Monday Madness — Sox Fall Again
The Chicago White Sox hosted the Oakland A’s on Monday in game nine of their spring training schedule. Unfortunately, the results were much of the same, as the Sox lost by a score of 9-4.
Trayce Thompson (pictured, far right)
Thompson enjoyed a breakout 2011 campaign with Single-A Kannapolis. The 20-year-old phenom launched a career-best 24 home runs and drove-in 84 RBIs last season. The former second-round pick of the White Sox in 2009, was sharp at the plate on Monday.
Thompson went 2-2 at the dish and raised his spring average to .750 (3-4) over five games. He also has a double, a run, a stolen base, and has drawn two walks this spring.
Success and athleticism are in his blood. His father is former L.A. Lakers star Mychal Thomspon, and he is the brother of two current NBA players — Mychel and Klay.
Currently, Trayce is ranked as the fourth-best prospect in the White Sox organization by Baseball America and is rated as the Best Power Hitter in Chicago’s Minor League system.
Other News & Notes from Monday’s games:
Alejandro De Aza started in center field and was the leadoff hitter for the Sox on Monday. He finished the contest with two hits and currently has five hits this spring. He’s hitting .313 with two runs scored, an RBI, and a stolen base in six games.
Brent Morel went 1-3 with a run scored. Morel is hitting a whopping .500 (9-18) this spring and has been one of the hottest hitters for the Sox in Arizona. The former Knights infielder looks to be on the right track as the regular season nears.
Hector Santiago continued his dominance on the mound this spring. Santiago, 24, walked one and struck-out two batters in one shutout inning on Monday. In five games this season, Santiago is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and five strikeouts over five innings pitched.
Leyson Septimo tossed his second-straight scoreless outing. The young left-hander has not allowed a run in 3.1 innings this spring.
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