Chicago White Sox pitching prospects Scott Snodgress, Blake Drake, and Joe Dvorsky threw a combined No Hitter on Thursday in the Great Falls Voyagers 4-0 win over the Casper Ghosts in the Rookie Pioneer League. Snodgress, a fifth round pick in 2011 out of Stanford, threw six hitless innings, did not walk a batter, and struck out nine. Drake, a 22nd round pick out of Indiana State, pitched one hitless inning in relief, striking out one. Dvorsky, a 35th round pick out of Texas State, closed out the no hitter, pitching two hitless innings while striking out one. Two Great Falls fielding errors separated the trio from the combined perfect game.
This is something like you’d see in a Jackass movie. An overzealous Boston Red Sox fan decides it would be a good idea to jump on the dugout during a Yankees vs White Sox game last week at US Cellular Field and taunt the New York fans in attendance. Needless to say when he broke out a Boston Red Sox banner, it did not go over too well with the Yankees fans, including one fan in particular who rips the banner out of his hands and chucks it. After some more taunting the fan retreats to his seat where he is later presumably ejected from the stadium for dancing on the dugout during the game. Warning: Profanity in the video clip.
Just like in the major leagues, minor league pitchers from American League affiliates don’t hit, instead a designated hitter bats for them. So what happens when after eight years in an American League organization, a pitcher suddenly finds themselves playing for a National League team? Houston Astros farmhand Lucas Harrell can provide the answer. Harrell was claimed off waivers by the Astros earlier this months after being let go by the Chicago White Sox, the team that drafted him in the fourth round of the 2004 draft. Harrell was assigned to Triple-A Oklahoma City and found himself immediately inserted into the batting order for the first time since high school. After three games Harrell finally got his first hit. In the story Harrell talks about batting in a game for the first time in nearly a decade and the help he’s gotten from Redhawks manager Tony DeFrancesco in relearning how to hit.
The Chicago White Sox have acquired Toronto Blue Jays prospect Zach Stewart as part of a trade sending Edwin Jackson and Mark Teahen to Toronto for Stewart and Jason Frasor. The 24 year old Stewart has long been a prospect in Blue Jays organization and made his major league debut in 2011 going 0-1 with a 4.86ERA for Toronto in 16.2 innings of work. At Double-A New Hampshire, Stewart has posted a 5-5 record with a 4.26ERA. He has 74 strikeouts in 94.1 innings and Eastern League batters were hitting a pretty hefty .286 against him. Stewart was originally a third round pick of the Cincinnati Reds back in 2008. He came to Toronto in the deal that sent Scott Rolen to the Reds back in 2009.
When a Ray Durham autographed baseball turns up sitting on a shelf where a baseball signed by a Hall of Famer used to sit, something fishy may be going on. So was the thought of Benjamin Pogofsky who found the Durham ball sitting among bits and pieces of what was once his late father, former Chicago White Sox executive, Larry Pogofsky’s prized autographed baseball collection. The interesting story below outlines the series of events that subsequently led to Pogofsky’s brother being charged with felony theft and burglary in the case of the missing baseballs estimated to be worth upwards of $10,000.
Ill. family feuds over dad’s baseball collection — Forbes.com
Birmingham Barons second baseman Tyler Kuhn who currently leads the Double-A Southern League in hitting with a .368 average, talks about what he learned in his brief promotion to Triple-A and the prospects for a September call up with the White Sox.
Kuhn ‘on the map now’ for majors with White Sox — DailyMail.com
Pitcher Kris Honel has gone on quite the journey since being selected as the 16th overall pick in the 2001 draft by his hometown Chicago White Sox. The 27 year old who is still hanging on in the Independent Golden League talks in depth about the long winding road his career has taken including his battle back from Tommy John surgery, his brief retirement, and his current journey through the Indy Leagues.
Comeback kid? Honel says yes — South Town Star