Allen hitting for power

Big man, big bat

Brandon Allen, 1B, White Sox (Triple-A Charlotte)
Monday's stats: 3-for-5, HR (1), 3 RBI, K
One can read a lot of things into Allen's move up to Triple-A. He was having a good year at Double-A (.290/.372/.452 average/on-base/slugging), but he wasn't killing it, so was this a roster numbers game, a precursor to a possible big league look or none of the above? No matter what, the big, beefy slugger is enjoying his new digs, going 8-for-14 with two doubles and a home run in his first four games for the Knights, while earning plenty of accolades from scouts, some of whom see him as an above-average big league first baseman down the road.

Here we go again

Homer Bailey, RHP, Reds (Triple-A Louisville)
Monday's stats: 7 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 8 K

It's another one of our two or three annual teases by the guy who every once in a while still looks like one of the best young arms around. In his past five starts, Bailey has allowed just two runs over 38 1/3 innings, while striking out 38 and walking just seven. He's probably going to get yet another look, but trying to figure out if this is the time he figures it out is a roll of the dice at this point.

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