White Sox Beat A’s 10-4…
It was a beautiful sunny day in Uptown Charlotte on Sunday. It felt like baseball weather. With less than a month to go before the Knights open BB&T Ballpark with an exhibition game against the Chicago White Sox, it was nice to get the feeling that baseball season is near.
It was also nice to finally sit down and watch a White Sox Spring Training game, which I took advantage of on Sunday.
The White Sox traveled to Mesa, Arizona to take on the Oakland A’s. As I have been following the White Sox this spring, I have also been keeping my eyes on the A’s, who have a number of former Charlotte Knights on their team — Josh Phegley, Marcus Semien, Bryan Anderson, and Chris Bassitt (who was on the Knights roster last season but never appeared in a game for the team).
While the only former Knights player on the A’s to get into the game was Anderson, the real focus of the day was to watch the White Sox and a number of former Charlotte Knights in action.
Let’s take a look a some notable names from Sunday’s White Sox vs. A’s Spring Training game:
Tyler Saladino — (2-for-3, 1 R, 1 RBI)
Saladino was back in action for the White Sox and had two hits in his three at-bats. A seventh round pick of the White Sox in the 2010 draft out of Oral Roberts University, Saladino was in the midst of a career year with the Knights last season before a season-ending injury in July.
Named to the International League All-Star Team to represent Charlotte in Durham, it was an injury to his throwing arm — which put an end to his impressive season. He never got a chance to play in the All-Star Game.
Overall, Saladino hit .310 with 16 doubles, four triples, nine home runs, and 43 RBIs in 82 games for the Knights before having Tommy John surgery.
Trayce Thompson — (2-for-2)
There has been a ton of talk lately about Thompson — much of it coming about his brother Klay — who has put together an impressive season in the NBA. Still, Thompson has surely made his own headlines in the White Sox system since being drafted by the club in second round of the 2009 draft.
In six Minor League seasons, Thompson has slugged 88 home runs in 630 games. He hit 31 home runs for the Double-A Barons over the past two years and will look to continue his offensive output as he works his way through the system.
He got a brief taste of Triple-A Baseball in 2012 with the Knights (six games). Thompson enters the 2015 season ranked as the 18th best prospect in the White Sox system by Baseball America. He entered last year ranked as the seventh-best prospect. He turns 24 years old later this month and could be on the verge of a true breakout campaign this year.
Others of note on Sunday:
Micah Johnson (0-for-3, R, BB)
Carlos Sanchez (1-for-2, 2 RBI)
Jared Mitchell (0-1, R, BB)
Courtney Hawkins (1-for-3, R, RBI)
Chris Beck (2.0 IP, 4 H, ER, SO)
Jake Petricka (1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 SO)
Dan Jennings (1.0 IP, H, R)