White Sox Minor Keys: July 16, 2018

Laz Rivera (Jim Margalus / Sox Machine)

A while back, I was asked on Twitter when White Sox fans can start buying the hype on Laz Rivera. I responded that I considered him on the Danny Mendick track.

Rivera: Hitting .330/.372/.511 over A-ball — 70 percent of his plate appearances at Kannapolis — as a 23-year-old shortstop drafted in the 28th round.

Mendick: Hit .289/.373/.468 at Winston-Salem as a 23-year-old shortstop in 2017 after being drafted in the 22nd round in 2015.

Rivera has run hot-and-cold over his first 23 games at High-A, and after going 0-for-15 during  four-game stretch, he’s now on one of those upswings, which included a walk-off grand slam on Monday night:

But Mendick, who is no stranger to slumps and streaks himself, also homered for Birmingham. He’s hitting .239/.322/.405 with 11 homers and 15 steals one level above Rivera. Considering Rivera has drawn just eight walks over 86 games, I imagine Double-A is going to put him to the test in a similar fashion.

Pawtucket 8, Charlotte 6

  • Nicky Delmonico went 3-for-5 with a double.
  • Eloy Jimenez, 2-for-5 with a double.
  • Jose Rondon was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
  • Thyago Vieira: 1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP


*Video of Jimenez’s double:

Birmingham 9, Tennessee 2

  • Joel Booker went 1-for-5 with a walk and a stolen base.
  • Alex Call went 2-for-5 with a double.
  • So did Zack Collins, with a strikeout.
  • Danny Mendick went 2-for-3 with a homer, two walks and a stolen base.
  • Jameson Fisher was 1-for-3 with a walk and an HBP.
  • Ryan Burr: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Winston-Salem 12, Buies Creek 10

  • Luis Gonzalez went 1-for-5 with a walk.
  • Laz Rivera, 3-for-5 with a grand slam. He was caught stealing.
  • Blake Rutherford went 1-for-4 with a strikeout and an HBP.
  • Gavin Sheets, 2-for-5 with a double and a strikeout.
  • Ti’Quan Forbes was replaced in the second inning after an error before he came to the plate.
  • Lincoln Henzman: 2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
  • Ian Clarkin: 2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K

Kannapolis 7, Hagerstown 6

  • Luis Curbelo went 1-for-4 with a strikeout.
  • Justin Yurchak was 0-for-2 with two walks and a strikeout.
  • Evan Skoug, 1-for-4 with two strikeouts.
  • Bennett Sousa jumped to Kannapolis: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K

Great Falls 5, Grand Junction 0

  • Corey Zangari went 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Amado Nunez, 1-for-4 with two strikeouts.
  • Jhoandro Alfaro, 0-for-3 with a strikeout and an HBP.
  • Maiker Feliz went 1-for-4 with a double.

DSL D-backs1 1, DSL White Sox 0 (6 innings, rain)

  • Jose Rodriguez went 1-for-3 with a strikeout.
  • Jefferson Mendoza, 0-for-2.
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