Charlotte Knights outfielder Jason Bourgeois has been named Topps International League Player of the Month for June.
Bourgeois was chosen by the IL's field managers.
During June, the infielder-outfielder appeared in 30 games, batting .393 with seven doubles, two triples, four homers, 13 RBIs, nine walks, five stolen bases and an on-base percentage of .442.
Bourgeois is currently hitting .304 with seven homers, 31 RBIs and 15 stolen bases. He carried a personal-best 14-game hitting streak into Friday night's game against Richmond and had hit safely in 26 of his past 27 games.
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A native of Houston, Bourgeois was signed as a minor league free agent by the White Sox in October of 2007. He has also played in the Texas Rangers, Atlanta Braves and Seattle Mariners organizations.
• MORE CHANGES: The Knights and White Sox continue to make personnel moves.
Knights right-handed pitcher D.J. Carrasco was promoted to Chicago to replace reliever Bobby Jenks, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Carrasco, 31, was 1-1 with a 2.38 ERA, one save and 23 strikeouts in seven games.
The Knights also received right-handed pitcher Carlos Torres from Double-A Birmingham and sent catcher Jared Price to the Barons.
Torres was 9-5 with a 3.23 ERA in 20 games for the Southern League Barons. Price batted .099 with a homer and one RBI in 22 games for the Knights.
White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko completed a four-game major league rehabilitation stint with the Knights. Konerko batted .545 (6-for-11) with two doubles, three RBIs and six walks.
• ALL-STAR GAME: The 2008 Triple-A All-Star Game will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Louisville, Ky., and will be televised live by ESPN2 (cable channel 28 in Rock Hill).
Three members of the Knights, first baseman Brad Eldred, infielder Chris Getz and relief pitcher Jason Childers, were chosen for the game.
The Triple-A All-Star Game features top players from the International League versus their counterparts from the Pacific Coast League.
• CHARLESTON CONNECTIONS: Two former collegiate players from the Charleston area have made their major league debuts.
Outfielder Brett Gardner has been batting leadoff and playing left field for the New York Yankees while left-handed pitcher R.J. Swindle has pitched for the Philadelphia Phillies.
A native of Holly Hill, Gardner played his college baseball at the College of Charleston, while Swindle, out of Vancouver, B.C., attended Charleston Southern.
Gardner was the Yankees' third-round choice in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft. Swindle was picked in the 14th round of the 2004 draft by the Boston Red Sox.
Gardner, who was batting .143 in eight games, presented the Yankees starting lineup on national television last Saturday.
Swindle has appeared in one game for the Phillies, pitching three innings. He is 0-0 with a 6.00 ERA.
• INTRIGUING BLOODLINES: Missouri State outfielder Ryan Mantle has a familiar name to baseball purist. He is the third cousin of Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle.
The younger Mantle was selected in he 19th round of last month's First-Year Player Draft by San Francisco and has signed with the team.
The right-handed hitting Mantle, a red-shirt junior, batted .298 with four homers and 30 RBIs in 56 games this season for the Bears, who were 40-17.
He is currently playing for the Giants' entry in the Arizona Summer League and is batting .265 with no homers and seven RBIs in 13 games.
• EXTRA BASE: Ex-Winthrop RHP Ben Thurmond has been released by El Paso of the Independent American Association.