Tagged: Minor Leagues

Scouting the competition II

I mentioned over the winter that Baseball America lists only 1 White Sox prospect in their top 50, and that he didn’t count, because he is Bobby Jenks, who is well established at the big-league level. So the future for the Evil People isn’t all that bright, right?

So much for the experts.

The Evil People’s class AAA affiliate is the Charlotte Knights. I only get to follow them on radio and by the paper, since they play in a stadium across the state line in the middle of nowhere. But suffice it to say that they are making a mockery of the International League. They are 24-6, easily the best record in the IL, with a 7-game lead on the Durham Bulls already. They started May by beating the brains out of Buffalo, sweeping a 4-game set and outscoring the Bisons 37-20 in the process. Four Knights are ranked 17th or higher in batting average. Casey Rogowski is their best hitter – in 26 games, he has 30 hits, 14 runs scored, a .323 average and 3 homers. His one flaw is that he has struck out 25 times.

While I like seeing the local boys make good, I can’t totally root for them because of who their parent club is. We’ll see if they stay this hot.

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Scouting the competition

Since I live in Charlotte, I get to watch the next generation of White Sox. The Charlotte Knights are their AAA team. If you follow the Bisons, you see the Knights a couple times a year, both teams being in the International League. I get to watch them closely.

Last year they were good or bad, depending on which way the wind was blowing. I’ll keep close tabs on them to see how much hope the White Sox have for the future.

I might just buy a Bisons jersey and get to a Knights-Bisons game. I’d root for the Bisons, of course. Have I ever mentioned I’m an antagonist?