A Few Spring Training Opening Day Tidbits…
On Saturday, February 23, the Chicago White Sox took the field against the Los Angeles Dodgers in their first game of the 2013 Spring Training season. The White Sox received solid pitching from six players who spent the 2012 season in Fort Mill. They also got more than enough offense to beat the Dodgers by a score of 9-0.
Dylan Axelrod was very impressive in the game, as he started and went three shutout innings en route to the victory. The UC Irvine product struck out four batters on the day and could be in for another solid season.
A year ago, Axelrod made 16 starts for the Charlotte Knights and went 7-5 with a 2.88 ERA. He began the season with the Knights, but was promoted to the White Sox on three separate occasions. For the Sox, he posted a 2-2 mark with a 5.47 ERA (14 games, seven starts).
In 161 Minor League games, Axe owns a 31-18 record with a 2.89 ERA (511.1 innings). Stay tuned for more on Axelrod this spring.
Tyler Flowers also stood out on Saturday as he launched the first home run of the season for the Sox. Flowers, who will now be counted on as the White Sox everyday catcher, appeared in 52 games for the Sox last season. He hit .213 with seven home runs and 13 RBIs. His best month of the season came in August, when he batted .389 with four homers and eight RBIs.
Flowers, who was voted as one of the top five catchers in Knights Stadium history this offseason, is expected to take over the starting duties after A.J. Pierzynski departed as a free agent.
Seth Loman put up excellent numbers last season for Birmingham (Double-A) and went on to be named the team’s Player of the Year. Loman hit .276 with 16 home runs and 58 RBIs for the Barons, before a late-season promotion to Charlotte. He appeared in four regular season games for the Knights and also played for the club in the International League playoffs.
On Saturday, Loman, a non-roster invitee to spring camp, went 1-2 with a two-run home run.
Blake Tekotte, who was acquired this offseason in a trade with the San Diego Padres, walked and scored one of Chicago’s nine runs. Tekotte was dealt for 2012 Knights pitcher Brandon Kloess.
Former Knights: Kloess made his Padres debut on Friday and allowed two runs on two hits in one inning… Dan Johnson went 0-1 with a walk and a run scored in his Yankees debut on Saturday… Johnson was an IL Mid-Season and IL Postseason All-Star with the Knights last year… He hit 28 home runs with 85 RBIs last season for Charlotte before a September promotion to Chicago… Lucas Harrell started for the Astros in their game against the Phillies and allowed two runs on four hits over two innings on Saturday.
For more information, you can check out my game recap here:
White Sox Shut Out Dodgers 9-0.