White Sox Minor Keys: May 29, 2018

FanGraphs' minor league rankings come out, but they seem incomplete

It took until the last week of May, but FanGraphs finally got around to posting its top 25 White Sox prospects list. It’s 2-3 months later than usual, which would at least give it the advantage of recent information, but it’s hard to know how much of the 2018 performances went into the process.

Some observations:

*Zack Burdi was ranked fifth, which is the most bullish number I’ve seen for him. I get the reasoning to an extent even with the Tommy John surgery, although I’d want to see him succeed pitching back-to-back days — something he didn’t do in Charlotte — before fully buying in.

*Zack Collins got tagged as a first baseman, which was purposeful. Also has the same hit tool as Eloy Jimenez for some reason.

*Jake Burger‘s write-up mentions an Achilles injury, although it’s not clear whether Kiley McDaniel knows he tore it twice.

*Ryan Cordell is ranked six spots ahead of Luis Alexander Basabe, and doesn’t mention Cordell’s broken clavicle or Basabe’s knee surgery.

*Jameson Fisher is handling Birmingham rather well (.245/.337/.408) considering his disappointing production at Winston-Salem, and a loft-added swing might be helping.

*Jordan Stephens behind Ian Clarkin and Spencer Adams is one that looks like a poor bet right now.

Charlotte 5, Lehigh Valley 1

  • Kevan Smith returned from the DL and went 0-for-3 with a walk while catching.
  • Casey Gillaspie went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
  • Carlos Rodon: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K, 58 of 86 pitches for strikes. Hopefully he’s ready to roll.


*James Fegan has everything you want to know about Michael Kopech’s origin story.

Chattanooga 1, Birmingham 0

  • Danny Mendick went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
  • Zack Collins, 1-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Eloy Jimenez was 1-for-4 with a strikeout.
  • Jameson Fisher was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.
  • Tito Polo, 1-for-2 with a walk.


*The White Sox added yet another former Tigers reliever in Jairo Labourt, placing him on Birmingham’s roster.

Myrtle Beach 6, Winston-Salem 2 (10 innings)

  • Joel Booker went 0-for-5 with a strikeout and a stolen base.
  • Luis Alexander Basabe was 0-for-4 with a strikeout and a CS.
  • Micker Adolfo, 2-for-4 with a strikeout.
  • Blake Rutherford went 1-for-4 with a K.
  • Yeyson Yrizarri singled, walked, was plunked, struck out and was caught stealing twice.
  • Alex Call lined out in a pinch-hitting appearance.
  • Dylan Cease struggled: 4 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 7 K, 54 of 94 pitches for strikes.


*Gavin Sheets went on the disabled list with a strained foot. Mikey Duarte took his place on the roster.

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2018 Happened, McDaniel


this was a pretty disappointing effort.


Fegan’s piece on the Kopech family gives a nice look at how the draft process looks from the prospect’s perspective. (It also confirms that James Fegan is an unstoppable content provider who is well worth an Athletic subscription by himself.)


Fegan’s interview pieces are fantastic. His writing style – particularly his proclivity for absurd run-on sentences – can be a bit frustrating at times.


How is Eloy doing in RF?


his defense doesn’t matter – he’s not going to make enough contact to break AA.


I’m wondering if I should be scared for our pitchers when he’s in right and Delmonico or Palka are in left


Probably. On the bright side, it can’t be any worse that having Avi in RF and Delmonico or Palka in LF.

Josh Nelson

Here are some Carlos Rodon highlights:

Everything looks pretty effortless for Carlos.


Really hope he can stay healthy. If I recall correctly, he had a stretch last year where he looked damn near unhittable before going out with injury again. I want to say there were a few mediocre starts in the beginning when he just got off the DL, but after he got everything back in sync, he was extremely impressive against a handful of playoff teams. 


Hope Kevin Smith joins the big club this weekend. 

Blow my Gload

This is where we are at as Sox fans. Hoping for Kevan Smith.


Better than hoping for Kevin Smith. Tripping up on the base paths in his giant jorts.

Josh Nelson

Didn’t he have a heart attack recently?


I forgot about that. Seems like he’s doing ok now


I was perusing the minor league leaderboards on FanGraphs and noticed that Jimenez and Collins are currently ranked 2nd and 4th in the Southern League in wRC+. Not too shabby.

Brett R. Bobysud

Collins had 2 more hits today to bump up his average to .275 and his OPS to .925.

His slash line since April 24 is as follows:

BB% 24.8%
SO% 23.6%

jose robcada

collins has been incredible this year, every bit as good as eloy offensively since he took off on april 24th (eloy broke out the game before) stats in that time are pretty close to identical but collins walks way more.
Remember that this is the exact profile he had when we drafted him (cant miss mlb ready bat). I think its time to get really excited about him since he is performing just as his predraft scouting reports had him


They have both been crazy good since they got going (Eloy after coming back rusty from his injury – Collins after making his swing change). 

In Eloy’s last 34 games, he is slashing .357/.392/.657 with 27 K’s and 10 BB’s for a 1.049 OPS. 

In Zack’s last 32 games, he is slashing .343/.507/.574 with 34 K’s and 35 BB’s for a 1.081 OPS. And those numbers don’t include today’s game yet, where he went 2-for-4 with a double, BB, and K – meaning all of his numbers should go up a little bit. 

That’s one hell of a one-two punch. I’m starting to get the feeling Hahn is going to keep them both in AA until the all-star break so they can participate in whatever AA all-star festivities there are (which has been suggested before, for Eloy at least). I hope I’m wrong and they both end up in AAA sooner rather than later, but he’s clearly in no hurry to promote anybody, so it wouldn’t surprise me at this point.