White Sox Minor Keys: April 24, 2018

Zack Collins doubles his season hit total with a big night

Zack Collins entered tonight with one of the more bizarre hitting lines in baseball:


How does one go about compiling that? By going 2-for-37 with a homer and 13 walks. It’s basically a fun-house version of his performance at Winston-Salem, where his hit tool didn’t really allow his renowned batting eye to play up. Throw in 19 strikeouts and 51 plate appearances, and the lack of contact lowers his ceiling.

Anyway, this is to say he needed a night like tonight. He doubled his season hit total by doubling up on doubles in the Barons’ 9-5 win over Pensacola. Video of the first double is above, and the second one is here:

Collins also drew one of them walks, and, more importantly, didn’t strike out once. Add that to his line, and he’s now hitting a slightly more reasonable .098/.321/.220.

It’s hard to say Collins gained ground on Seby Zavala, though. The latter also went 2-for-4, and he belted his fifth homer. Zavala did strike out twice, though, and so that’s probably enough to give Collins a slight edge for the night.

Louisville 5, Charlotte 1

Birmingham 9, Pensacola 5

  • Tito Polo went 1-for-3 with two walks and a stolen base.
  • Zack Collins finally had a night: 2-for-4 with two doubles, a walk and a stolen base.
  • Eloy Jimenez went 1-for-4 with a strikeout.
  • Seby Zavala homered, singled and struck out twice.
  • Trey Michalczewski is batting .302 after going 2-for-4 with a double. He also stole a base.
  • Jameson Fisher, 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.
  • Jordan Guerrero: 3 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 HR
  • Ryan Burr: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB 3 K

Kannapolis 3, Delmarva 2 (7 innings, rain)


*The Intimidators better stick with this combo:

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Jim Margalus

Writing about the White Sox for a 16th season, first here, then at South Side Sox, and now here again. Let’s talk curling.

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I had to google your last joke there.  “As a free bonus to your Patreon subscribtion, you shall be kept up to date on certain American cultural aspects.”


Anybody else having problems with accessing MiLB radio feeds? Every time that I try to connect to the Barons games, I get an error message: “We’re sorry. An error occurred. Please try again.” This happens on the phone app that connects to TuneIn. It also happens on my Windows 10 computer. There it told me to remove adblocker, which I did, but it made no difference and gave me the same error message. I’ve had trouble accessing a lot of these feeds. The only one that I get consistently is Charlotte.

Right Size Wrong Shape

Loved Kube.


Collins still has that hitch in his swing. Looks calmer than last year, hoping to see how he does later in the year when he’s more used to it. 

Eagle Bones

The combination of these two chat answers makes me happy:

Greg: Any new draft buzz in the top 10 since your updated list and mock?

Eric A Longenhagen: I think we’d mock Swaggerty #2

Ptown: If Swaggerty went 2nd, and Madrigal 3rd, would the White Sox target Bohm or Kelenic?

Eric A Longenhagen: If Bohm is on the board I think PHI takes him. I think CHW takes the college hitter who is left for them.

Madrigal, yes please.



Growing to like that little beaver kid. All he did before he was hurt is hit. And he comes back and hits.

Think he could roll out of bed and slap a couple hits around the field. Don’t worry about power in today’s game. Anybody can dinger with these balls

Eagle Bones

Thinking the same thing. If they end up with him, I’d be pretty happy.

Eagle Bones

One more:

Brad: If the White Sox draft Nick Madrigal at 1-4 this year, where does he play once he gets to the majors? Does he push Moncada off of 2B to 3B? Would he get the Scott Kingery treatment? Does he get reps in center?

Eric A Longenhagen: Madrigal > Moncada at 2B and it’s not close

Eric A Longenhagen: I’d run Moncada around in CF

Eagle Bones

And yet one more that seems pertinent to this thread:

Randy: Mize seems to be a bit underwhelming as a 1-1 compared to the likes of Cole, Strasburg, and Price. Have you heard anyone else mentioned as the #1 talent (not as the potential #1 pick)?

Eric A Longenhagen: Agree. I think Madrigal is the best guy independent of injury.

lil jimmy

Madrigal, seven home runs already!!!!
(in only three years of college)