By Evan Moore
Even though the Chicago White Sox were once rated as having the worst minor league system in baseball, two players stood out with individual performances this season.
Two minor league prospects in the Chicago White Sox organization were named to Baseball America’s 2013 Minor League All-Star team. Erik Johnson and Marcus Semien were named as the minor league All-Star team, Johnson as a pitcher and Semien as a second baseman.
Johnson earned recognition as he went 12-3 with a 1.96 ERA along with three complete games and 131 strikeouts over 24 starts between Class Triple-A Charlotte and Class Double-A Birmingham this season. Johnson made his Major League debut against the New York Yankees on Sept. 4.
Semien hit .284 with 32 doubles, six triples, 19 home runs, 66 RBI, 110 runs scored and 24 stolen bases over 137 games between Charlotte and Birmingham. He was also named the 2013 Southern League Most Valuable Player. Semien made his Major League debut against the Yankees on Sept. 4 as well started at third base and went 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Johnson and Semien were teammates at the University of California-Berkeley.