White Sox Minor Keys: July 12, 2018

Alex Call (Jim Margalus / Sox Machine)

With fewer than two months remaining in the minor league season, it looks like the World-Famous Winston-Salem Outfield Logjam sorted itself out.

  • The good: Luis Alexander Basabe, Joel Booker and Alex Call going to Birmingham
  • The bad: Micker Adolfo is done for the year; Luis Robert out for several weeks.
  • The OK: Rutherford staying in Winston-Salem

Booker registers as the biggest surprise of the bunch given his draft round, but Alex Call isn’t far behind. After an intercostal strain led to a lost 2017 and a slow April looked like more of the same, Call looked ready enough for a trial run at Double-A.

James Fegan wrote a good profile of Call, catching us up on his affinity for data as Call tries to catch up on a season of lost plate appearances.

Call can and has played a little center field, but won’t crack in there super regularly when his teammates are Booker and Basabe. He’s not a slap hitter or anything, but doesn’t have the raw power of an Eloy Jiménez or a Micker Adolfo that makes him an ideal middle-of-the-order option. He’s walking a ton this year, but isn’t a hyper-patient Zack Collins type. His selling point is a lack of glaring weaknesses across the board, and the smart and work ethic to make the whole package play up.

Charlotte 4, Durham 2

  • Jose Rondon went 1-for-5 with a double.
  • Seby Zavala was 2-for-5.
  • Hey, Jordan Guerrero: 6.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K, 1 WP
  • Ian Hamilton: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 WP

Birmingham 8, Tennessee 5

  • Joel Booker went 1-for-5 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Luis Alexander Basabe was 1-for-3 with two walks.
  • Zack Collins, 2-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Danny Mendick went 1-for-4 with a double, walk and strikeout.
  • Jameson Fisher went 1-for-5 with two strikeouts.
  • Alex Call doubled, singled and struck out three times.
  • Ryan Burr: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K

Winston-Salem 6, Salem 5

  • Luis Gonzalez went 2-for-4 with a double, walk, strikeout and stolen base.
  • Laz Rivera was 0-for-3 with a K, HBP and a sac fly.
  • Blake Rutherford went 0-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Gavin Sheets, 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Ti’Quan Forbes, 1-for-4 with a K.
  • John Parke: 7 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 4 K

Kannapolis 2, Greensboro 1

  • Luis Curbelo and Evan Skoug continued slumping, both going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.
  • Carlos Perez went 1-for-4 with a strikeout.
  • Will Kincanon: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 1 WP

Great Falls 6, Orem 3

  • Lenyn Sosa went 0-for-5 with a strikeout.
  • Corey Zangari walked twice, hit a sac fly and struck out once.
  • Romy Gonzalez was 2-for-3 with a walk.
  • Amado Nunez, 1-for-4 with a K.
  • Bennett Sousa: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

AZL D-backs 5, AZL White Sox 1

  • Nick Madrigal returned to action, going 0-for-2 with a walk. He was caught stealing.
  • Cabera Weaver struck out after pinch-hitting for him.
  • Camilo Quinteiro went 1-for-4 with a strikeout.
  • Luis Mieses was 0-for-4.
  • Anthony Coronado went 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Sam Abbott struck out and was plunked twice.
  • Bryce Bush made his pro debut and went 0-for-3.
  • Kelvin Maldonado and Josue Guerrero are both hitting .086 after going 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.
  • Ian Clarkin: 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K

DSL Blue Jays 4, DSL White Sox 1

  • Jefferson Mendoza was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.
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I miss Robert, Jimenez, Dunning, Burdi, Adolfo and McClure.


Then you’re gonna love 2019!!


Luis Gonzalez loves road games since the call-up. I would ask if W-S is a tough park for hitters, but it didn’t seem to phase the rest of the OF group. Recall that an 18-game sample size is scientific and definitive.

I just noticed while looking at his page that his birthplace is in Mexico. Assuming things pan out for him, it would be cool if he did the WBC thing in ’21 – I don’t think of that as one of the tougher rosters to crack.


At this point, Hamilton has to be a September callup at the very least, right?

Lurker Laura

I would think (hope) so. Maybe sooner, if Soria is dealt.

Brett R. Bobysud

Yeah, barring an injury, Hamilton should be in the majors at some point this season.