White Sox Minor Keys: May 18, 2018

Michael Kopech and Dylan Cease return to form

Last Friday, Michael Kopech had the chance to make a statement on the same day as a Carson Fulmer dud, only to fall apart in the fourth inning for a second consecutive walk-marred start.

Tonight, Kopech took advantage of a second chance by throwing seven shutout innings. The Knights needed all of it, as they beat Columbus by a mere 1-0 margin.

Kopech pounded the strike zone with a straightforward approach, and it worked. He limited the Clippers to just a double, single and two walks over seven innings while striking out nine, and he threw 72 of 102 pitches for strikes. It’s the kind of start that shows that he’s the most talented pitcher the Sox have at any level, and at this very moment, and the question is how long the Sox can keep pretending he isn’t.

I wouldn’t count on Kopech being the one to take the rotation spot of the recently optioned Carson Fulmer, but unlike last week, it’s theoretically in play.

Charlotte 1, Columbus 0

  • Jose Rondon went 1-for-4 with a stolen base.
  • Charlie Tilson was 1-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Casey Gillaspie, 0-for-2 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Michael Kopech: 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 9 K.


*Tilson preserved the shutout with a diving catch.

Montgomery 8, Birmingham 0

  • Tito Polo returned from the DL and went 1-for-3 with a double, walk and stolen base.
  • Zack Collins was 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Eloy Jimenez, 0-for-4.
  • Seby Zavala was 1-for-4 with a strikeout.
  • Matt Rose went 1-for-3.
  • Danny Mendick was 0-for-3
  • Dane Dunning lasted four after giving up four in the first: 4 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 HBP

Winston-Salem 6, Down East 0

  • Joel Booker went 1-for-3 with a homer, two walks and a stolen base.
  • Luis Alexander Basabe busted out: 3-for-5 with a homer and a double.
  • Blake Rutherford went 1-for-3 with two walks, a strikeout and a stolen base.
  • Micker Adolfo went 1-for-2 with two walks and a sac fly.
  • Gavin Sheets was 1-for-5 with three strikeouts.
  • Yeyson Yrizarri was 1-for-5 with a strikeout.
  • Ti’Quan Forbes, 1-for-4.
  • Dylan Cease bounced back: 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K, 51 of 82 pitches for strikes.

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In the recent past the Sox have rushed their prospects as a way to make the front office look good and except for Sale they were bad ideas. Now they only seem to want to promote when they’re forced to. Well Fulmer sucking and the outfield injuries are forcing them. Call up Kopech and Jimenez and see what you got. Keep the expectations realistic and expect to send one or both back down when Rodon and Avi are ready to play. If the auditions exceeds expectations then count your blessings and send other underperforming players down.


I don’t think Giolito, Lopez, Anderson or Moncada were rushed. I don’t think Kopech would be rush if called up now


We’ll have to agree to disagree on Anderson. Moncada, Lopez, and Giolito were rushed- by their former teams, I think the Sox handled those three fine after getting them. 

Brett R. Bobysud

I think it’s more likely they call up Dylan Covey in the short-term to fill the rotation spot.

Then, toward early to mid-June we’ll see both Rodon & Kopech called up, and one of either Volstad or Covey sent back down to Charlotte.

That’s of course, assuming Giolito doesn’t continue to suck and necessitate him being sent down alongside Fulmer.


After checking the Game Log from Birmingham, I’m giving Dane a pass. Matt Rose had 1st inning issues.
Eloy’s in a mini slump.


Kopech sez stuff:

In addition to successfully locating a fastball that has a propensity to reach triple digits, Kopech was pleased with his newly developed curveball. He already boasts an above-average slider, which he said was also effective for him against the Clippers, but he didn’t get the bite he was hoping for from his changeup.

“It was a night where three out of my four pitches were working for me,” he said. “My changeup wasn’t great tonight, but I did throw it in some counts where I was able to get some swings over it and just go take advantage of putting guys behind with that pitch.”