The Chicago White Sox have once again dipped into their farm system by recalling lefty Charlie Leesman and purchasing the contract of catcher Bryan Anderson from their Class AAA affiliate, the Charlotte Knights. No corresponding moves have to be made by the major league club as active rosters have expanded from 25 to 40. The Pale Hose 40 man roster stands at 37.
Leesman will be making his second trip to the big leagues this season. He started one game for the Sox going five innings allowing a run and four hits over five innings getting no-decision. With the Knights he was 4-3 with a 3.87 ERA in 16 starts. The 26 year old southpaw was Chicago’s 11th round selection in the 2008 draft.
Anderson, 26, is a 6-foot-1, 200 pound backstop who has previous major league experience with the Cardinals. He signed with the White Sox as a free agent on November 11, 2012 and spent this season at Triple-A where he batted .224 (47-210) with seven home runs and 26 RBI in 64 games for the Knights.
Originally drafted by St. Louis in the fourth round back in 2005, Anderson becomes the 17th player off the Charlotte roster to be promoted to the majors this year joining Deunte Heath, Tyler Greene, Jordan Danks, Blake Tekotte, Brian Omogrosso, Donnie Veal, Ramon Troncoso, Brent Morel, Simon Castro, David Purcey, Josh Phegley, Andre Rienzo, Avisail Garcia, Charlie Leesman, Jake Petricka, and Leury Garcia.
The Knights also made some roster moves bringing their season transaction total to 143. Jhan Carlos Marinez was activated off the disabled list and catcher Jeremy Dowdy was promoted from the Class-A Kannapolis Intimidators. The active roster stands at 25.
Marinez has appeared in 19 games with the Knights this season and has a 2-4 record with two saves and a 6.33 ERA. The Dominican native last pitched for Charlotte on June 5 in Pawtucket. He recently appeared in two games for Rookie Bristol on a rehab assignment and posted a 0-0 mark with a 6.75 ERA.
Dowdy, 23, was originally signed by the White Sox on June 9, 2012. This season, the Raleigh, NC native is hitting .214 with six runs scored and five RBIs over 31 games for Single-A Kannapolis. He also made one appearance for Birmingham on July 7 and went 0-for-4.
Knights Notes: The team’s final season at Knights Stadium ends on Monday in a 2:15 p.m. start against the Gwinnett Braves. There will be special pregame and post-game ceremonies to celebrate 24-years in Fort Mill, South Carolina before they move into their new state-of-the-art stadium in uptown Charlotte next April. The first 3,000 fans on Monday will receive a Commemorative Final Game Ticket, presented by TicketReturn.