White Sox promote Booker to advanced A affiliate in Winston-Salem

Former Polk County standout Joel Booker

Former Polk County standout Joel Booker is moving up in the Chicago White Sox minor league system.

The Kannapolis Intimidators announced Thursday that Booker has been promoted to the organization’s Class A-Advanced affiliate in Winston-Salem. Booker is one of seven Intimidators who will move up to Winston-Salem, a member of the Carolina League.

Booker, 23, hit .312 (81-260) with 10 doubles, two triples, three home runs, 27 RBI, 50 runs scored and a team-high 14 stolen bases in 65 games with Kannapolis. The SAL Mid-Season All-Star outfielder leads the league in at-bats, is tied for the SAL lead in hits, ranks second in runs scored and seventh in batting average.

The White Sox selected Booker in the 22nd round of the June 2016 First-Year Player Draft out of Iowa. He is batting .321 (26-81) against left-handers and .306 (55-179) against right-handers. In the Intimidators’ four-game series sweep of Hagerstown last week to capture the division lead, Booker paced the offense with a pair of three-hit games in both contests of a June 15 doubleheader against the Suns.

Also promoted were starting pitchers Alec Hansen and Jimmy Lambert, relievers Kyle Kubat and Mike Morrison, outfielder Jameson Fisher and catcher Seby Zavala.

The Dash open the second half of their season Thursday night at home against Buies Creek, beginning a four-game series. The team finished in last place in the Carolina League’s Southern Division in the first half with a 24-46 record.