The Chicago White Sox very well might be the hottest team in baseball right now but with a veteran roster the future may be coming faster than most fans would like. Lets take a look at how some of the White Sox prospects fared this past week in our White Sox minor league wrap up.
Dylan Axelrod got only one start last week in the second game of the Charlotte Knights double header on Thursday, May 24. He threw seven innings allowing two runs on four hits. Axelrod was flat out dealing and only threw two bad pitches all night but unfortunately both of them found their way into the seats. He also fanned five on the way to his fourth victory of the season. Axelrod is now 4-2 with 52 strikeouts and a 2.36 ERA.
Birmingham Barons shortstop and highly touted prospect Tyler Saladino has been struggling to find a groove as of late. In 28 at-bats last week, Saladino only recorded four hits (.143). He was held to one run and one extra base hit all week. In seven games Saladino struck out 10 times with three multiple K games. His recent struggles at the dish have lowered his season average to a less than desirable .232.
Simon Castro has been the top-pitching prospect for the Barons and quite possibly the entire minor league organization this season. He started two games and put forth two completely different performances. In his first appearance Castro was touched up for six runs on 10 hits in six innings of work and he was credited with the loss. Six days later the dominant Castro was back. He threw eight superb innings, surrendering only one run on three hits with a .111 batting average against on his way to recording the victory
Another chapter was added to the ever-changing story line of Jared Mitchell this week and it might be one that helped him turn the corner in his development. Mitchell went 10-for-20 (.500) last week with three runs scored, four RBIs, and two home runs. It appears as if Mitchell is finally getting comfortable at the plate again coming off an Achilles injury two springs ago. He is still battling with an over-eagerness at the plate. He walked nine times last week, which tells us, he is becoming more patient in his approach but he still has a high strikeout rate, which is something he needs to improve upon down the road.
Jacob Petricka has been a solid starter all season long and it appeared as if his Friday start would be another opportunity for him to grow. Plans were cut short when the fourth pitch of the game was turned around and lined directly off Petrickas throwing elbow. He left the game and later that night tweeted that it felt like he threw 200 pitches not four.
For some reason he tried coming back for his next start three days later on a sore elbow and short rest. Needless to say his outing did not go as planned and was once again cut short, this time due to poor performance. Petricka went 2 13 and gave up six runs on 11 hits.
The Kannapolis Intimidators sit 13.5 games back in the South Atlantic League Northern division but third baseman Rangel Ravelo is doing everything in his power to help his team climb back into contention. Ravelo went 7-for-19 (.368) last week with a .458 OBP. His run production may not be where he wants it to be yet but Ravelo is doing everything he can at the plate to find his way on base.
Joe Musso contributed to this report