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White Sox give Frankie Montas taste of life in MLB

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White Sox give Frankie Montas taste of life in MLB

The White Sox want Frankie Montas to get his toes wet.

The White Sox promoted their top-pitching prospect on Friday for one day only, designating him as their 26th player for a doubleheader against the Kansas City Royals. The club hopes to use him Friday and wants to provide Montas with a taste of life in the majors in case he’s needed later this season. Montas, who pitched in Futures Game on Sunday and the Southern League All-Star Game last month, is the second of two players to come over in the Jake Peavy trade to wear a White Sox uniform along with Avisail Garcia.

“Being traded and all the guys that are in the big leagues, like Avisail and (Jose) Iglesias,” Montas said. “Now, me I’m here, I feel great. I feel really happy right now.

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“When they said you’ve been called up to the big leagues, I was like ‘Man don’t play like that. Are you serious?” And he was like ‘Yeah, I’m serious.’

“I was shocked. I was really happy. It’s a dream coming true.”

Montas hopes to control his emotions and not get overly excited if he gets his shot. Given he could join the club again this season, general manager Rick Hahn said the intention is to help Montas overcome some of those nerves.

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“It wouldn’t shock me if it were similar to Jose Quintana, who originally came up for one 26-man experience and then returned, if Montas followed the same path and we see him again at some point this season,” Hahn said.

Montas would have no issue with that plan no matter what role he would be assigned. Though Montas has been a starter since the White Sox acquired him in July 2013 and he has a 1.42 ERA over his last 38 innings, he’d work out of the bullpen if necessary.

“I still feel the same way,” Montas said. “Like I said before, if they want me to be a starter, I’ll start. If they want me in the bullpen, I’ll go out to the bullpen. It don’t matter.”

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Rick Hahn says 'there will be many' promotions for White Sox prospects this week

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Rick Hahn says 'there will be many' promotions for White Sox prospects this week

The White Sox have a number of highly-rated prospects performing well in the minors and some of them will be on the move within the system in a matter of days.

General manager Rick Hahn talked to reporters ahead of Monday night's White Sox game in Cleveland, a 6-2 loss, and gave the news. Well, sort of.

He didn't include names, but he did say that "there will be many" promotions after the minor league all-star games for Double-A and both Single-A teams take place on Tuesday.

Hahn added that Chris Getz, the White Sox player development director, will address the media before the White Sox host Oakland on Thursday about the moves.

If the all-star games are a reason to wait, it's safe to think some of the players involved will be playing in those games. So who could be on the move?

Double-A Birmingham has six all-stars: Eloy Jimenez, Zack Collins, Seby Zavala, Danny Mendick, Dane Dunning and Ian Hamilton. Jimenez is the name everyone wants to see on the move. He has torched the Southern League since getting off to a late start to the season due to injury. Hahn was asked about Jimenez, but didn't tip his hand as to whether he would be one of the promotions.

Dunning has been good in Double-A (2.78 ERA, 65 strikeouts in 58 1/3 innings), but was already promoted this season so he may not be on the move again.

Single-A Winston-Salem has five all-stars: Dylan Cease, Luis Alexander Basabe, Joel Booker, Bernardo Flores and Matt Foster. Cease, 22, could be due for a promotion with a 2.89 ERA and 82 strikeouts in 71 2/3 innings. There's also that outfield logjam the Dash, which won the first-half division title, have had all season.

Other than Basabe and Booker, Blake Rutherford and Alex Call are also noteworthy prospects being forced to split time in the Dash's outfield. If Jimenez is moving up to Triple-A, one or two names from this group could be on the move to take his spot in Birmingham.

This would especially make sense if highly-touted outfield prospect Luis Robert, who was supposed to be in Single-A Kannapolis for a short period before joining the Dash, is ready to move up as planned. Robert is hitting .289/.360/.400 in 13 games with the Intimidators.

Birmingham, Winston-Salem and Kannapolis were all off Monday. The various all-star games will take place Tuesday and the three teams will be off again Wednesday. The promotions could be announced Thursday ahead of Getz's scheduled media availability.