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This Week in White Sox Minor League Baseball

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Someone who is happy with John Danks' performance
Someone who is happy with John Danks' performance
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This week:

  • Injuries were a major theme, if only because the top prospect was one of those afflicted. Tim Anderson missed four games with a left wrist sprain. It hasn't been pretty for him either side of the missed games: .136/.136/.182 in 22 PA.
  • Courtney Hawkins has a mild oblique strain and is on the Barons' disabled list. Also not a great start for him: .190/.217/.190 in 23 PA.
  • Young shortstop Johan Cruz also landed on the disabled list with an unknown injury. The 20-year-old Dominican had a credible full season debut going: .222/.286/.278 in 21 PA. The injury had a positive side effect, however, as it opened up a roster spot at Kannapolis for RF Micker Adolfo. In his debut last night he went 1-4 with a strikeout.
  • In other less than optimal news, Carson Fulmer has made almost as poor of a start to his AA career as possible. In two starts: 7.2 IP, 7 H, 8 BB, 3 K, 2 HR. At least he threw five innings in his second game. The hype train has always been speeding far ahead of his development and the White Sox didn't do him any favors with the expectations and evaluation they dished out to the press in spring training. The 22-year-old could probably do with some adversity and he's finding out that the Southern League isn't the Southeastern Conference. Hitters in the high minors can punish mistakes and aren't quite so excited to get themselves out on poorly located stuff. When you're working on adding some pitches, this is the kind of welcome you're liable to get.
  • With John Danks tossing a couple uninspiring starts, eyes naturally turn to Charlotte and the 6th starter derby. Miguel Gonzalez is a front-runner and the righty goes again this afternoon after a decent first start: 5 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 2 HR.
  • Michael Ynoa, who made a brief trip to the Cell last Sunday, was promoted to Charlotte. He's certainly looking like the first man up if anyone falters in the major league bullpen.
  • If you want some insight into RHP Blake Hickman's recovery from Tommy John surgery, he's writing a journal for Future Sox.