White Sox Minor Keys: July 18, 2018

Wednesday’s news and notes:

*Charlie Tilson was optioned to Charlotte, as it looks like Nicky Delmonico is making his return from the disabled list. Tilson batted .264/.331/.292 with a triple, a double and 26 singles over 121 plate appearances in his first extended MLB action.

*Ryan Cordell began his rehab stint with the AZL White Sox as he tries to come back from a broken collarbone.

*Konnor Pilkington made his pro debut with the AZL White Sox, and it was a rough one.

Charlotte 3, Pawtucket 0

  • Jose Rondon went 1-for-4 with his 10th homer and a strikeout.
  • Eloy Jimenez, 0-for-4 with a strikeout.
  • Spencer Adams continues to get results without strikeouts: 6 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K
  • Thyago Vieira: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Birmingham 9, Jackson 8

  • Joel Booker went 1-for-4 with a double, sac fly and two strikeouts.
  • Luis Alexander Basabe returned from the Futures Game, going 1-for-3 with a homer, two walks and a strikeout.
  • Zack Collins went 1-for-3 with two walks and a strikeout.
  • Danny Mendick, 2-for-5 with two doubles and a strikeout.
  • Alex Call, 1-for-3 with a double and a walk.
  • Jameson Fisher singled, walked and struck out twice.
  • Alec Hansen: 5 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 6 BB, 3 K, 45 of 83 pitches for strikes.
  • Ryan Burr picked up the win by striking out the only batter he faced.

Carolina 5, Winston-Salem 3

  • Luis Gonzalez went 1-for-2 with and triple and an HBP.
  • Laz Rivera, 2-for-3 with a double and an HBP. He also stole a base.
  • Blake Rutherford went 0-for-4.
  • Gavin Sheets, 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
  • John Parke: 6 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR, 1 WP

Great Falls 9, Orem 4

  • Lenyn Sosa went 3-for-5 with a walk.
  • Corey Zangari blasted off again, going 2-for-5 with two homers and two strikeouts.
  • Amado Nuneez was 3-for-4 with a double.
  • Gunnar Troutwine, 0-for-5 with a strikeout.
  • Jonathan Stiever: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

AZL D-backs 10, AZL White Sox 4

  • Camilo Quintero went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.
  • Brayant Nova replaced him and went 0-for-2 with a K.
  • Luis Mieses went 1-for-5 with a homer.
  • Ryan Cordell singled and struck out twice in his first rehab appearance.
  • Steele Walker singled both times up.
  • Anderson Comas replaced him and was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.
  • Lency Delgado, 1-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Harvin Mendoza, 0-for-4.
  • Bryce Bush went 2-for-4 with a homer, as the AZL team doubled its dinger total in a night.
  • Cabera Weaver, 0-for-1 with an HBP.
  • Josue Guerrero doubled and struck out.
  • Konnor Pilkington’s debut: 1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 0 K

DSL Reds 2, DSL White Sox 1

  • Jose Rodriguez went 2-for-4 with a strikeout.
  • Jefferson Mendoza was 0-for-3 with a K.
  • Jerrick Francees, 1-for-2 with a walk.
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lil jimmy

Corey Zangari, 7 home runs/ 17 RBI in the last 8 games. Kid loves to swing the bat.

Trooper Galactus

Isn’t he facing competition way below his age range?

Greg Nix

No, he’s league-average age.


Anecdotally, Mendick seems to get two hits every game and yet constantly be batting .240-.250.


Could someone with a BA account or ESPN Insider give an update on where the Sox prospects fall in the new rankings?


Law top 50:
Eloy 3
Kopech 9
Cease 31
Robert 36
Adolfo honorable mention


I wonder who is number one.

It’s Tatis

KL also compares Kopech’s upside to Syndergaard-Verlander.

Lurker Laura

If Kopech becomes Verlander, can we all stop bitching about Tatis?

(I know, not the same trade, but there’s a karma thing happening at some point.)

Greg Nix

I’m surprised Cease is so high. He seems like a prospect Law wouldn’t like all that much.


“His fastball is sitting in the mid 90s, up to 98, with a plus curveball in the mid 80s that has to be one of the hardest (by velocity) in the minors.”

Plus comments about getting his innings up.

Trooper Galactus

Health was the biggest thing holding back Cease’s projection. It will always be a concern, but he’s quieted a lot of the consternation. Hansen, on the other hand…


I wonder if Hansen will be our first high profile prospect since the rebuild to flame out.  Also curious is Zangari is putting himself on the map.  I don’t want to fall into a small sample size trap but it will be interesting to watch both situations 

Lurker Laura

Not judging Hansen until the end of the year, maybe even mid-next year. See if he stays healthy first, regains control second.

lil jimmy

Sox take one flyer every year


Nobody puts themselves on the map in Great Falls.

If prospect flameout was a race, Collins would be winning by a few hundred yards.

Greg Nix

Lenyn Sosa says you better shut your trap.


Yurchak did, just last year.