White Sox Minor Keys: May 28, 2018

Michael Kopech throws a successful start as he bides his time

We’ve known Michael Kopech can get called up any day now, and with the back end of the Super Two window approaching, it may only take one more start to get there.

Kopech did his part on Monday by throwing six strong innings in Charlotte’s 7-5 victory over Indianapolis. He allowed just two runs and five baserunners (three hits, two walks) while striking out seven.

Kopech said his fastball command wavered a little bit from the stretch, but otherwise was able to go to town with it, estimating his usage at 80 percent. One new variable was new catcher Dustin Garneau, whom the White Sox acquired from Oakland to address their high-minors shortage. Garneau didn’t call many changeups, and Kopech said he only shook him off once, so he was basically a fastball-slider guy all game.

Our man in Charlotte Jonathan Lee asked him if he’s ready, and Kopech said, “Physically, yes. Mentally, yes.”

Garneau offered an observation about Kopech’s fastball I hadn’t heard, saying his fastball gets low strikes others can’t because gravity doesn’t have the same effect on it when it gets to the plate.

Charlotte 7, Indianapolis 5

  • Casey Gillaspie is stirring: 2-for-4 with a double and a strikeout, giving him an .808 OPS in May. It’s something.
  • Michael Kopech: 6 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 57 of 97 pitches for strikes.
  • Thyago Vieira: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Winston-Salem 10, Potomac 1

  • Luis Alexander Basabe was ejected after a first-inning strikeout, along with Omar Vizquel.
  • Alex Call replaced him and went 1-for-3 with a double and a strikeout.
  • Blake Rutherford, 1-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Micker Adolfo, 1-for-5 with two strikeouts. He was caught stealing.
  • Ti’Quan Forbes was 1-for-4 with his second homer of the season.
  • Yeyson Yrizarri, 1-for-4 with a K.


*Luis Robert made his first appearance in extended spring training as he builds toward a debut with the Dash.

Kannapolis 2, West Virginia 1 (5½ innings, rain)

  • Luis Gonzalez reached the three true outcomes in three plate appearances. He was also caught stealing.
  • Justin Yurchak went 0-for-3 with a K.
  • Evan Skoug, 0-for-2 with a strikeout.
  • Luis Curbelo went 1-for-2, but committed two errors.
  • John Parke gets the complete game: 5 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
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Luis Gonzalez is having a decent year, hope they promote him to Winston Salem was they bump Basabe and Adolfo up.


I’d bump up Call before Adolfo. Call is 23 and most likely a 4th OF at this point. Micker is still age appropriate (21) for Hi-A and is still striking out at a 26% clip.


Adolfo is also almost certainly going to need surgery shortly. I’d rather he go out with a bit of confidence, rather than the possibility of getting overwhelmed in Birmingham.


As mentioned at the end of the game thread:

Luis Robert walked, popped out, and grounded out in extended ST. https://mobile.twitter.com/billazbbphotog/status/1001236036708528128
Played center.


I’m thinking Jimenez doesn’t crack the big leagues until September. He’ll get promoted once Robert hits W-S, but Hahn will keep him at Charlotte for at least 200 at-bats. 

They’re being prudent, but I think their biggest fear is, “What if Kopech and Jimenez look bad/mediocre in their mlb debuts?”

Greg Nix

You’re overthinking this. It’s the Super Two deadline. 


Kopech will be up in a week or two, yes.  


Greg Nix

Jim’s post today has a good logic for why he’s still in AA. I’d guess he’s in Chicago by mid-July at the latest. Probably sooner.


If Hahn only keeps Eloy in AAA for a month, good for him and good for the rest of us. 


Little sketchy with some of the ETAs on players. Jimenez and Kopech in 2019 and Collins and Dunning this year. Huh? Clerical error I guess. And Burdi at 5?  Shouldn’t they watch him pitch a game or two post-surgery?


Burdi has a higher ceiling than almost anybody below him on the list, and he’s already shown success at AAA. I don’t see anybody below him that has proven they deserve to be ahead of him. Everybody below him has significant question marks (as does Burdi), but without the benefit of having proven themselves as capable at AAA.

Eagle Bones

Yep, I like Burdi up around 5-7 on these lists.