Ryan Hamme promoted to Kannapolis in South Atlantic League

Ryan Hamme promoted to Kannapolis in South Atlantic League

Former Campbell University standout Ryan Hamme has been promoted to the Kannapolis Intimidators of the South Atlantic (Class A) League.

Hamme opened his second year in pro baseball by batting .273 with a .421 on-base percentage with the Great Falls (Mont.) Voyagers of the Pioneer (Rookie) League in the Chicago White Sox organization. The outfielder from Wilmington, N.C., had 12 walks in his first 13 games and scored 11 runs, while collecting 3 doubles, 1 triple, 1 home run and 5 RBI with a .455 slugging percentage.

The Intimidators open at five-game series Thursday at Augusta (Ga.), before returning home for five games against Lakewood July 14-18.

In 2009, the left-handed batting Hamme batted .278 with 9 doubles and 24 RBI and a .319 on-base mark in 61 games for the Voyagers.

Hamme, finished his final collegiate season at Campbell in '09 with a .438 average, fifth-highest in the country and tops in the Atlantic Sun Conference. He led the nation in doubles per game (0.59) and ranked sixth in overall doubles (26 in 43 outings). Hamme also ranked eighth in the country with a .527 on-base percentage and 10th in runs scored per game (1.39).

He was the 943rd overall pick in the June 2009 first-year draft and was taken in the 31st round by the White Sox.

Three of Chicago's six minor league affiliates are located in North Carolina, and two others play in leagues that have North Carolina members. Both of the White Sox' single-A clubs, the Kannapolis Intimidators of the South Atlantic League and the Winston-Salem Dash of the Carolina League, lie in North Carolina. The Birmingham (Ala.) Barons of the Southern League are Chicago's Double-A club, while the Charlotte (N.C.) Knights of the International League are the Triple-A affiliate.