Weekly report on White Sox minor league affiliates including links for daily results
Justin Morneau who signed a one-year, $1 million deal with the White Sox on June 9, began his rehab assignment with Class AAA Charlotte Knights on Monday. The White Sox are hopeful Morneau will be ready after the All-Star break, as the former MVP is recovering from elbow surgery he had in the offseason.
The White Sox are in desperate need of a left-handed hitter, and Morneau could help the team if he can return after the All-Star break. Morneau was the designated hitter for the Knights on Monday against the Pawtucket Red Sox. He went 0-for-2 in two at-bats.
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While the White Sox await the debut of Morneau this season, the team’s 2015 first round draft pick Carson Fulmer is continuing to improve for Class AA Birmingham Barons. Fulmer had another scoreless outing against the Biloxi Shuckers on July 1. Fulmer pitched seven scoreless innings with five strikeouts. Althoguh Fulmer walked four batters, this was his second consecutive start with seven innings pitched and no earned runs. Fulmer lowered his ERA to 4.83 on the season and has a 4-8 record as of Monday.
Another player for the Barons that has been impressive lately is Courtney Hawkins. Hawkins, the White Sox 2012 first round draft pick, has hit .300 in his last 10 games with two home runs and 13 runs batted in. Hawkins was able to raise his batting average to .235 through his last 10 games, and was also named Southern League Offensive Player of the Week for the week of June 20-June 26.
Hawkins still has a long way to go before he can become a viable option in the outfield with the White Sox. If he can continue to get hits and limit his strikeouts, he can possibly get a promotion to Charlotte.
The White Sox are still getting contributions from their recent draft picks, and two of their recent draft picks have won awards over the past week. Zack Collins, the team’s first round draft pick was awarded with the Johnny Bench Award on July 1 as the country’s best collegiate catcher. Zach Remillard, the White Sox 10th round pick became a national champion as his Coastal Carolina Chanticleers upset the Arizona Wildcats in the College World Series Final on June 30.
Alec Hansen, the White Sox second round draft pick from June contributed in a stellar showing last week. Hansen started his first game in the White Sox system for the Arizona League White Sox on June 30. The right-handed pitcher through two scoreless innings with one strikeout, and gave up just one hit.
Zack Burdi, the White Sox other first round pick at 26th overall has been impressive for Winston-Salem in his brief stint. On Sunday, the former Louisville Cardinal pitched a scoreless inning and according to a tweet from Dave Williams at Barstoll Sports, he hit 104 miles per hour on a fastball against the Wilmington Blue Rocks.
Burdi has pitched five innings for the Dash and owns a 5.40 ERA with four strikeouts and no walks. Video of his High-A debut on June 24 shows him hitting up to 102 miles per hour on his fastball.
Results and box scores for each White Sox affiliate will be added below. Page will be updated daily with links to results for each affiliate. Click on hyperlink to view full box score.