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Old 09-09-2009, 11:18 AM
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Default Sox Minor League wrap up

I thought I'd post on how all the Sox minors have finished up...although some are in the playoffs coming up.

DSL (Dominican Summer League) White Sox finished the year 42-28.
> Headlined by Juan Silverio, an 18yr old that hit .321/.547/.913 with 8 HR's, 10 3B, 16 BB, 47K's in 243 AB's.

Bristol Sox (Rookie league) finished 27-39, 4th place in the APP west division
> Headlined by Brady Shoemaker, a 22 yr old LF who hit .351/.585/1.011 with 9HR's in 205 AB's. A bit old for rookie league but one to watch as he moves up.
> Some other notables: Matthew Heidenreich (4.50ERA in 22IP), Santos Rodriguez(1.33ERA, 27IP), David Holmberg(4.73ERA, 40IP), Steven Upchurch(6.95ERA, 66IP)

Great Falls Voyagers, was the 1st half division winner at 21-17, and leading the 2nd half in their division with a 19-16 record, with 3 games remaining.
> Jose Vargas (.338), Jordan Cheatham (.338) and Nick Ciolli (.313) all hit over .300. Trayce Thompson hit .250 in only 16 AB's. Justin Collop has a 2.63 ERA in 38 IP.

Kannapolis Intimidators finished the 2nd half at 45-24, 1st in the SAL overall, with an overall record of 82-57 (10th in all of minor league ball).
> Some nice players to watch here: 2009 1st rounder Jared Mitchell(.297,.414 OBP), Justin Greene(.303), Tyler Kuhn(moved up to W/S), Jon Gilmore, Josh Phegley(a disappointing .224)
> On the pitching side, the whole rotation had ERA's under 4. Greg Infante (3.26), Charlie Leesman(3.08), Stephen Sauer (3.36), Nevin Griffith (3.86) and the since departed Dexter Carter (3.13). Also Dan Hudson stopped in for 4 starts with a 1.23 ERA.

Wiston-Salem Dash finished 73-65 winning the 1st and 2nd half division titles.
> Brent Morel (.281, 16HR's), Christian Marrero (now in AA)(.314), Tyler Kuhn, Jordan Danks cut his teeth here hitting .322 with a .934OPS.
> Charlie Shirek 8-1, 3.88(moved to AA) and Anthony Carter (11-7, 4.36,119K's) were the notable pitchers.

Birmingham Barons finished with a AA best (and 3rd in minors overall) record of 92-47. The best winning % in team history. Interestingly, they are starting the playoffs this week and are having a black out night for the playoff games.
> Lots of bright spots here littered with top prospects: Tyler Flowers(.302,.993 OPS), Gordon Beckham, Brandon Allen, C.J. Retherford(.297), Dayan Viciedo, Stefan Gartrell (.285, 19HR), David Cook (.264, 25HR, 84RBI, 64/84 BB/K ratio!). Jordan Danks started hot but fell off after his wrist injury, and John Shelby disappointed with a .243 AVG.
> Again, lots of bright spots on the pitching side: Since departed Aaron Poreda, Dan Hudson (again, 7-0 1.60ERA), Brian Omogrosso (7-2 4.19), John Ely (14-2, 2.82), Lucas Harrell (8-3 3.25). Relievers Jhonny Nunez(2.14 ERA, 46IP), Fernando Hernandez (1.71, 52IP), Clevelan Santeliz (4-0, 0.96 ERA in 56IP)

Charlotte Knights: You know things aren't good when the main headlines are: "Getz/Wise join Knights for rehab" and "Peavy photo gallery".
Charlotte finished 67-76, last place in the Int'l South.
> Career MiL players Josh Kroeger(.267, 17HR),Michael Restovich(.290, 21HR) and Brian Myrow headlined. Not much to see here.
> Carlos Torres(10-4 2.39 ERA) and Jon Link (3.99ERA, 66K in 56IP) are the bright spots here.

I know there are a lot more players that people may have interest in, but these are the highlights and notables for me. Between the young guys up and some of the minor league talent, I think we are in good shape moving forward.
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