Fort Mill, SC April 23, 2013 – The Charlotte Knights saw 17 of their players receive promotions to the Chicago White Sox in 2012. So far in 2013, the Knights have sent four players to help out their parent club (as of April 23).
RHP Deunte Heath was the first Knights player to earn a promotion this season. Heath, who was recalled by Chicago on April 12, appeared in one game for the White Sox. At the time of his promotion, Heath had appeared in two games for the Knights – allowing just two hits over three scoreless innings.
The Georgia native, who was originally drafted by the Atlanta Braves, came out of the White Sox bullpen on April 13 and allowed one run (a solo home run) over 1.2 innings pitched. Heath stayed with the Sox until April 17, when he was optioned back down to the Knights.
Heath is currently 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA (through April 23). He’s thrown eight innings and has allowed five hits, four walks, and no runs. Last season, Heath was 4-3 with three saves and a 1.48 ERA in 36 games for Charlotte.
The second player to earn a promotion to Chicago this season was infielder Tyler Greene, who had his contract purchased by the White Sox on April 14. Greene, who appeared in eight games for the Knights before his promotion, was hitting .265 with two doubles and four RBIs with Charlotte. Greene, a newcomer to the organization this season, is still playing for the White Sox (as of April 23).
Through six games with Chicago this season, Greene is hitting .375 (3-8) with a run scored. Greene has filled in admirably for Gordon Beckham, who was placed on the disabled list by Chicago earlier this season.
The next player to earn a promotion this season was outfielder Jordan Danks — a fan favorite at Knights Stadium. Danks, who was in his fourth season with Charlotte this year, was hitting .333 with two home runs and five RBIs over 13 games at the time of his promotion. Danks is among the Charlotte Knights franchise leaders in a number of categories, including games, and at-bats.
Danks has appeared in four games with the White Sox (through April 23) and is hitting .286 (2-7). He earned his first Major League promotion last season.
Most recently, outfielder Blake Tekotte was recalled by the White Sox. Tekotte, who was activated off of the Charlotte disabled list on April 18, was recalled to Chicago on April 19. The left-handed hitting Tekotte went 0-2 with a strikeout in his only Knights appearance.
So far, in two games with the White Sox, Tekotte has yet to receive an at-bat. He’s appeared twice as a pinch-runner however (through April 23).
With many talented players in the organization, there’s no telling who the next Knight to earn a promotion will be this season. Stay tuned…