White Sox Minor Keys: May 5, 2018

Following the Winston-Salem Dash’s performance this season, I’d been wondering which prospect was going to hit a homer first: Blake Rutherford or Gavin Sheets.

Rutherford won, as he hoisted one out by the slimmest of margins at BB&T Ballpark on Saturday.

While it took Rutherford a month to tally in that category, it’s hard to quibble with the rest of his production, or at least the direction of it. He’s hitting .352/.378/.495 with 10 extra-base hits in 22 games, after coming up with just five extra-base hits — all doubles — in 30 games in Kannapolis last year. Ideally the homers will start showing up with more frequency, especially since Winston-Salem is a fairly friendly place for hitting them.

It’d behoove Sheets to join the party, because he’s a first-base-only prospect who is hitting .276/.417/.356 over 108 plate appearances. He knows the strike zone (19 walks, 14 strikeouts), but that hasn’t yet translated into driving the pitches he swings at.

Charlotte 1, Columbus 0

Tennessee 3, Birmingham 1

Winston-Salem 6, Buies Creek 2

Kannapolis 7, Hagerstown 3

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Jim Margalus
Jim Margalus

Writing about the White Sox for a 16th season, first here, then at South Side Sox, and now here again. Let’s talk curling.

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Josh Nelson

Poor Seby Zavala is on a cold streak.



Trooper Galactus

Excellent outing from Flores. And yeah, I just can’t figure out Sheets. Makes lots of contact, draws lots of walks, but that last third of his triple-slash just makes no sense coming from a guy his size.


It fits with his wood bat stats in College.