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Monday, October 28, 2013
Sox's Marcus Semien grabs another honor

By Doug Padilla

CHICAGO -- Marcus Simien’s breakout year continued Monday as the Chicago White Sox infielder was named an Arizona Fall League West Division all-star.

Simien, who made his debut with the White Sox this past season, had just seven hits in his first 12 AFL games, but was among the league leaders with seven RBIs. He had two home runs and two doubles among his seven hits.

After being called up to the White Sox this year when rosters expanded in September, Simien batted .261 with a .268 on-base percentage, delivering two home runs and seven RBIs in the major leagues. The 22-year-old played primarily at third base but returned to his natural shortstop position for the AFL.

Semien had a standout season at Double-A Birmingham, batting .290 with a .420 OBP. The sixth-round pick in the 2011 draft out of Cal, hit 15 home runs and 49 RBIs and was named a Southern League postseason All-Star and the league’s MVP, despite a promotion to Triple-A more than a month before the season ended.

Also earning AFL All-Star honors was White Sox minor league pitcher Chris Bassitt. The 24-year-old right-hander gave up just one run over his first six appearances in Arizona, good for a 1.50 ERA.

Bassitt, a 16th-round draft pick in 2011 out of Akron, was a combined 11-4 with a 3.08 ERA between Single-A Winston Salem and Double-A Birmingham this past season.

The league’s Fall Stars Game will take place Saturday and be televised live on MLB Network at 7 p.m. CST.