They wondered whether or not he would perform at Class-A Kannapolis this season, and now Trey Michalczewski is headed to Winston-Salem.
The 19-year-old third baseman has been promoted and will join the White Sox Class-A Advanced team after he hit .270/.348/.433 with 10 home runs, 25 doubles and 70 RBIs in 495 plate appearances at Kannapolis.
Michalczewski, a seventh-round draft pick out of Jenks (Okla.) High in 2013, is about to complete his first full professional season. He is rated the No. 6 prospect in the organization per Baseball America, while MLB rates him ninth.
“Trey has made great progress,” White Sox assistant general manager Buddy Bell said. “In spring training we were sort of debating whether or not to send him to Kannapolis. We just decided that was the best place for him. We thought he would struggle more than he did, so that’s a real tribute to him how he has played.”
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In its midseason rankings, Baseball America notes that Michalczewski — whose $500,000 signing bonus was tied for the second-most given to any 2013 seventh-round pick — has “lived up to the challenge of full-season ball.” The publication also notes the switch-hitting prospect is strong and has good mechanics from both sides of the plate, “with balance and power.”
Bell thinks there have been benefits from Michalczewski’s prep football days at Jenks, a 14-time state champion, including his senior season (2012). The experience might have helped Michalczewski more easily handle what is a difficult transition for many first-year players.
“It’s tough, but he maintained his strength pretty well,” Bell said. “He walks like he has been playing forever. He’s very athletic, and we really like that about him. He’s sort of got a football mentality as well. He’s kind of quiet, but he plays the game at full speed.”