From the South to the South Side…
When J.B. Shuck was recalled to the Chicago White Sox on August 3, it was the 29th time a player was on his way to the Windy City in 2016. Shuck is just the latest in a slew of promotions to Chicago from Charlotte this season. In fact, a total of 18 different Knights have earned a promotion to Chicago this season.
The first player promoted to the White Sox in 2016 from the Knights was RHP Erik Johnson, who has since been traded by the organization to San Diego. At the time of his promotion, Johnson was tied for ninth all-time in franchise history with Mike Porzio in wins (20) and seventh in franchise history in strikeouts (268). He was the 2015 International League Most Valuable Pitcher.
Later in the month of April, catcher Kevan Smith earned his first promotion to the majors. On April 24, Smith, who was hitting .345 (10-for-29) with two home runs and six RBIs at the time of his promotion (nine games with the Knights), was recalled to take the roster spot of catcher Alex Avila, who was placed on Chicago’s DL.
Smith never made his major league debut. The Pittsburgh, PA native was in Chicago’s starting lineup on Monday, April 25, but was scratched just hours before the game due to back spasms. He has since returned to the Knights and has yet to make his debut.
Over the next five days, five more players were recalled to Chicago. RHP Miguel Gonzalez was recalled on April 25, catcher Hector Sanchez on April 26, RHP Daniel Webb on April 27, infielder Carlos Sanchez on April 28, and RHP Tommy Kahnle on April 29. In all, seven players went to Chicago in April.
In May, Johnson, Gonzalez, and Kahnle were recalled again, while RHP Scott Carroll, Matt Purke, and Shuck, also earned call-ups to the White Sox.
One month later, outfielder Jason Coats had his contract purchased on June 4 and made his major league debut that same day. Coats was sent back to Charlotte (June 7) and then back to Chicago (June 10), and is now back with Charlotte (since July 15). Four other players earned promotions in July, including shortstop Tim Anderson, RHP Michael Ynoa, RHP Chris Beck, and 3B Matt Davidson.
Davidson earned the promotion to Chicago on the same day he found out he was named as a 2016 International League All-Star. The home-run hitting third baseman, who led the IL in home runs a season ago (23), fractured his foot in his first game with the Sox and was placed on their 15-day DL. He’s currently on Chicago’s 60-day disabled list after undergoing surgery.
For Anderson, the 22-year-old earned his first promotion. The prized prospect quickly became White Sox everyday shortstop and he has shined on the South Side of Chicago.
In July, catcher Omar Narvaez, RHP Jacob Turner, and RHP Anthony Ranaudo all earned promotions. Narvaez and Turner are still playing for the White Sox, Ranaudo, has returned, but not before making headlines.
The 26-year-old right-hander started for the White Son July 23 and not only was sharp on the hill, but he even launched his first professional hit — a home run.
Here is a list of the players promoted to Chicago this season with the date(s) of their promotion in parenthesis.
1. RHP Erik Johnson (April 19, May 5 & May 23)
2. C Kevan Smith (April 24)
3. RHP Miguel Gonzalez (April 25 & May 9)
4. C Hector Sanchez (April 26)
5. RHP Daniel Webb (April 27)
6. INF Carlos Sanchez (April 28, July 1, July 24 & July 27)
7. RHP Tommy Kahnle (April 29, May 5, May 23 & June 3)
8. RHP Scott Carroll (May 6)
9. LHP Matt Purke (May 13),
10. OF J.B. Shuck (May 30 & August 3)
11. OF Jason Coats (June 4 & June 10)
12. SS Tim Anderson (June 10)
13. RHP Michael Ynoa (June 14)
14. RHP Chris Beck (June 21)
15. 3B Matt Davidson (June 30)
16. C Omar Narvaez (July 6)
17. RHP Jacob Turner (July 17)
18. RHP Anthony Ranaudo (July 24)
With the calendar turning to August, who will be the next player promoted to the White Sox. Stay tuned!