Short Leaves Impression On White Sox
CHICAGO—Hit, and don't let up.
That's the advice given to Double-A outfielder Brandon Short, who has climbed the White Sox prospect charts despite being a 28th-round pick in the 2008 draft out of St. John's River (Fla.) CC.
Short enhanced his stock to become the organization's No. 8 prospect entering the 2011 season by batting .316/.365/.491 with 15 home runs and 79 RBIs for high Class A Winston-Salem a year ago. He gained more attention with his 26-game hitting streak.
"I think last year was mostly about confidence," said the soft-spoken Short, 22. "I started feeling comfortable playing minor league ball. Last year, it just clicked."
Short doesn't have major power or blazing speed, but the minor league staff just wants him to keep producing in some manner. His 2010 season was impressive enough for the Sox to give him an invitation to major league camp in the spring.
"He's a pretty smart kid," farm director Buddy Bell said. "He'll cut a swing off at times because he'll want to hit the ball out of the park and leave the outer half (of the plate). That will get him in trouble. But he's got to work the other side of the field, which is pretty typical of a young kid. But he's really talented. He doesn't say much."
In his adjustment to Double-A Birmingham, Short was batting .284/.328/.460 with 10 stolen bases, after a slow start. The nuances of minor league baseball have become more comfortable to him after taking shorter bus rides in junior college.
"The first year was tough, but it was just a matter of getting familiar with a routine," Short said. "I just concentrate on getting hits, finding holes and gaps and sometimes the home runs come."
• After a series of changes in his batting style this offseason, Triple-A Charlotte outfielder Jordan Danks finally succeeded with a more simplified approach. During a nine-game stretch, the 6-foot-4, 210-pound Danks batted .306 with six home runs and 13 RBIs for the Knights.
• Infielder Drew Thompson continued to rehab his back in extended spring. Thompson, 24, missed the 2007 and 2008 seasons in the Twins organization because of back injuries, but the Sox are hopeful he can resume playing by the all-star break. Thompson, 24, was a Twins' second-round pick in 2005 but was released after last season and signed by the Sox.