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White Sox Triple-A prospect Tim Anderson earns batter of week honors

White Sox Triple-A prospect Tim Anderson earns batter of week honors

If he continues to put together weeks similar to the last, Triple-A shortstop Tim Anderson should reach the majors this season.

As it is, general manager Rick Hahn said in spring training he wouldn’t be surprised if Anderson, the team’s top prospect according to Baseball America, contributed to the big league club this season. However, Hahn also stressed patience with Anderson, 22, who is in his third full professional season, given how inexperienced he was when they drafted him out of community college in 2013.

Staying patient could be hard for the White Sox if Anderson -- named the International League batter of the week Monday after he .432 with three home runs and six RBIs in eight games -- continues to perform like this.

“He certainly has the ability and the raw talent,” Hahn said. “At the same time, when we drafted this kid out of a junior college only a couple years removed from playing basketball primarily as opposed to baseball, we felt that he was going to be a level-to-level guy and spend if not a full season, close to a full season at each level. If we were to stick with that original plan then he's slated for Charlotte this year. The good ones have a way of forcing that timeframe up a little bit and Tim's certainly in our opinion is one of the good ones. So we'll see what happens.”

Much like most of the Knights’ offense, Anderson got out to a slow start at Charlotte. His OPS currently stands at .672 even after a fantastic week in which he scored 12 runs, had five multi-hit games and homered in three straight games.

Anderson has a .761 career OPS, with 99 extra-base hits and 91 steals in 1,365 professional plate appearances. He spent all of the 2013 season at Single-A Kannapolis and the majority of 2014 at Single-A Winston-Salem. He received a late promotion in 2014 to Double-A Birmingham and stayed there for all of the 2015 season. 

Chris Volstad earns first MLB victory in five seasons as White Sox top Astros

Chris Volstad earns first MLB victory in five seasons as White Sox top Astros

HOUSTON -- Two weeks ago Chris Volstad was focused on Hurricane Irma prep when the White Sox called to invite him to the majors. On Thursday night, he earned his first major league victory in more than five years as the White Sox defeated the Houston Astros 3-1 at Minute Maid Park.

Volstad, who had only made 10 big league appearances the previous four-plus seasons and spent all of 2017 at Triple-A Charlotte, allowed a run in 4 1/3 innings to pick up his first win since Sept. 10, 2012.

He hadn’t just shut it down after the Triple-A season ended, Volstad was actually shuttering his Jupiter, Fla. home and business the day the short-handed White Sox called.

“I was probably a little mentally shut down,” Volstad said. “But yeah, it’s kind of crazy how things can change. I guess it’s been about two weeks now. At home getting ready for a hurricane and then getting called back up to the big leagues.”

Volstad received word he might pitch early in Thursday’s game when a blister on Carson Fulmer’s right index finger worsened. Fulmer felt some discomfort after his Friday start at Detroit.

The White Sox let Fulmer try to go but yanked him after 20 pitches, including two walks. That brought out Volstad, who along with Al Alburquerque was promoted Sept. 10 after the White Sox lost several pitchers to injury.

The White Sox actually had to track Volstad down two weeks ago as he’d already been home for a week. He spent part of the time prepping for Irma, including boarding up his brewery.

He escaped a first-inning jam with a double play ball of the bat of Carlos Correa and ended a threat in the second with a pickoff at second base of Alex Bregman. After he surrendered a solo homer to Brian McCann in the third, Volstad retired the final eight men he faced.

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He was awarded his first victory since he defeated Thursday’s Astros starter Dallas Keuchel 1,836 days ago here. Volstad remembered the win because Houston was still in the National League and he had a base hit in the five-inning start for the Cubs. He went 3-12 for the Cubs that season.

“You’re able to lock it in pretty quickly and get focused at the big-league level, you have to,” Volstad said. “But being home in Triple-A for the last few years, just getting called up about 10 days ago, I’ve got people following it, but it’s kind of unknown I guess. It’s a little surprising, but I’m glad to be a part of a team for sure.”

Fulmer, Volstad, Jace Fry, Mike Pelfrey, Gregory Infante, Aaron Bummer, Danny Farquhar and Juan Minaya combined on a three-hitter for the White Sox. Tim Anderson extended his hit streak to 12 games with a ninth-inning solo homer, his 17th.

White Sox add two cross checkers to amateur scouting department

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White Sox add two cross checkers to amateur scouting department

The White Sox hired two new national amateur scouting cross checkers, Tim Bittner and Juan Alvarez.

Bittner was a one-time White Sox farmhand who was included in a package for Scott Schoeneweis in 2003 while Alvarez was an undrafted pitcher who pitched in 80 major league games for the Angels, Rangers and Marlins from 1999-2003.

Bittner previously worked as a Houston Astros area scout while Alvarez held the same role for the Cleveland Indians. They replace Joe Siers, who moved over to the team’s pro scouting staff, and Mike Ledna, who took a job with the New York Mets.

“Both are very smart guys with playing experience,” amateur scouting director Nick Hostetler said. “And they’re also coming from two clubs with a lot of recent success.

“I want to add as many smart, passionate, high-energy scouts to what I feel is a department already filled with scouts that check those boxes.”

The White Sox expect to have at least a top-four selection in the 2018 amateur draft. They headed into Thursday’s game with the second-worst record in the majors. Hostetler praised the 2018 draft class for its depth earlier this week.