White Sox Minor League update: Mitchell finding his groove


White Sox Minor League update: Mitchell finding his groove

Class AAA Charlotte Knights

Right hander Jhan Martinez saw minimal action in his relief role this week. Martinez threw a total of 2.3 innings in two appearances. He only allowed one run on two hits in his two innings of work. With a fastball lingering at 98 mph and an active two-seamer around 92, if Martinez can develop his third and fourth pitches (slider and change-up), he could be an ideal set-up man for the Sox somewhere down the road.

Class AA Birmingham Barons

Speedy outfielder Jared Mitchel is starting to find his groove, but only in doses. Mitchell was 6-for-24 (.250) last week with three extra base hits, a homerun and four RBIs. He has made it clear that once on base, Mitchells speed is his greatest weapon. His .384 OBP is not off the charts but it is getting better. Another significant improvement is his approach at the plate. He only struck out twice last week which is a good sign, coming off a 2011 season where he recorded an astronomical 183 Ks. Mitchell has shown substantial vulnerability when facing left-handed pitching, something he must focus on rectifying. My only concern with Mitchell other than the sustainability of his health is his streaky tendencies as he needs to find a way to become a more consistent hitter on a day-to-day basis.

Coming off of two excellent starts, Simon Castro slipped a bit in his progress this past week. In his two starts, Castro was touched up for nine runs on 18 hits and went 0-1 in 12 innings pitched. On the plus side, Castro did manage to fan 13 batters and only walked three. It looks like he is starting to manage the control issues scouts were concerned with. Castro did have a 6.75 ERA over the two starts raising his season total to 4.26.

Class A Winston-Salem Dash

Some consider Trayce Thompson to be the top prospect in the White Sox organization and he is finding a way to get things done. No, his stats do not jump off the page at you, but it is the intangibles that have set him apart this season. Last week, Thompson went 7-for-25 (.280) with three extra base hits, a homer, four runs and seven RBIs including the game winner on May 18th (team high 28 total). Thompson touts a .376 OBP with three swiped bags. His .234 average needs some improvement, but if he continues to find ways to drive in runs and score runs, scouts may not be as critical of his sub-par average.

Jake Petricka continued to dominate in his one start last week. In six innings pitched, he allowed one run on three hits while striking out six, with a .143 batting average against. He held Lynchburg to no runs through five, but due to the lack of run support early, Petricka was slapped with a no-decision. After a rocky start to the season, Petricka is beginning to right the ship and is moving up the charts of White Sox pitching prospects.

--Joe Musso also contributed to this article--

White Sox Talk Podcast: National media fails to recognize White Sox as 2005 champs


White Sox Talk Podcast: National media fails to recognize White Sox as 2005 champs

Chuck Garfien, Slavko Bekovic and Chris Kamka react to the national media blunders that failed to recognize the White Sox as 2005 World Series champions. 

Later, the guys discuss Jerry Reinsdorf's comments about cheering for the Cubs and break down what it takes to beat the Indians. 

Check out the latest edition of the White Sox Talk Podcast below: 

White Sox: Chris Getz's new player development role is to carry out 'vision of the scouts'

White Sox: Chris Getz's new player development role is to carry out 'vision of the scouts'

He may be limited on experience, but Chris Getz already has a strong idea about player development.

Getz -- who on Friday was named the White Sox director of player development -- worked the past two seasons as an assistant to baseball operations in player development for the Kansas City Royals. A fourth-round pick of the White Sox in the 2005 amateur draft, Getz replaces Nick Capra, who earlier this month was named the team’s third-base coach. A quick learner whom a baseball source said the Royals hoped to retain, Getz described his new position as being “very task oriented.”

“(The job) is carrying out the vision of the scouts,” Getz said. “The players identified by the scouts and then they are brought in and it’s a commitment by both the player and staff members to create an environment for that player to reach their ceiling.

“It’s a daily process.”

Getz, a University of Michigan product, played for the White Sox in 2008 and 2009 before he was traded to the Royals in a package for Mark Teahen in 2010. Previously drafted by the White Sox in 2002, he described the organization as “something that always will be in my DNA.”

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Getz stayed in Kansas City through 2013 and began to consider a front-office career as his playing career wound down. His final season in the majors was with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2014.

Royals general manager Dayton Moore hired Getz as an assistant to baseball operations in January 2015 and he quickly developed a reputation as both highly intelligent and likeable, according to a club source.

“He is extremely well-regarded throughout the game, and we believe he is going to have a positive impact on the quality of play from rookie ball through Chicago,” GM Rick Hahn said.

Getz had as many as four assistant GMs ahead of him with the Royals, who couldn’t offer the same kind of position as the White Sox did. Getz spent the past week meeting with other members of the White Sox player development staff and soon will head to the team’s Dominican Republic academy. After that he’ll head to the Arizona Fall League as he becomes familiar with the department. Though he’s still relatively new, Getz knows what’s expected of his position.

“It’s focused on what’s in front of you,” Getz said. “Player development people are trying to get the player better every single day.”

“With that being said, the staff members need to be creative in their thinking. They need to be innovative at times. They need to know when to press the gas or pump the brakes. They need to be versatile in all these different areas.”