White Sox A (Adv) player of the month: 3B Trey Michalczewski

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When the Chicago White Sox traded closer Addison Reed to the Arizona Diamondbacks for third baseman Matt Davidson, the consensus at the time was that the team had finally found a long-term answer at the position.

Fast forward to today and it is no secret that Davidson has done little to get himself promoted to the major leagues. Coming into this season, Baseball America had Davidson now ranked as the White Sox second best third base prospect in the organization.

The first? Trey Michalczewski.

Michalczewski, a seventh round pick in 2013, is a switch-hitter with a smooth swing and some pop. He is also a former high school quarterback so the arm at third is not an issue.

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Last season with Kannapolis (A) Michalczewski hit .273/.348/.433 with 10 home runs and 70 RBIs. He also struck out 140 times in those 116 games. He would go on to struggle later in the year with a promotion to Winston-Salem (A Adv).

The brief 19-game stint with Winston-Salem has proven to be good for Michalczewski this season, especially over the last month.

In the month of May, Michalczewski hit .265/.352/.496 with five home runs, 22 RBIs and 21 runs scored.

His best game last month came on May 9th when Winston-Salem defeated the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (Chicago Cubs affiliate) 6-1. Michalczewski went 3-3 with a walk, triple, stolen base, four RBIs and this opposite field home run.

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For the season, the 20 year old Michalczewski is hitting .254/.335/.434 with six home runs, 32 RBIs and 29 runs scored (all top five among Carolina League players).

Honorable mention

In the offseason, the White Sox signed first baseman Chris Jacobs to a minor league deal. At age 26, he is a career minor leaguer and has never played above Single-A Adv.

He is coming off of a season where he hit a career best 25 home runs with the Los Angeles Dodgers Single-A Adv affiliate.

This season he has continued his strong play, especially over the last month. During that time, he hit .314/.391/.441 with one home run, 14 RBIs and 10 runs scored.

His best game of the month came on May 11th in a loss to the Pelicans. Jacobs went 3-4 with a double, two RBIs and a run scored.

Overall this season, he is hitting .288/.370/.394 with two home runs, 20 RBIs and 19 runs scored. He has also not committed an error in 18 games at first base this season.

Single A Adv player notes

Outfielders Keenyn Walker (25 SB) and Adam Engel (21 SB) are first and third respectively in the Carolina League for stolen bases…. The White Sox have been waiting of the power of first baseman Keon Barnum to surface since they drafted him in 2012. This season before getting injured, he had two home runs in 31 games.

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