Before being drafted by the Chicago White Sox, Jake Peter was known more for his pitching than his hitting. As a pitcher, he featured a mid-90s fastball that proved effective as a reliever.
He could also hit pretty well so when he wasn’t pitching, he played second base. When the White Sox drafted him in seventh round of the 2014 amateur draft, he wasted no time with the bat.
While playing rookie ball in the Pioneer League, Peter hit 388/.444/.579 in 37 games. He also struck out just 13 times in 152 at bats.
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He would go on to be promoted to Class-A (Adv) Winston-Salem before the end of the year and hit just .236 in 23 games.
This season with Winston-Salem, he has been less overmatched, especially over the last month.
In June, Peter hit .313/.349/.490 with two home runs, 16 RBIs and 15 runs scored. He was also a perfect 3-3 in steal attempts.
His best game of the month came on June 6th when hit went 3-5 with two runs, three RBIs, a walk and a stolen base. He also had a 14-game hitting streak at one point in June that ended just one day after the ejection shown below.
Peter only went two games in June without a hit and has hit safely in every game he has played in since. He currently on an 11-game hit streak.
For the year, Peter is hitting .289/.354/.407 with three home runs, 39 RBIs and 41 runs scored. He is also 11-13 in stolen bases.
The White Sox acquired Omar Narvaez in AAA portion of the 2013 Rule-5 draft. Narvaez was originally signed by the Tampa Bay Rays in 2008 at 16 years old from Venezuela.
Everywhere he has been, he has shown the ability to hit for average and limit the oppositions running game. Narvaez is a career .286 hitter and has thrown out 43 percent of the runners who have attempted to steal on him.
This season has been more of the same for the young catcher and with his best play coming in June.
For the month, Narvaez hit .350/.444/.400 with five RBIs and 13 runs scored in 18 games. He had at least two or more hits in seven of those contests.
His best game came on June 6th when he went 4-5 with two RBIs and a run scored.
For the season, Narvaez is hitting .291/.351/.340 with one home run and 16 RBIs. He also has just as many walks (19) as strikeouts (19) and has gunned out 33 percent of runners attempting to steal.
Single-A (Adv) notes
Nolan Earley was another player who got some consideration for honorable mention. The 24 year old outfielder hit .304 with 11 RBIs in June…. Trey Michalczewski, Winston-Salem’s player of May, hit .302 with a home run and 12 RBIs in June…. After a strong April (316 average), Adam Engel has been struggling. From May 1st to today, his batting average has dropped 84 points to just .232.