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Joel Booker awaits the start of the 2017 South Atlantic League playoffs in Greenville while playing for the Kannapolis Intimidators (Tom Priddy photo).

Joel Booker is coming home, one step away from the major leagues.

The former Polk County standout has been promoted by the Chicago White Sox to the team’s Triple A affiliate in Charlotte. Booker made his debut Sunday with the Knights, starting in right field in the Knights’ 9-8 loss to Indianpolis.

Booker went 0-for-4 in his debut with the White Sox’ highest minor league affiliate, just a step short of the majors. He did draw a walk and stole a base in the game.

Booker received his promotion after a sizzling start to the season at Double-A Birmingham, where he led the Southern League in hitting with a .351 average and also was in the top 10 in hits, on-base percentage and stolen bases.

The Knights host Gwinnett for a three-game series beginning Monday.

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