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The White Sox picked a good day to blow a four-run lead, because White Sox fans can distract themselves with the opening of the minor league season.
Welcome to White Sox Minor Keys, a daily rundown of the White Sox farm system. We’ll jog through the box scores and key performances every day along with news, highlights and other trends.
For example, here’s the place to note that Baseball America updated a couple of lists before the start of the season.
*Best tools: The survey says Michael Kopech has the best fastball, Eloy Jimenez has the best power, and Dylan Cease has the fifth-best breaking ball.
*Top 100 prospects: Jimenez (No. 4), Kopech (No. 11), Alec Hansen (No. 57), Luis Robert (No. 58) held their ground, but the addition of Juan Pablo Martinez dropped Dane Dunning down a spot to No. 83.
As for the previews, while the Birmingham Barons released their roster with a couple days of notice, the White Sox waited until the last minute with the other three affiliates, so we’ll run through the rosters for Charlotte, Winston-Salem and Kannapolis over the next few days.
On to the box scores!
- Charlie Tilson played center and went 2-for-5 with a stolen base.
- Ryan Cordell played right and went 1-for-4 with a sac fly and a steal of his own.
- Daniel Palka singled twice, walked and struck out twice.
- Casey Gillaspie was 1-for-3 with a walk, sac fly and two strikeouts.
- Matt Skole singled twice, walked twice and struck out once.
- Dylan Covey started the opener: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 1 HBP
- Tito Polo went 2-for-4. He also drew a walk and was picked off.
- Jameson Fisher doubled, walked, struck out thrice and was picked off.
- Zack Collins caught, going 0-for-2 with three walks and a strikeout.
- DH Seby Zavala went 1-for-3 with a double, two walks and two strikeouts.
- Trey Michalczewski played second, but nothing else was notable (0-for-4, walk, three strikeouts).
- Danny Mendick went 1-for-4 with a double.
- Spencer Adams: 5 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 50 of 78 pitches for strikes.
- Luis Alexander Basabe played center, going 2-for-5 with a double and a strikeout.
- Blake Rutherford started in left and went 2-for-4 with a walk. He was caught stealing.
- Alex Call played right, going 1-for-3 with two walks and a strikeout. He was also caught stealing.
- Gavin Sheets went 1-for-4 with a walk.
- Micker Adolfo, 1-for-5 with two strikeouts.
- Yermin Mercedes was 3-for-4 with a double.
- Yeyson Yrizarri, 2-for-4 with a double and a strikeout.
- Ti’Quan Forbes was 1-for-4 with a K. He was also caught stealing.
- Dane Dunning: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K
- Luis Gonzalez went 1-for-3 with a walk.
- Johan Cruz is back at Kanny, and went 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
- Justin Yurchak was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
- Evan Skoug, 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
- Michael Hickman made the jump from the AZL with immediate success: 1-for-2 with two walks and a walk-off double.
- Kade McClure: 7 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 10 K, 1 HR