Fulmer, Morneau Join Sox for Second Half

Friday, July 15, 2016

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. the Angels at Angels Stadium, Anaheim (9:05 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and six-game road trip that continues with three in Seattle as the Good Guys begin the traditional second half of the season. Starting Pitchers Miguel Gonzalez (2-4, 4.39) for the Sox, LHP Hector Santiago (6-4, 4.58) for the Halos.

Roster Bolstered

The White Sox’ top pitching prospect and last year’s first-round draft pick Carson Fulmer and former American League MVP Justin Morneau will be with the Sox as the second half commences in Anaheim.

The two additions replace RHP Chris Beck, who was optioned to Class AAA Charlotte before the All-Star break, and OF Jason Coats, who heads back to the Knights, on the 25-man roster.

Morneau, 35, agreed to terms with the White Sox on a one-year contract on June 9 and was placed on the disabled list to continue his recovery from offseason surgery to repair the primary flexor in his left elbow. He appeared in eight games with Charlotte and Birmingham on his rehab assignment.

Morneau, 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds, is a career .282 hitter with 335 doubles, 241 home runs, 960 RBI and 756 runs scored in 1,487 games over 13 major-league seasons with Minnesota (2003- 13), Pittsburgh (2013) and Colorado (2014-15). From 2005-15, he ranked seventh in the majors among left-handed hitters in doubles (314) and RBI (886) and 13th with 218 homers.

Morneau batted .310 with 10 doubles, three homers and 15 RBI in 49 games with the Rockies in 2015 and led the National League with a .319 batting average in 2014.

Fulmer, 22, went 4-9 with a 4.76 ERA and 90 strikeouts over 17 starts with Class AA Birmingham this season. He ranks fourth in the Southern League in strikeouts per 9.0 IP (9.31) and sixth in strikeouts and limited left-handers to a .212 average. Over his last three starts, Fulmer was 1-1 with a 0.95 ERA and 22 strikeouts, including a streak of 15.0 consecutive scoreless IP from June 26-July 6.

The 6-foot, 195-pound Fulmer, who entered the season ranked by Baseball America as the No. 2 Prospect and possessing the Best Curveball in the White Sox organization, threw 1.0 scoreless IP for the United States at the All-Star Futures game last Sunday in San Diego.

Fulmer was selected by the Sox in the first round (eighth overall) of First-Year Player Draft out of Vanderbilt University. He is the first player from the 2015 draft to reach the major leagues.

Team Leaders at the All-Star Break

Home Runs: Todd Frazier, 25; RBI: Frazier, 57; Batting Average: Melky Cabrera, .297 (Tim Anderson is hitting .304, but doesn’t have enough plate appearances to qualify); Runs: Frazier, 51; Stolen Bases: Adam Eaton, 10; Wins: Chris Sale, 14; ERA: Jose Quintana, 3.21; Saves: David Robertson, 23; Strikeouts: Sale, 123; WHIP: Sale, 1:04.

Midseason Highlights

Quote of the Day

Robin, assessing the 45-43 Sox as they head into the second half (via Scott Merkin, whitesox.com):

“It was good, then it was bad, then it started getting good again. It’s that simple–we were playing good baseball, then we didn’t play good baseball, and now we’re playing better baseball.

“For these guys, they put that out of their mind, and now you’re just, you’re continuing to go every day. Every day is a new day. Once you’ve lived through it, you can see that the sun comes up the next day and you get back after it.”

Sox Notes of Note

Belated birthday wishes to both Robin and Steve Stone, who celebrated yesterday…Former Sox slugger Jim Thome, a former Charlotte Knight in the Indians organization, has been inducted into the inaugural class of the Charlotte Baseball Roundtable of Honor along with his former hitting coach and manager Charlie Manuel.

Sox Fan Burdi Working his Way Up the Ladder

http://www.wdrb.com/story/32448520/bozich-zack-burdi-louisvilles-resilient-closer-two-steps-from-the-white-sox

From the Farm: Great Falls’ Brady Conlan

http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20160714&content_id=189536270&fext=.jsp&vkey=news_milb&sid=milb

Next Up

Tomorrow: White Sox vs. Angels at Angels Stadium (8:05 p.m. CT, CSN) in the middle game of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: RHP James Shields (2-3, 7.68) for the Sox, RHP Matt Shoemaker (4-9, 4.45) for L.A.

Sunday: White Sox vs. Angels at Angels Stadium (2:35 p.m. CT, WGN). Starting Pitchers: TBA for the Sox, RHP Jered Weaver (7-7, 5.27) for L.A.

Photo of the Day

Buddies No More: Sale and Mike Trout were teammates on the victorious American League squad at the All-Star Game. This weekend they’ll be back rooting against each other.

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