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Top Prospects Erik Johnson and Marcus Semien Make Big-League Debuts Tonight in The Bronx

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs Yankees at Yankee Stadium (6:05 p.m., CT, WGN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: RHP Erik Johnson–who will be making his first major-league appearance–for the Sox, LHP CC Sabathia (12-11, 4.91) for New York. This year’s Southern League MVP Marcus Semien, who finished the season at Class AAA Charlotte, also makes his big-league debut at third base.

As I posted yesterday, Johnson and Semien were teammates on the Cal-Berkeley team that made it to the 2011 College World Series. Now, both are playing their first games in the majors side-by-side with the Sox.

Johnson, 23, combined to go 12-3 with a 1.96 ERA (31 ER/142.0 IP), three complete games and 131 strikeouts over 24 starts between Charlotte and Class AA Birmingham this season.  The 6-foot-3, 235-pound Johnson was named to the Southern League All-Star Team after going 8-2 with a 2.23 ERA (21 ER/84.2 IP) and 74 strikeouts with the Barons.  He went 4-1 with a 1.57 ERA (10 ER/57.1 IP) and 57 strikeouts in 10 starts (seven quality) with the Knights.

The Mountain View, CA native limited righthanders to a .190 average (53-179) and just one home run in 2013.  Johnson entered the 2013 season rated by Baseball America as the No. 4 Prospect and possessing the Best Slider in the White Sox organization.  He originally was selected in the second round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft.

Semien (SIM-ee-in), 22, combined to hit .284 (147-518) with 32 doubles, six triples, 19 home runs, 66 RBI, 110 runs scored and 24 stolen bases over 137 games between Charlotte and Birmingham.  He appeared in 73 games at shortstop, 41 at second base and 23 at third.

The 6-foot-1,190-pound Semien was named Southern League Most Valuable Player after ranking among the league leaders in runs scored (1st, 90), on-base percentage (1st, .420), slugging percentage (2nd, .483), average (3rd, .290) and walks (3rd, 84).  He reached base in 26 consecutive games with the Barons from June 29-July 28, batting .372 (35-94) with seven home runs, 18 RBI and 28 runs scored during the streak.  Semien was promoted to Charlotte on July 31 and hit .264 (33-125) with four homers and 17 RBI.

The San Francisco native entered the 2013 season rated by Baseball America as the No. 14 Prospect in the Sox system.  Semien originally was selected in the sixth round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft.

Sox Starting Lineup: DeAza, CF; Beckham, 2B; Ramirez, SS; Konerko, DH; Garcia, RF; Keppinger, 1B; Viciedo, LF; Phegley, C; Semien, 3B.

Happy Hawk Day

Happy Birthday to Hawk Harrelson, now in his 29th season as a Sox TV broadcaster. You can put it on the board…YESSS!!

Hector Visits Fan Cave

Here’s Hector Santiago having a ball on the Home Run Slide today at the MLB Fan Cave in New York.

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It’s Getting Closer to Zapata Time

The Sox made news in July by signing the righthanded-hitting Dominican Republic outfielder Micker Adolfo Zapata, MLB.com‘s No. 2 ranked international player.

Zapata, only 16, will begin his highly-anticipated career in earnest later this month during the instructional league at the Sox’s spring training facility at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Arizona.

Sox Assistant GM Buddy Bell, in a story on whitesox.com by Scott Merkin, indicated that Zapata will play with the Sox’s Arizona Fall League team next year and will be assigned to Advanced Rookie Bristol or Great Falls the following season.

Quote(s) of the Day

Erik and Marcus on their big nights:

* Johnson on making his first start at Yankee Stadium: “If you ever wanted to start somewhere in your major league debut, this would be it.”

* Semien on being called up to the majors for the first time:  “I was really excited. It’s every ballplayer’s dream. Now you do what you can to try to stay here.”

Play(s) of the Day

Chris Sale went 7.1 innings, allowing just two earned runs and five hits with six strikeouts in last night’s 6-4 loss to the Yankees…Alejandro De Aza went 3-4 with a solo homer and two runs scored…Alexei Ramirez tripled in a pair of runs.

De Aza’s seventh-inning homer: 

http://atmlb.com/17LO0bk

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (7-5, 3.69) for the Sox, RHP Miguel Gonzalez (8-7, 4.11) for the O’s.

Did You Know…

…that the Sox have played 49 one-run and 21 extra-inning games this season, both the highest totals in the major leagues?

Photo of the Day

Johnson and Semien: Two Cal Bears-turned-major-league-starters:

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Sale Looks to Continue his Mastery over Yankees

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Yankees at Yankee Stadium (6:05 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (10-12, 2.99) for the Sox, RHP Hiroki Kuroda (11-10, 2.89) for New York. Chris and the Sox defeated Kuroda and the Yanks in the second game of last month’s sweep in Chicago as he allowed one earned run on five hits in 7.1 innings. He is 2-0 with a miniscule 0.49 ERA in five career games (two starts) against New York. 

Against the Astros in his last start, Chris allowed only one run on four hits over eight innings. He struck out 12 and walked a pair in the Sox’s 6-1 victory. 

Overall, Sale ranks among the American League leaders in numerous categories, including complete games (1st, 4), strikeouts (4th, 193), quality starts (T4th, 20), opponents average (6th, .228) and ERA (7th).

Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, LF; Beckham, 2B; Ramirez, SS; Dunn, DH; Konerko,1B; A. Garcia, CF; Gillaspie, 3B; Jor. Danks, RF; Phegley, C.

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New Arrivals

Four more players have been promoted to the Sox as rosters expand this month. Joining Charlie Leesman (who pitched in relief on Sunday in Boston) and catcher Bryan Anderson (who made his Sox debut yesterday) are infielder Marcus Semien, starting pitcher Erik Johnson, reliever Daniel Webb and catcher Miguel Gonzalez, all of whom were at Class AAA Charlotte. To make room on the 40-man roster, Tyler Flowers and pitcher Brian Omogrosso were moved to the 60-day disabled list. 

Take a look at…

Semien:

http://wapc.mlb.com/play?content_id=30193573&topic_id=8878818

Johnson:

http://wapc.mlb.com/play?content_id=30188361&topic_id=8878818

Webb:

http://wapc.mlb.com/play?content_id=30281903&topic_id=8878818

More on Semien, 2013 Southern League MVP

http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130903&content_id=59411010&fext=.jsp&vkey=news_t247&sid=t247

Play of the Day

Paulie hit his 10th home run of the season and 432nd of his career in yesterday’s loss to the Yankees. The solo homer moved him past Cal Ripken Jr. into 44th place on the all-time list.

Quote of the Day

PK on passing Ripken Jr. (via Dan Hayes, csnchicago.com):

“As a kid growing up the beginning of my career was the end of his career. He’s the model of how you want to do it out there. So that’s kind of cool. He played a long time. Being a shortstop puts in perspective his offensive capabilities, and also playing short is a little different than me. But any time you get mentioned with guys like that it’s a cool thing.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs Yankees at Yankee Stadium (6:05 p.m., CT, WGN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: Erik Johnson (who will be making his first major league appearance) for the Sox, LHP CC Sabathia (12-11, 4.91) for New York.

Did You Know…

…that Marcus Semien and Erik Johnson were teammates on the University of California-Berkeley team that reached the 2011 College World Series?

Photo/Video of the Day

Paulie goes deep.

http://atmlb.com/173QOha

Twin Bill

Friday, August 9, 2013

Today’s News

The Games

White Sox vs. Twins in a split doubleheader at U.S. Cellular Field. The extra game is a makeup contest that was originally scheduled for April 19, but postponed due to inclement weather.

Game 1 (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN)–Starters: LHP John Danks (2-9, 4.52) for the Sox, RHP Kyle Gibson (2-3, 6.69) for the Twins.

Sox Lineup (first game): De Aza, LF; Beckham 2B; Ramirez, SS; Dunn DH, Konerko 1B; Gillaspie, 3B; Jor. Danks, RF; Flowers C; Tekotte, CF.

This is the first major-league game with both Danks brothers in the Sox starting lineup.

Game 2 (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN)–Starters: LHP Charlie Leesman will be making his big-league debut for the Sox, RHP Liam Hendriks (0-1, 4.66) for Minnesota.

Sox Trade Rios

The Sox have traded outfielder Alex Rios and cash considerations to the Texas Rangers in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Avisail Garcia, acquired from the Tigers in the Jake Peavy deal, is on his way to Chicago to replace Rios on the active roster.

Who is Avisail Garcia?

Looking for some insight into the young outfielder who hopefully will make his Sox debut in Game 2 of the doubleheader? Here’s an interesting take from the Trib‘s David Haugh, which appeared in today’s paper before the Rios trade.

http://trib.in/13nCU5K

Play(s) of the Day

While the big club was taking a break from the rigors of their 162-game schedule, Charlotte’s Erik Johnson and Marcus Semien continued their outstanding seasons in a 3-2 victory over Lehigh Valley. Johnson, the White Sox’s highly-regarded pitching prospect, went seven strong innings, allowing just one run and four hits along with five strikeouts. Semien, the leadoff hitter and shortstop who was recently promoted from Class AA Birmingham and also is on the Sox’s top prospect list, blasted a two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth to put the Knights over the top.

Quote of the Day

Robin on Sox reliever Nate Jones:

“Jonesy’s come a long way from where the season started. I think he got off to a rough stretch confidence-wise, and he’s just come back. I don’t know if there’s anybody as confident in the league right now coming out of the bullpen and locking down an inning. Left, right, anything, it doesn’t matter. You want him in the game.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (3:05 p.m., CT, FOX). Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (0-0, 1.38) for the Sox, RHP Mike Pelfrey (4-9, 5.23) for Minnesota.

Did You Know…

…that Leesman was an 11th-round pick in the 2008 June draft, had an impressive 2.47 ERA in 26 starts last year and was rehabbing from ACL surgery this past spring? Robin has gotten “good reports” on Charlie and his current 3-1 record and 3.47 ERA in 13 starts, which is the reason he’s getting the nod tonight.

Sox Note of Note

Casper Wells was claimed on waivers by the Phillies. Outfielder Blake Tekotte has been recalled from Charlotte to replace him on the active roster.

Photo of the Day

We are looking for more of this vs. the Twins in the upcoming four-game weekend series:

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