White Sox Minor Keys: May 2, 2018

Last year, the White Sox had one of the top farm systems in baseball, but it didn’t show up in the standings. The organization finished with the lowest inning percentage in the minors, although the Braves had the second-worst record to provide some solace.

This year, the records more closely align with the talent.

Charlotte: 11-14, 2½ games behind Durham in the International League South.

Birmingham: 13-13, 4½ games behind Jackson in the Southern League North.

Winston-Salem: 14-12, 2 games behind Buies Creek in the Carolina League Southern.

Kannapolis: 16-10, 2 games behind Delmarva in the South Atlantic League Northern.

All four affiliates won today, and here are the box scores to prove it.

Charlotte 6, Gwinnett 5

  • Jose Rondon went 1-for-2 with two walks.
  • Charlie Tilson, 0-for-3 with a stolen base.

Birmingham 8, Tennessee 3

  • Tito Polo went 1-for-4, and was caught stealing.
  • Zack Collins went 1-for-4 with a homer and a walk.
  • Eloy Jimenez, 2-for-5 with a strikeout.
  • Seby Zavala was 1-for-4 with a walk and two strikeouts.
  • Matt Rose is tearing it up: a homer, a double, a walk and two strikeouts.
  • Trey Michalczewski also went deep, part of a 3-for-4 night. He walked once and struck out once.
  • Jameson Fisher was 2-for-5 with a double and a strikeout.
  • Dane Dunning: 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K
  • Ryan Burr: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K

Winston-Salem 9, Lynchburg 2

  • Joel Booker tripled, doubled twice and struck out twice. He was also picked off/caught stealing.
  • Alex Call went 1-for-2 with three walks and a strikeout.
  • Luis Alexander Basabe was 1-for-3 with two walks and a strikeout.
  • Blake Rutherford drove in four during a 1-for-5 day. The hit was a triple.
  • Yermin Mercedes went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts.
  • Gavin Sheets, 1-for-4 with a strikeout.
  • Yeyson Yrirzarri was 0-for-4.
  • Ti’Quan Forbes, 2-for-3 with a double and an HBP.


*Here’s video of Rutherford’s triple.

Kannapolis 9, Hickory 6

  • Luis Gonzalez singled thrice, walked once and struck out once. He’s hitting .344.
  • Michael Hickman went 2-for-5 with a double and two strikeouts.
  • Jusin Yurchak, 2-for-4 with a double, walk and strikeout.
  • Evan Skoug went 1-for-2 with a double and two walks.
  • Kade McClure: 5 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 WP
  • Tyler Johnson: 1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K


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I’m getting excited about Dunning. We need more goggled players on the Southside.

John SF

I’m pro goggle, but I can’t get myself exciting about Dunning.  His upside isn’t as high as any of our other ~~six~~ seven young promising pitchers.  And he threw at that guy last year, which was really uncool.   

Let’s just put goggles on Gio and see if it helps.  I noticed he wears glasses when he’s off the field so, seriously, goggle him up.  


Who is more likely to stay off 1B/DH, Matt Rose or Seb! ?


Any chance Rose can stick at 3B?

Josh Nelson

Both. Rose is not bad at 3B. If Seby can ever figure out how to block pitches better, he could be a better version of Kevan Smith.

John SF

I just read an article in the Athletic where Rose was listed as the 2nd prospect in the Quintana trade (ahead of Cease).  

While that is patently ridiculous, I still assume it means he is starting to hit the radar of folks outside the Sox beat.  

Still no home runs for Gavin Sheets. What’s going on? To be a legit MLB first base prospect he should be hitting a LOT of home runs.


Highest slg% in the Cape Cod League was .376.

Josh Nelson

Micker Adolfo is Player of the Month for Carolina League

John SF

do you think a prospect has ever before been announced to be shut down with season ending surgery, and then a day later be like “nevermind,” and then directly followed that with PoTM honors?   

Greg Nix

Basabe got robbed.