White Sox Minor Keys: May 3, 2018

Like one of those years where a pitcher finishes higher in MVP voting than Cy Young, Micker Adolfo was named the Carolina League Player of the Month for April when his teammate got the monthly nod for the best position player performance in the organization earlier in the week.

Adolfo excelled, of course. He hit .308/.369/.549 with a league-leading five homers and 21 RBIs. He missed Wednesday’s game after getting drilled in a shin by a pitch the game before, but he reentered action on Thursday and hit his sixth homer of the season.

Luis Alexander Basabe had received the White Sox’ organizational accolade by beating Adolfo in the triple-slash lines (.313/.400/.615). Whatever the case, both kept it going by homering on Thursday night.

Columbus 4, Charlotte 2

  • Jose Rondon went 1-for-4 with a strikeout, and was caught stealing.
  • Charlie Tilson was 0-for-3 with a strikeout and a sac bunt.
  • Kevan Smith was pinch-hit for in the sixth inning (Welington Castillo precaution?).
  • Casey Gillaspie went 1-for-2 with a double and a walk.

Tennessee 8, Birmingham 5

  • Tito Polo went 1-for-5, and was picked off/caught stealing.
  • Zack Collins is still rolling: 2-for-3 with two walks.
  • Eloy Jimenez went 2-for-5 with a double and a strikeout.
  • Seby Zavala, 0-for-5 with two strikeouts.
  • Matt Rose went 1-for-4 with a double, walk and two strikeouts.
  • Spencer Adams: 3.1 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 4 HR
  • Ian Hamilton: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K


*James Fegan provides an update on the Collins-Zavala battle.

Like Collins, though, Zavala has faced his own defensive questions. With five passed balls already this season, he has more than nearly every other team in the Southern League, and his throwing arm has been described as “fringy,” though his caught stealing rates have taken a turn for the better since the Arizona Fall League (42.8 percent since October). Zavala has always been revered for his game calling, and curtailing the running game matters less than ever these days, so a league scout who recently watched him expressed confidence he could stick behind the plate if he becomes more of a bat-first guy. Which again raises the question of how real this unfathomably hot start to 2018 really is.

Winston-Salem 5, Lynchburg 3

  • Luis Alexander Basabe hit his fifth homer, walked and struck out twice.
  • Alex Call went 1-for-4, and was caught stealing.
  • Blake Rutherford, 2-for-4 with a double and a strikeout.
  • Micker Adolfo hit his sixth homer, singled and struck out twice.
  • Gavin Sheets went 0-for-4 with a strikeout.
  • Ti’Quan Forbes, 0-for-2 with a walk.

Kannapolis 7, Hickory 5

  • Luis Gonzalez avoided striking out for just the second time in 23 games, going 1-for-4 with a double.
  • Justin Yurchak went 0-for-4.
  • Evan Skoug, 1-for-4 with a homer and two strikeouts.
  • Carlos Perez was 1-for-4 with a double.
  • Lincoln Henzman: 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 1 HR, 1 HBP
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What does everyone think of the Keith Law mock draft? He has catcher Joey Bart going to Sox. Be a tough organizational admission if they go for 2nd catcher in 3 years. I like that’s supposed to stick at the position and I’m not the biggest believer in Collins but would much prefer Madrigal or Singer if he somehow falls.


Law’s sources are sometimes questionable. I’m hoping this is one of those times.

Fringy wood bat track record, high K rate, busy swing and overly aggressive approach do not make for a sound #4 pick
If they chose Bart or McClanahan, my already waning faith in Hostetler would evaporate.


Bart’s hitting profile seems to opposite of the high  walk, good K/BB ratio of the Collins, Burger, Sheets, and Gonzalez picks of recent years. 

It seems Madrigal fits more into what they’ve been lookin for.

lil jimmy

KL is kinda a one man shop. I would put more faith in his player evaluations than his Mock Drafts.


Fangraphs will have a new Mock early next week. They seem pretty in-tune with FO’s. I’ll wait to see if they agree. Longenhagen disagreed with another of Law’s picks in yesterday’s chat.

Eagle Bones

Last I saw on FG, the driver here seems to be who will SF pick? They’re pretty confident with Mize at 1 and Bohm at 3 (if he’s there, Madrigal if not).

Ed Casey

Is there any info on why Spencer Adams is struggling so bad this season? For a 3rd go around with the Barons the results thus far have been ugly!


He had an injury in spring training, so he got a late start on the year. I wonder if he’s 100% healthy.

Eagle Bones

A couple of prospect-centric things in Sox fan circles that are interesting to me:

1. Adolfo seems to be getting a ton of love since last year, way more than Basabe, but Basabe seems like a much more interesting prospect to me. Seems better in pretty much every way other than I guess raw power. I’m pretty excited about him after this early season outburst, hopefully we’re seeing a tools guy consolidating those tools into skills.

2. For all of the complaining about Collins’ Ks and all the love for Seby, Mr. Zavala hasn’t exactly but the bat on the ball a ton himself. I know the expectations are WAY lower given where he was taken in the draft (and he’s also run way higher BABIPs), but the fan opinions of these two seems a little oddly skewed (especially considering the defensive issues Zavala has as well).


Ah, the benefits of low expectations…


I didn’t think the Zavala love was real.

Believe he’s as much a long shot to be a Major Leaguer as Collins.
I just like calling him Seb!


Agree on both. Especially Basabe vs. Adolfo. There’s a good chance that Adolfo is a bat-only LF/DH a la Viciedo. Viciedo is probably an optimistic outcome for him.

Greg Nix

Adolfo has a better defensive profile than Viciedo, I think. More likely to become an average corner OF (assuming his elbow gets healthy).


I thought both Adolfo/Basabe had plus defensive profiles? Adolfo in right because of his arm (albeit that’s now a concern) and Basabe due to all around tools. Mlb pipeline mentioned that he could stick in center. 

Eagle Bones

That chance to stick in center is the big difference. And even if he got bumped to a corner, he’s probably a lot better there than Adolfo (who sounds like he has already filled out quite a bit and probably will continue to). Range is far more important than arm.

Greg Nix

A lot of the Adolfo loves from fans is probably just because they’ve been hearing about him longer than Basabe. Basabe was also terrible last year, while Adolfo had something of a breakout.


I’m skeptical of Adolfo’s ability to be a plus defender because he’s gotten so big, and I assume he’s not going to stop gaining mass any time soon. Viciedo had a plus arm too.

Greg Nix

Viciedo was 5’11″/225 lbs as a prospect. Adolfo is 6’3″/200. Viciedo also didn’t play the OF at all until after he had already reached the majors. I don’t think they have very similar defensive profiles beyond “not middle infielders.”

Trooper Galactus

While I’d wager Adolfo weighs a bit over that 200 lbs. estimamte nowadays, he’s absolutely more athletic than Viciedo ever was. Having actually played in the outfield for several years also means he should have at least some instincts for the position, ones that Viciedo never really developed.


Completely agree.

Basabe has BB/K ratio 3x Adolfo’s, plays CF and doesn’t have the injury history.

Collins has a BB/K twice as high as Seby’s, a lower K% and isn’t sporting an astronomical BABIP. People strangely give Seby a pass on his bad defense while constantly worrying whether Collins will stick – they seem to have the same likelihood to me. Not to mention that Seby is a year and a half older…


Then why doesn’t that manifest at all in their stat lines? The two have almost identical ISO and K% in their High-A/Double-A careers.

Trooper Galactus

I’d say Basabe is a much more interesting prospect as well. When we got him in trade, he seemed like so many of the ultra-athletic toolsy players we had drafted in the first round for so many years, and like so many of them he floundered in the White Sox system and got hurt. Unlike them, he’s bounced back and is raking like none of them did at ANY level. If he can make the jump to AA this year and continue to post a .800+ OPS while playing center field, he’s on track for a late 2019 callup.


At what point does Lincoln Henzman become real? He has to be a big climber on the Midseason list at this point

Eagle Bones

Hopefully he and McClure get bumped to WS midseason. Hard to tell if there’s anything there at such a low level. Maybe we’ll get some notes from John over at Scouting the Sally on these two.


When are they scheduled to shut down Adolfo for surgery? Will he have a chance to get promoted?


They haven’t said. Tyler Saladino had his TJ late July/early August and was back in early April. So it’s possible they’ll let Adolfo play most of the season.


Wait, no, Saladino’s surgery was August 15th!


Have they indicated yet that they’re going to go that route? I know there’s been lots of talk of playing it by ear. At any rate, I’d assume they wait at least until June.

Eagle Bones

Thought I saw a story recently where he was supposed to go in for a checkup sometime soon to see if they were going to shut him down for surgery or let him keep playing. I’m assuming if he’s still doing ok then they could let him play out the year and have him get the surgery in the offseason (in which case he probably wouldn’t miss anything other than offseason work).