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Charlotte Knights, Birmingham Barons wrap up ’14 seasons

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Aug 31, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox first baseman Andy Wilkins (38) calls for a pop up during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

The Charlotte Knights, the Triple-A Chicago White Sox affiliate, wrapped up their 2014 season with a 9-2 loss to the Gwinnett Braves, completing a season where they finished last in the South standings of the International League.

The Knights compiled an overall record of 63-81 this season (a .438 winning percentage), 12 games back of the IL South division winner – the Durham Bulls. The Bulls finished with an overall record of 75-69.

Leading the Knights in batting average was Andy Wilkins at .293, in runs (79), home runs (30) and RBIs (85).

Carlos Sanchez was the stolen base leader for the Knights with 16.

Aug 31, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox second baseman Carlos Sanchez (77) fields a ground ball hit by Detroit Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez (not pictured) during the first inning at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Both Sanchez and Wilkins are currently on the MLB roster of the White Sox.

For the Knights’ pitching, Dylan Axelrod had the most wins with six, but has since joined the Cincinnati Reds.

Taylor Thompson finished with a team-high seven wins, and Eric Surkamp led the Knights with 86 strikeouts.

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As for the Double-A affiliate of the White Sox – the Birmingham Barons, they also wrapped up their regular season on Monday with a 4-3 loss to the Pensacola Blue Whaoos.

For the Barons, Rangel Ravelo led the team in batting average at .309 and 65 RBIs. Trayce Thompson led the Barons with 86 runs, 16 home runs and 20 stolen bases.

On the mound, the pitching wins leader were Nestor Molina and Kevin Vance with seven wins each.

Mike Recchia totaled 87 strikeouts to lead the Barons, and Chris Beck was the leader for Birmingham in ERA (3.39) and WHIP (1.26).

The Barons finished with an overall record of 31-39.

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