22 year-old, however, continues to be rough in the field, committing his 13th error last night. He need to be aware of his limitations in the field and not try to make plays that aren't there.

Trayce Thompson: .235/.365/.389. The power dip is troubling but is outweighed by his drastic cut in strikeouts (21%, down from over 28% the past two seasons) and a decent increase in walks to 14.4%.