The Chicago White Sox begin their May slate of games on Friday night against the Cleveland Indians. All four of the White Sox affiliates are also in action.
Let’s take a look at the opening month and what’s ahead for the White Sox farm system:
Triple-A: Charlotte Knights (International League) – 10-16
The Knights send Erik Johnson to the mound on Friday night against the Buffalo Bisons. Friday will be Johnson’s first start with the Knights since his demotion from the White Sox earlier this week.
Some names that Sox fans have kept their eyes are on: C Josh Phegley (.290 BA, 0 HR, 5 RBI in 18 games played), OF Blake Tekotte (.231 BA, 0 HR, 3 RBI in 21 games played), 3B Matt Davidson (.172 BA, 3 HR, 8 RBI in 25 games played) and Jared Mitchell (.164 BA, 2 HR, 7 RBI in 20 games played).
Double-A: Birmingham Barons (Southern League) – 11-15
The defending Southern League Champions continue a series with the Mobile BayBears on Friday night. Chris Beck picked up the loss on Thursday, going 4 2/3 innings, giving up five runs (three earned) on six hits.
Among the names that could see time in the major leagues is Micah Johnson. In 27 games, Johnson is hitting .363 with three home runs and 13 runs batted in. Johnson has been the prospect that most fans have kept their eyes on since an impressive showing in the spring for the White Sox.
Other names to watch for the Barons: OF Trayce Thompson (.271 BA, 2 HR, 13 RBI in 26 games), OF Keenyn Walker (.125 BA, 0 HR, 2 RBI in 16 games). Thompson was the White Sox second-round pick in 2009, while Walker was the White Sox first-round pick in 2011.
Advanced-A: Winston-Salem Dash (Carolina League) – 9-15
The Dash play the second game of a four-game series with the Potomac Nationals on Friday. Shortstop Tim Anderson, the White Sox first-round pick in the 2013 draft was placed on the seven-day disabled list due a left shoulder injury.
The other featured name with the Dash is Courtney Hawkins. I spoke on Hawkins and his start to the year a few weeks ago. In 23 games, the 20-year-old Hawkins is hitting .289 with seven home runs and 27 RBI. (Not a typo. 27 RBI in 23 games.) No player on the Dash has more than nine.
Low-A: Kannapolis (South Atlantic League) – 14-13
The Intimidators sit in third place after 27 games in the South Atlantic League’s Northern Division. The featured name to watch for White Sox fans is Tyler Danish. Danish, 19, was the second-round pick in the amateur draft for the White Sox in 2013.
In five games started for Kannapolis, Danish is 2-0 with a 1.04 ERA. In 26 innings pitched, Danish has only given up eight runs on 23 hits, while walking six.