White Sox Minor Keys: June 16, 2018

Alec Hansen's return is a victory in and of itself, and the only victory for the White Sox farm system Saturday

Alec Hansen finally surfaced in a regular-season game, making his long-awaited 2018 debut in Birmingham on Saturday.

The results weren’t impressive. He allowed six runs on nine hits and a walk over 4⅔ innings, striking out four. He was greeted with three singles in the first inning, then gave up a three-run blast in the second inning. He then settled down to retire the next seven in a row before the stumbling through the third trip through the order.

Still, the most important thing is that Hansen pitched. He’d been battling a forearm issue that has been described as muscular, and also something he’d battled in high school. Forearm tightness is often a precursor to Tommy John surgery, but that measure hasn’t been part of the conversation.

Just like Carlos Rodon, the key is for Hansen to take the mound again five days from now. Or maybe a few more than that, what with the All-Star break and all.

Norfolk 4, Charlotte 3

  • Leury Garcia started his rehab stint by going 1-for-4 with a strikeout.
  • Spencer Adams’ Triple-A debut: 7 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, 2 HR
  • Thyago Vieira: 1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 K

Chattanooga 12, Birmingham 2 (5½ innings, rain)

  • Danny Mendick went 2-for-3 with a double.
  • Eloy Jimenez hit a sac fly and struck out twice.
  • Seby Zavala singled and struck out.
  • Jameson Fisher went 0-for-2.
  • Alec Hansen: 4.2 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Wilmington 2, Winston-Salem 1

  • Luis Alexander Basabe went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
  • Blake Rutherford, 1-for-4 with a K and a stolen base.
  • Alex Call was 1-for-3 with a walk, but picked off/caught stealing.
  • Gavin Sheets went 1-for-4.
  • Ti’Quan Forbes, 0-for-3 with a K.
  • Yeyson Yrizarri was 0-for-3.
  • Jimmy Lambert: 8 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K

Greensboro 4, Kannapolis 1

  • Luis Gonzalez went 1-for-4.
  • Luis Robert, 2-for-4 with a strikeout and two stolen bases.
  • Luis Curbelo went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and his ninth error.
  • Carlos Perez, 1-for-4.


*Kannapolis fell into a tie with Lakewood atop the Sally League Northern Division after its fourth straight loss. The Intimidators hold a three-point edge in winning percentage, .591 to .588.

*Robert’s wheels:

DSL Orioles 3, DSL White Sox 1

  • Jefferson Mendoza struck out all three times up.

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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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Looks like the lower level ASG’s are on Tuesday, so I’m really hoping we see some movement before Thursday’s games. 


No dingers hit by any White Sox affiliate yesterday. There should be a name for such a feat.



Trooper Galactus

“Sheets-ing the bed.”


Promotions I’d like to see:

Jimenez and Hamilton to Charlotte.
Basabe, Cease, Flores, and Tyler Johnson to Birmingham
Robert, Gonzalez, and Henzman to Winston Salem