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White Sox send four to AAA All-Star Game

CHICAGO -- Much maligned in recent years for the overall level of talent in their farm system, the Chicago White Sox can boast four players in the 2015 Triple-A All-Star Game.

Infielder Matt Davidson and pitcher Erik Johnson head the list of Charlotte Knights headed to Omaha for the July 15 contest, matching players from the International League against players from the Pacific Coast League. Also named to the team were outfielder Trayce Thompson and pitcher Zach Phillips.

Although Davidson is batting just .234 with a .324 on-base percentage and a .410 slugging percentage, he is tied for the International League in home runs with 13 and is fifth in RBIs with 41.

Johnson, who started the 2014 season in the White Sox’s starting rotation, is 7-5 over 14 starts with a 2.86 ERA and has 96 strikeouts over 85 innings with 27 walks.

Thompson, in his first year at the Triple-A level, is batting .272/.314/.452 with nine home runs and 33 RBIs. Phillips has a 2.14 ERA over 27 appearances with five saves. The 28-year-old Phillips was signed as a free agent by the White Sox this winter after pitching nine games in Japan last year.

Davidson and Thompson were elected to start in a ballot among fans, media members, league managers and general managers. Davidson will be the designated hitter.

Charlotte was one of two International league teams to boast four players on the All-Star Game roster, matching Norfolk, a Baltimore Orioles affiliate.

At the Double-A level, White Sox shortstop prospect Tim Anderson was named the MVP of the Southern League All-Star Game on June 24 with two extra-base hits, to go along with an RBI and a run scored. The White Sox had five players named Southern League all-stars: Anderson, outfielder Jacob May, catcher Adrian Nieto, pitcher Frankie Montas and infielder Joey DeMichele.

The White Sox had two players named South Atlantic League all-stars and four players named Carolina League all-stars. Both of those teams are at the Single-A level.