White Sox Minor Keys: July 1, 2018

Luis Robert lands on the DL, and Eloy Jimenez might join him

If there’s one reason to suppress enthusiasm about Eloy Jimenez, it’s that he doesn’t have the cleanest track record in terms of health. We saw that up close this spring when he missed a good chunk of action due to patellar tendinitis, and then when a strained pectoral muscle delayed the start of his regular season.

He left Sunday’s game against Gwinnett after flying out in his second at-bat, and it looks like some kind of leg injury.

An MiLB.com story says “a White Sox official declined comment on the severity of his injury.” Whatever it ends up being, it already wasn’t a great day for banged-up prospects, because the Winston-Salem Dash placed Luis Robert on the DL with a thumb injury.

Charlotte 7, Gwinnett 6

  • Eloy Jimenez left the game after going 1-for-2.
  • Jose Rondon was lifted for a pinch hitter before leading off the bottom of the first.
  • Seby Zavala went 0-for-3 with two walks and a strikeout.
  • Carson Fulmer’s day ended with a grand slam: 1.2 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, just 26 of 53 pitches for strikes.
  • Ian Hamilton: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Jackson 4, Birmingham 3 (11 innings)

  • Joel Booker and Luis Alexander Basabe were both 0-for-5 with three strikeouts.
  • Zack Collins went 1-for-4 with a homer, walk and two strikeouts.
  • Danny Mendick went 0-for-5 with a K.
  • Alex Call went 2-for-4 with a strikeout.
  • Jameson Fisher was 1-for-2 with two walks.
  • Dylan Cease’s second start at Double-A is more like it: 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 1 HR
  • Ryan Burr: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 WP

Wilmington 4, Winston-Salem 3

  • Luis Gonzalez went 1-for-4 with a double and a walk.
  • Laz Rivera, 0-for-3 with a strikeout and a sac bunt.
  • Blake Rutherford went 1-for-4 with a K.
  • Gavin Sheets extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a 2-for-4 day.
  • Yeyson Yrizarri also went 2-for-4, with a double.

Rome 6, Kannapolis 5 (7½ innings, rain)

  • Luis Curbelo went 2-for-4 with two doubles.
  • Michael Hickman went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts.
  • Justin Yurchak, 1-for-4 with a double.
  • Carlos Perez went 2-for-4 with a strikeout.

Helena 5, Great Falls 4

  • Lenyn Sosa went 1-for-4.
  • Romy Gonzalez, 0-for-4 with a strikeout.
  • Jhoandro Alfaro was 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Bennett Sousa: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 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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Robert has been in the Sox organization for a year and has missed time, what 4 or 5 times already? Jeesh.


When the big league team is up, the farm is down.  When the farm is up, the big league team is down.  You know who you are Jim?  You’re Even Steven.  

The Wimperoo

Seinfeld reference gets a rec every time.

lil jimmy

I saw Ian Hamilton last night, and liked everything about him. Chicago is in his future.


Jesse Sanchez reporting the White Sox have agreed to terms with the following international prospects so far:

Bryan Ramos, 3B, Cuba — $300,000
Harold Diaz, SS, Cuba –$300,000
Luis Pineda, C, Venezuela — $300,000



Sanchez also reports $250,000 deals with first baseman Alberto Lemay Bernal of Cuba and shortstop Anthony Espinosa.


Whither Tejada the younger?

lil jimmy

Indications are that Tejada is going elsewhere. WS still have four million plus to spend.

Josh Nelson

I wonder if they keep some of that and trade cash for prospects again.

lil jimmy

You bet they will. My error, under 4 million left.

Eagle Bones

I haven’t been reading every thread lately so I probably missed it being discussed elsewhere, but pumped to see Madrigal sign. Can’t wait to see his name in the box scores.


According to Fegan, Luis Robert is out 4-8 weeks with an aggravation of the thumb sprain, and Eloy Jimenez is out a couple weeks with a strained left adductor muscle.


By my count
8/17 Sprained right ankle 8/17 Left Meniscus
3/18 Sprained ligament left thumb, 6/18 HBP removed as precaution
7/18 Sprained left thumb
I am not saying he will always be injury prone but certainly through his first year – he is. Was hoping to see enough in Winston where next year he’d be pegged for Birmingham at least.


Not familiar with Robert’s prior thumb issue but if he aggravated an existing sprain, does that mean he came back too soon?

Lurker Laura

I’d like to change my vote in the “confidence in a playoff contender by 2020” to a 1. Too many injuries in our top prospects (I’m including Moncada in this, as he’s been injured at least twice since the trade and takes a long time to get his game in order after a DL stint). Not saying this is purely a Sox problem. The more the sport advances, and players push their bodies to the limit, the more injuries there are everywhere.


Burger, Hansen, Dunning, Adolfo, Robert, Jimenez, Burdi, Clarkin, McClure, Cordell, Pucket, Curbello, Diaz.


That’s 7 of our top 12 (according to Fangraphs) missing extended periods of time this year. And that doesn’t even count Adolfo (#9) because he has at least been able to play through his injury. Ridiculous. 


I included Adolfo because his loudest tool was supposed to be his arm. With improved rout running, I thought he had a shot as a decent RF.
I posted somewhere else that I hope this keeps the Sox far away from the FA market this offseason. Don’t give up the pick(s), international $ and fWAR with this many question marks.

lil jimmy

I count 17 players unsigned in the top 40. Three are Oregon State players. They have to sign by Friday, I believe.
Two are Indian’s picks. It would be a shame if they don’t sign.