This past weekend, some of the top White Sox prospects in the four major White Sox farm system organizations got their seasons going. Kannapolis (Low-A) went 2-2, Winston-Salem (High-A) went 2-2, Birmingham (Double-A) went 2-3 and Charlotte (Triple-A) went 3-1. Let’s review some the top White Sox prospects throughout their opening weekend, along with a Gordon Beckham update.
In Low-A, Intimidators pitcher Tyler Danish was solid in his first start of the year. In five innings pitched on Friday, Danish gave up two runs on four hits, walked two, but struck out six as he picked up the win in a 7-2 Intimidators win over the Greenville Drive.
In Winston-Salem’s four games, top White Sox prospects Courtney Hawkins and Tim Anderson went a combined 9-for-29 with four doubles and seven RBI’s. Hawkins hit his first two home runs of the season, but the concern over his high strikeout totals made itself known again. In the four games over the weekend, Hawkins struck out six times and walked just once. Anderson’s struggles came in the field, where he committed three errors over the weekend.
The Birmingham Barons spent their opening series on the road to kick off 2014. Top White Sox prospect Micah Johnson got off to a nice 7-for-19 start at the plate with three extra-base hits, including his first home run of the season. Gordon Beckham played in the Barons’ season opener as part of his rehab assignment and went 0-for-3 on Thursday. Beckham mentioned he still feels discomfort in his oblique area while swinging the bat. White Sox manager Robin Ventura mentioned that there’s no need to rush Beckham back to the big club.
“Nothing serious, but just felt like something was aching him and didn’t want to take a chance on it,” Ventura said. “He knows to be really cautious with it just because if it happens again, it’s going to be worse. Just the history of knowing guys who have the injury, you do it that second time and it’s going to be worse.” -Robin Ventura, CSNChicago.com
The Charlotte Knights began their Triple-A slate with a four-game series win over the Norfolk Tides. The best weekend probably went to catcher Josh Phegley. In four games, Phegley hit .429 (6-for-14) with two extra-base hits and three runs scored. Phegley was a name to keep an eye within the White Sox catching carousel, but Tyler Flowers and Adrian Nieto have gotten off to nice starts with the big club.
Matt Davidson, the prospect that came over in the Addison Reed trade this past off-season, went 5-for-18 for the weekend with four doubles. Past Sox starters Dylan Axelrod and Andre Rienzo each started over the weekend. Axelrod went five innings, gave up six hits and struck out seven in a win on Sunday. Rienzo picked up a no-decision on Friday, going five innings and only giving up two hits.