The White Sox looked to beef up their minor league system earlier this week in the draft. Lets take a look at how some of the already existing young talent did in this weeks minor league update.
Triple-A catcher Josh Phegley has had a season of peaks and valleys. His cyclical-type success leaves scouts with the question of whether or not Phegley has the capacity to put forth a consistent effort. Last week he did everything in his power to level out his play and disprove some of the naysayers. Phegley went 9-for-20 (.450) with five RBI and a .966 OPS. Hopefully, Phegley can build upon his recent performances and find some type of sustainable success.
Another notable Charlotte Knight last week was Jhan Marinez, who appeared twice in a relief role. Marinez pitched one inning in each outing and allowed no runs on one hit.
Birmingham flame thrower Simon Castro had one start last week. His successful pitch location and above average fastball proved to be too much for the Mobile BayBears. Castro went eight innings allowing three runs on five hits. Two of the runs came unearned due to one throwing and one fielding error by Castros supporting cast. Castro has been producing some quality starts lately and sits at 5-5 on the season. If he can keep hitting his spots, I wouldnt be surprised to see Castro in Charlotte at the Triple-A level sometime soon.
Our weekly analysis of White Sox prospect Jared Mitchell has been all over the map this season. It seems as if Mitchell has alternated between weeks of brilliance and questionable play as of late. Coming off of a stellar week two weeks ago, we assumed Mitchell would once again dip below the .300 mark but the trend has finally been broken. Mitchell went 9-for-29 (.310) last week with two doubles, two triples and four runs scored. Mitchell did deliver at the plate this week, but he still seems to be struggling with his over-anxious plate approach. He fanned 12 times over the course of seven games upping his season total to 72. This boosts his strikeout percentage to 35.1. If Mitchell wants to realize his dreams of becoming a major league ball player this glaring weakness must be addressed and changed.
Winston-Salem center fielder and highly touted prospect Trayce Thompson had an up-and-down week at the plate. Thompson was 4-for-24 (.167) but delivered two homeruns and seven RBI. He also scored five runs for the Dash. Despite his struggles swinging the bat, Thompson is finding his way aboard (five walks) and delivering when his team needs it the most. Most of Thompson's struggles are coming while facing left-handed pitching. He is batting .162 on the season versus southpaws which is one of the main reasons his batting average sits at an undesirable .212.
Dash ace Jake Petricka had another stellar outing this week. He had one start in which he went seven innings allowing no runs on only three hits. Petricka also fanned six and only surrendered one walk. Petricka's latest gem moves his record to an even 4-4 on the season.
Four Kannapolis Intimidators were named to the 2012 South Atlantic League All-Star Team last week, most notably Rangel Ravelo. Ravelo went 9-for-26 on the week with two doubles and his second round-tripper of the year. He also scored three runs and drove in four runs. Representing the Intimidators in the All-Star game along with Ravelo are right fielder Mark Haddow, catcher Kevan Smith, and pitcher Blair Walters.