The White Sox recalled Triple-A Charlotte infielder Andy Gonzalez Monday, but the bigger news for Baseball America readers was the callup of righthanded reliever Dewon Day.
A 2002 26th-round pick by the Blue Jays, Day was stolen away by Chicago in the minor league phase of the 2005 Rule 5 draft. He was brought up from Double-A Birmingham in place of lefthander Andrew Sisco.
To get the full breakdown of day, check out the profile of him in the April 25 edition of Prospect Pulse.
One thing that needs to be clarified that isnâ€™t included in that story, however, is that Day never had Tommy John surgery, despite the Blue Jays being adamant that he did and itâ€™s even listed in Dayâ€™s bio information in this yearâ€™s White Sox media guide.
We were fortunate to catch Day on Saturday down the road in Zebulon, N.C.
â€œCheck it out,â€ Day said, holding up his right elbow in the visiting clubhouse at Carolinaâ€™s Five County Stadium, â€œNo scar. Iâ€™m not sure where that came from, but I never had any kind of arm surgery.â€
Day strained the ulnar nerve in his elbow during a workout at short-season Auburn in 2004, but never went under the knife. At this point, even if Day had medical history, most teams would jump on the 6-foot-4 210-pound righthander with a low-90s fastball and plus-plus slider.
Through 25 innings with the Barons, Day is 2-3, 3.60 with 48 strikeouts. And fly ball outs are a rarity for the 26-year-old, rolling up four times as many ground balls as balls hit in the air.
Scouts flocked to see him in the Arizona Fall League last October, lining up the radar guns to all get a look at his hard breaking ball every time he stepped on a mound.
â€œThat never happened before, like ever,â€ Day said. â€œIt was weird. Kind of hard to believe, really. Iâ€™m just going to keep going out and do my job. Hopefully someone will notice.â€
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