Sep 22, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago White Sox catcher Josh Phegley (36) at bat against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Two players within the Chicago White Sox organization have been selected to the MiLB International League All-Star Roster for the 2014 Triple-A All-Star Game.
February 19, 2013; Glendale, AZ, USA; Chicago White Sox infielder Tyler Saladino (78) poses for a picture during photo day at Camelback Ranch. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
For Phegley, this is his third selection to the IL All-Star team.
In an article on Milb.com it says of Phegley:
"“A member of Chicago’s 40-man roster, Phegley is hitting .253 with 42 runs scored, 20 doubles, three triples, 13 home runs, and 38 RBIs over 70 games with Charlotte this season. The 26-year-old backstop leads all IL catchers in a number of defensive categories.”"
Phegley also won a MiLB Gold Glove in ’12.
For Saladino the article of the announcement states:
"“Saladino is currently hitting a team-high .312 on the season over 80 games. The San Diego, CA native is seventh in the IL in batting average and has 40 runs scored, 16 doubles, four triples, nine home runs, and 42 RBIs.”"
I would expect to see Phegley back on the White Sox roster sometime late in this season as he did hit three home runs in his first five games last year. With the way Tyler Flowers is playing lately at the plate, why wouldn’t the White Sox try to improve at the position in some way?
Saladino seems to be having a very nice season as well at SS. Maybe we will see him in the Majors this September as well. I would really like to start seeing what these young guys have to offer at the MLB level for an extended period of time, to prepare for next season and beyond.
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The White Sox are entering Sunday’s game five games below the .500 mark at 45-50, so whatever they’ve been doing thus far isn’t working, and the proof is in the standings and overall record.
This franchise has some nice talent in the Minors, and eventually they have to start giving these young players an extended opportunity in the Majors, because who they currently have on the roster (some of the players, not all of them) just aren’t getting the job done.
The Triple-A All-Star game will be played on Wednesday, July 16 in Durham, NC.