White Sox Minor Keys: July 25, 2018

Dylan Cease dominates his former organization, and Luis Curbelo has himself a doubleheader

Dylan Cease had himself a helluva night against his former organization. In his finest Double-A start to date, Cease retired the first 20 batters he faced, settling for seven one-out innings with zero runs allowed and 12 strikeouts.

However, we know what Cease looks like when he’s rolling — a high-90s fastball and a wipeout curve, namely, although his changeup also did some work. Here’s his 12th and final strikeout via the backwards K:

One guy we haven’t seen much of is Luis Curbelo. The sixth-round draft pick back in 2016 has spent most of his career off camera, whether because he’s played for low-level affiliates or because of knee surgery.

So it was cool that Our Man in Charlotte Jonathan Lee captured his best highlight to date. Curbelo went 2-for-4 in both games of Kannapolis’ doubleheader against West Virginia, and he capped off Game 1 with a walk-off grand slam.

After the doubleheader, Curbelo said the pitch he belted was a hanging slider.

Birmingham 9, Tennessee 1

  • Joel Booker went 1-for-4 with a double, walk and strikeout.
  • Luis Alexander Basabe was 1-for-3 with a walk.
  • Zack Collins, 2-for-4 with a homer.
  • Ryan Cordell went 1-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Danny Mendick was 1-for-5.
  • Alex Call, 2-for-3 with a walk.
  • Dylan Cease dealt: 7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 12 K, 1 WP

Frederick 6, Winston-Salem 5 (11 innings)

  • Luis Gonzalez went 3-for-6 with a homer.
  • Blake Rutherford was also 3-for-6.
  • Ti’Quan Forbes went 2-for-6 with a triple.
  • Gavin Sheets was 0-for-4 with two walks.
  • Tyler Johnson: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K. One of the walks was intentional.


*Gonzalez pushed the game into extras with a game-tying homer:

Kannapolis 6, West Virginia 2 (Game 1, 7 innings)

  • Luis Curbelo went 2-for-4 with a grand slam and a strikeout.
  • Nick Madrigal was 1-for-3.
  • Carlos Perez, 0-for-2 with a walk.
  • Will Kincanon: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

Kannapolis 8, West Virginia 7 (Game 2, 7 innings)

  • Luis Curbelo was 2-for-4 with a double and a strikeout.
  • Justin Yurchak singled twice, walked once and was caught stealing.
  • Carlos Perez and Evan Skoug both were 1-for-3.
  • Andrew Perez: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 WP

AZL White Sox 3, AZL Cubs2 0 

  • Cabera Weaver was 1-for-3 with an HBP.
  • Bryce Bush, 2-for-4 with a double.
  • Luis Mieses went 1-for-4 with a double and two strikeouts.
  • Lency Delgado was 1-for-2 with two walks.
  • Harvin Mendoza, 0-for-3 with an HBP.
  • Anthony Coronado and Kelvin Maldonado both were 1-for-4.
  • Josue Guerrero, 1-for-3.

DSL Blue Jays 4, DSL White Sox 3

  • Harold Diaz went 1-for-4.
  • Jefferson Mendoza was 0-for-1.

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Jim Margalus
Jim Margalus

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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lil jimmy

Luis Curbelo is a big boy.


Dylan Cease Dealing Dirty


And done dirt cheap

Greg Nix

MLB Pipeline just updated their rankings.

Top 100
3. Eloy
13. Kopech
26. Robert
33. Madrigal
45. Cease
66. Dunning
91. Rutherford

Hansen down to 10 on the org rankings. Other 2018 picks: Walker slots in at 12, Pilkington at 18, Stiever at 28.


Josh Nelson
Greg Nix

Also of note: Cease established a new career high in innings last night.

Josh Nelson

Birmingham game was fun to watch last night. Luis Basabe continues to impress.