White Sox notes: Semien, Johnson headed to Arizona Fall League

White Sox notes: Semien, Johnson headed to Arizona Fall League
August 27, 2013, 6:30 pm
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The White Sox plan to send a pair of enticing infielders to the Arizona Fall League in October.

The league’s rosters were announced Tuesday and included are Triple-A infielder Marcus Semien and Single-A second baseman Micah Johnson. Johnson, 22, leads all minor-leaguers with 83 stolen bases this season, 10 more than Cincinnati prospect Billy Hamilton.

Semien has showed a combination of power and speed and a good eye at the plate while switching between shortstop and second base at Triple-A Charlotte and Double-A Birmingham.

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Semien has a .279/.397/.474 slash line with 19 homers, 58 RBIs, 21 steals and a 93:86 walk to strikeout ratio.

Johnson has a .313/.377/.453 line with 24 doubles, 15 triples, six homers and 54 RBIs.

Also included on the team’s AFL roster are four pitchers: left-hander Charlie Leesman and righties Chris Bassitt, Stephen McCray and Kevin Vance.

Bassitt, a 16th-rounder in 2011, is 11-4 with a 3.06 ERA between Single-A and Birmingham this season. He has 134 strikeouts in 144 innings.

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McCray is 10-9 with a 3.33 ERA between Charlotte and Birmingham.

A 19th-round pick in 2011, Vance has a 4.11 ERA at Birmingham this season but also 81 strikeouts in 65 2/3 innings.

Leesman, who had knee surgery last October and debuted earlier this month for the Sox, is 4-3 with a 3.87 ERA in 16 starts at Charlotte.

All six and another to-be-determined player will play for the Glendale Desert Dogs. The league, which annually showcases some of baseball’s top prospects, runs from Oct. 8-Nov. 14.

Leury Garcia to start

Leury Garcia will make his first start for the White Sox on Tuesday as he is hitting ninth and playing second base. Garcia came over from the Texas Rangers on Aug. 11 in the Alex Rios trade and has a hit in three at-bats.

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Asked to describe his game, Garcia said: “I play the little game. I bunt the ball. I run. I put the ball in play. That’s my game. I want to make contact so I can use my ability to run.”

Meltdown not easy to forget

Manager Robin Ventura admitted Tuesday it’s not easy for him to let Monday’s game disappear from his memory. The second-year manager said after a poorly played game on Monday night he wouldn’t judge anyone by how they played.

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But it doesn’t make it any easier for him to forget what he witnessed.

“You go over it and it’s not pretty by any means,” Ventura said. “But again, you go over it and you talk about the things you need to take care of. There are some that are just physical mistakes, there’s stuff you can bring up and teach and go over. You make sure you get to that stuff first, the physical stuff. … Teach it and they understand it and realize it can’t happen again. And you are playing tonight so you are trying to do it while you are getting ready to do that.”