White Sox Minor Keys: June 21, 2018

So many level debuts

When the dust settled, the White Sox promoted 17 different prospects in all on Thursday, and some of them did not hesitate making themselves at home that same night.

In Birmingham, Joel Booker collected four hits in his first four at-bats. And in Winston-Salem, Luis Robert singled on an 0-2 pitch in his first plate appearance, then crossed off his first stolen base and first run before the end of the first frame.

Let’s just go straight to the box scores.

Columbus 4, Charlotte 1

  • Eloy Jimenez went 1-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Seby Zavala, 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
  • Carson Fulmer: 7 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 11 K, 2 HR, 1 WP, 62 of 109 pitches for strikes.


*Zavala catching Fulmer’s first-ever 11-strikeout game is a good way to start his defensive Triple-A career. (Video: Fulmer on Zavala)

*Speaking of video, here’s Jimenez’s first hit:

*And here’s postgame with Jimenez talking about the new digs and his defense.

Birmingham 6, Montgomery 5

  • Joel Booker set a tough act to follow in his Double-A debut: 4-for-5 with a double and a stolen base.
  • Luis Alexander Basabe’s debut was more modest: 1-for-5 with a strikeout.
  • Zack Collins walked twice and struck out thrice.
  • Danny Mendick was 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Jameson Fisher went 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Alex Call, 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
  • Ryan Burr: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K

Winston-Salem 4, Down East 2

  • Luis Robert went 1-for-3 with a strikeout, sac fly and a stolen base.
  • Laz Rivera, 0-for-4 with a strikeout.
  • Blake Rutherford went 1-for-4 with a solo shot.
  • Micker Adolfo went 2-for-4 with his eighth homer, a double and a strikeout.
  • Gavin Sheets was 1-for-4 with a double and two strikeouts.
  • Ti’Quan Forbes went 0-for-3 with a strikeout.


*Video of the back-to-back homers:

Kannapolis 9, Delmarva 0

  • Luis Curbelo went 2-for-5 with a double.
  • Michael Hickman went 1-for-3 with a strikeout and an HBP.
  • Justin Yurchak, 1-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • John Parke: 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Billings 11, Great Falls 4

  • Lenyn Sosa went 1-for-4 with a homer and a sac fly.
  • Romy Gonzalez, 0-for-3 with a walk.
  • Gunnar Troutwine, 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts.
  • Amado Nunez went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
  • Maiker Feliz was 0-for-4.

DSL D-Backs1 9, DSL White Sox 7

  • Jose Rodriguez went 1-for-5 with a homer.
  • Jefferson Mendoza, 1-for-5 with a K.
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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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Wow. When Fulmer comes back, bring Seby with him.  

Josh Nelson

Seby had a good game defensively. Did a nice job of framing pitches on the outside corners and threw out a couple of baserunners.

Also a video of Carson Fulmer’s curve that was very effective last night.


We just might have an above replacement level catcher after all.  


There were some good lines last night!


It’s nice to see Fulmer have an outing like that. I don’t remember him even having anything that good last year either.

Hopefully he’s found something and can string a couple more of these together then come back up and get back into the rotation. Covey and Fulmer both pitching well would be a good problem to have.


*waves Lenyn Sosa and Jose Rodriguez pom-poms*


*throws wadded up socks at Laz Rivera poster hanging over bed*


The camera work on the Adolfo homer is a thing of beauty. The zoom in on the dude who missed the ball. Lingering on him, as he shamefully explains to his lady friend how he could have missed such an easy catch. His dejected slouch back into his seat. It’s just marvelous.


Sox infielders could take a cue from him on how to stay in front of the ball.


Nice debuts. Good to see the promos wasting no time being productive. Keep it up and keep moving up!

Greg Nix

MLB Pipeline updated their Top 100 today (not including 2018 Draft yet, though). Cease (43) and Dunning (56) both moved up, Collins (99) rejoined.