White Sox Minor Keys: May 31, 2018

The farm system goes 3-for-3 in strong starts, and Eloy Jimenez homers again

Now that Seby Zavala has returned from the disabled list, the catcher rotation with Zack Collins is back on.

White Sox roving catching instructor John Orton has been traveling with the big-league club because that’s where the catchers need the most immediate help. Omar Narvaez leads the league in passed balls with abysmal framing numbers, and Alfredo Gonzalez has looked overwhelmed by the emergency call to the majors.

How are these connected? Orton being in Cleveland gave James Fegan the opportunity to get an update on defensive progress from the Barons’ tandem. Zavala is the one who seems ahead, based on this:

“Seemed like this spring and even in the [Arizona] Fall League a little bit last year, some things started to really click for him defensively,” Orton said of Zavala. “Receiving-wise, he’s always had really good hands, but he kind of quieted it up and is just a real solid receiver right now. Just being around the veteran pitchers of the fall league helped him just go to the next level as far as running a game. He’s always been a super smart, super sharp kid, a kid that cares about the pitching staff, which is No. 1, but now he kind of has a really good feel.”

And this:

“I think Double-A starting off the year was a big jump for [Collins] offensively and defensively, so he kind of got off to a slow start offensively, so we kind of left him alone on the defense side because I didn’t want to throw too much at him,” Orton said. “He was kind of, I’m not going to stay struggling, not having the results he wanted offensively. The defensive side of it, it takes a while to kind of catch up. He didn’t have a ton of games at the A-ball level to get him ready for Double-A. He was kind of behind that way, I guess, but definitely seen improvements lately.”

Charlotte 6, Lehigh Valley 2

  • Jordan Stephens: 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 2 HR
  • Thyago Vieira: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Birmingham 3, Chattanooga 0

  • Danny Mendick went 1-for-3 with a walk.
  • Zack Collins was 0-for-1 with three walks.
  • Eloy Jimenez’s three-run homer in the first was his only hit in four at-bats, and resulted in all the scoring.
  • Seby Zavala was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.
  • Jameson Fisher doubled, singled and struck out twice.
  • Tito Polo was 1-for-2 with a sac bunt.
  • Spencer Adams, everybody: 8 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K on 90 pitches.

Winston-Salem 3, Myrtle Beach 2

  • Luis Alexander Basabe went 1-for-4 with a double and two strikeouts.
  • Ti’Quan Forbes, 0-for-3 with a strikeout and an HBP.
  • Alex Call went 2-for-4 with a double, strikeout and stolen base.
  • Micker Adolfo drew a walk and struck out thrice.
  • Joel Booker, 1-for-4.
  • Yeyson Yrizarri, 0-for-3 with a walk.
  • Bernardo Flores: 8 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K

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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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Stephens, Adams, Flores  … loving me some pitching prospects.  Why not Stephens promoted after Kopech?


We should call all 3 of them, plus Vieira, up immediately.


Oh how the White Sox have crushed many a man’s soul.  Once beeming with optimism, Steve is reduced to a mere morsel of himself, rocking in his chair, screaming into his transistor radio, “Bring them up!  Bring them all up! ….. goddammit”. 



Some day when I have the time, I need to lay out where my expectations were not met. In the meantime, I rock in my chair.


Zack Collins in May
.322/ .508/ .540/ 1.048 with a 24% K rate.

I believe we classify that as one month of crushing it.


Stephens’ consistently adequate starts are oddly calming.


Seems relevant to the catching depth discussion – I just flipped my free White Sox calendar over to June, and the face of the month is Wellington Castillo. That’s perfect timing.


The calendar cost precisely the money Castillo will receive from the White Sox this month.


As great as Flores’ top line numbers were, the MiLB box yields still more encouragement: He got through 8 innings on just 99 pitches, 71! of which were strikes. And Flores also threw 15 goddam groundouts, versus just 2 flyouts. Noice.

SP: Roach, Guerrero, Lambert, Henzman

lil jimmy

nice break down Flitcraft.