White Sox Promote Aaron Poreda to ChicagoJune 9, 2009 - Southern League (SL) Birmingham Barons
The top pitching prospect in the White Sox organization, Poreda tossed a five-inning no-hitter against the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx on May 4. He was awarded with the Southern League Pitcher of the Week honor for the week of May 4-10.
Poreda was 5-4 with a 2.38 ERA in 11 starts with the Barons in 2009. His 69 strikeouts paced the Southern League, and he was ranked third in ERA.
He becomes the 41st former Barons player to skip Triple-A and head straight to Chicago, joining the likes of Frank Thomas, Jack McDowell, Robin Ventura, Alex Fernandez, Mark Buehrle, Joe Crede and Bobby Jenks.
He also becomes the second player this season to start the season in Birmingham and play for the White Sox, joining former Barons shortstop Gordon Beckham in Chicago. Jayson Nix also started his season in Birmingham before eventually moving to the big league club.
Holders of the Southern League's best record, the Barons started the season with six of the top-10 prospects and added a seventh when Danks joined the team in May.
Charlie Shirek will take Poreda's roster spot in Birmingham. Shirek was 8-1 with a 3.88 ERA in 11 starts with Class-A Winston-Salem. The former 23rd -round draft pick was recently selected to represent the Winston-Salem Dash in the South Atlantic League All-Star Game. An alum of the University of Nebraska, he was named the White Sox best late-round draft pick in 2007 by Baseball America.
The Barons will host the Montgomery Biscuits at 7:05 PM tonight. The team's magic number to clinch its second-straight South Division title is at seven.
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