White Sox Minor Keys: Aug. 23, 2018

Eloy Jimenez says he's ready

Eloy Jimenez’s Players Tribune essay came out shortly after Thursday’s Minor Keys went up, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t feature it here.

The timing of it — a week before the next home game, right before a 4-for-5 night — makes it a rather perfect hype track:

So everyone wants to know.

Everyone keeps asking me.

Everyone is looking for me to just come out and say it.

Well, you know, here you go:

Chicago, I’m ready!

Right now.

I’m ready to go.

I’m ready to put on that White Sox uniform and show you all what I can do.

I’m ready to be part of this community and to meet all the fans and to make it clear to you that there is a new era of White Sox baseball on the horizon with a bunch of exciting young players who are looking to make history.

I want to be someone White Sox fans can be proud of.

And, well, what can I say: I want to hit bombs.

Lots and lots of bombs.

Am I ready for the big leagues?

I’m beyond ready.

If Jimenez isn’t called up? Well, I suppose it was already going to be awkward.

Norfolk 9, Charlotte 8

  • Ryan Cordell went 1-for-4 with a double and a walk.
  • Eloy Jimenez, 4-for-5 with a double.
  • Seby Zavala was 3-for-5 with two doubles.
  • Jordan Stephens: 5 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 4 K
  • Caleb Frare: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K
  • Rob Scahill has now given up 13 runs in his last two innings of work.

Birmingham 6, Jacksonville 0 (Game 1, 7 innings)

  • Joel Booker singled twice and struck out thrice.
  • Luis Basabe went 3-for-5 with a strikeout.
  • Zack Collins was 1-for-5 with three strikeouts.
  • Alex Call, 0-for-4 with a walk.
  • Danny Mendick went 1-for-3 with a walk and an HBP.
  • Dylan Cease: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 11 K

Birmingham 4, Jacksonville 1 (Game 2, 7 innings)

  • Joel Booker went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
  • Zack Collins, 1-for-4 with two strikeouts.
  • Alex Call went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
  • Kodi Medeiro: 5.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 HBP

Winston-Salem 5, Myrtle Beach 4

  • Luis Robert went 1-for-4 with a sac fly two strikeouts.
  • Luis Gonzalez, 0-for-4 with a walk.
  • Nick Madrigal was 0-for-3.
  • Gavin Sheets went 1-for-3 with a walk.
  • Ti’Quan Forbes, 1-for-3 with a walk. He was also caught stealing.
  • Laz Rivera was 0-for-3 with a sac fly and two strikeouts.
  • Alec Hansen: 4 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 4 K, 1 WP

Augusta 3, Kannapolis 2 (Game 1, 7 innings)

  • Luis Curbelo went 1-for-3 with a strikeout.
  • Steele Walker and Justin Yurchak were both 1-for-3.

Augusta 5, Kannapolis 4 (Game 2, 7 innings)

  • Luis Curbelo had a day, going 3-for-3 with a double and a walk.
  • Steele Walker was 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts.
  • Carlos Perez went 1-for-4.
  • Justin Yurchak was 0-for-3 with a strikeout.

Ogden 8, Great Falls 7

  • Bryce Bush went 1-for-4 with a walk and two strikeouts.
  • Amado Nunez was 1-for-5 with a homer and two strikeouts.
  • Gunnar Troutwine, 3-for-5.
  • Maiker Feliez was 2-for-4 with a strikeout.
  • Jason Bilous: 3 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K

AZL White Sox 8, AZL Indians1 3

  • Anderson Comas went 2-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Harvin Mendoza, 1-for-5 with a strikeout.
  • Cabera Weaver tripled twice, singled twice and struck out once.
  • Sam Abbott was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.
  • Anthony Coronado went 0-for-1 with a walk.
  • Lency Delgado went 2-for-5 with a strikeout.
  • Camilo Quinteiro was 2-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Josue Guerrero, 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Brayan Herrera: 5 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 WP

DSL Reds 8, DSL White Sox 3

  • Sidney Pimentel went 0-for-3 with a walk.
  • Jose Rodriguez, 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
  • Jerrick Francees struck out all three times.
  • Wilber Perez: 5 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 K
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Brett R. Bobysud

The only ER Jacksonville got against Medeiros yesterday was a result of a fielder’s choice, a stolen base, a groundout to the right side, and a wild pitch.

Brett R. Bobysud

Are people expecting Collins to start 2019 in Charlotte? If so, wouldn’t that necessitate the Sox moving or cutting ties with either Castillo or Smith because, barring injury or unexpected trade, Narvaez isn’t going anywhere and Zavala’s going to be on the Knights roster again next April.

Cerpin Taxt

I imagine he’ll start ’19 in Birmingham. At least I hope so. Still has plenty of improving to do, on all fronts.


The White Sox should cut ties with Smith and that decision should be completely independent of Collins.


Kevin Smith carries almost no value, they should easily cut ties with him.

Id imagine an offseason trade of castillo could be something they try and accomplish. Go with Seb! and Omar with the big club and move Collins to AAA….


I’m still not buying Narvaez. Still not great defensively and doesn’t hit the ball hard enough.
I would still run with Castillo, Narvaez as back up. Seby and Collins in AAA to start next year.

Brett R. Bobysud

I’d be fine with that. Have Seby on the 40-man as the 3rd catcher.


He’ll have to be as I’d think there’s no reason to leave him unprotected from the rule V


I think they need to hang on to Castillo until at least Seby to step up into a starting role. Having an Omar/Seby platoon to start the year seems rather risky.

Eagle Bones

Yeah, while I’d be fine keeping him around as a backup for now, BP has him at a half a win even with his current level of hitting.

Trooper Galactus

A .429 slugging percentage would suggest he’s been hitting the ball hard enough.

Lurker Laura

I doubt any club would want Castillo this offseason, because of the PED suspension. Might be able to make a deadline deal next year, if he keeps himself clean, of course. 



Josh Nelson

Eloy’s highlights from yesterday

Josh Nelson

Watching Alec Hansen’s start last night – it’s time to be concerned. That’s not the same guy I saw last year.

2080 Baseball was at the game last night and I agree with this assessment.


Brett R. Bobysud

He just has not looked at all like the guy we saw in 2017 at any point this year.

Can it all be traced back to the forearm injury, or is there something else going on that maybe we’re not aware of?

Josh Nelson

We won’t know for sure until Spring Training if the injury is to be blamed. Fastball command was poor, he’s living up in the zone again, and no bite on the breaking pitches. This is Oklahoma Junior year Alec Hansen.


He bounced back once, maybe he can bounce back again… if he does regain prospect value he may be an ideal guy for the sox to bundle into a package for a different need area. It already looks like they have a glut of outfielders in the system, maybe take a couple OF prospects and an arm like Hansen and move them in a package for a 3rd basemen… Sox will have enough SP and Bullpen options down the road, they can afford to part with a guy as volatile as Hansen.

lil jimmy

There’s no such thing as enough starting pitching. Maybe he’s just too tall. We should get him one of those cookies from “Alice in Wonderland”.


Whenever one of the Sox prospects or players begins to disappoint, someone always suggests that we address the problem by trading that prospect for other teams’ prospects. How could this ever work? Other teams have scouts. Don’t they know that we are trading because our prospect is defective and offer some equally problematic prospect in return?

Lurker Laura

It’s the classic “let’s hope a change of scenery does something” trade.


except I prefix’d if he regains his prospect value

I didnt say sell low or sell right now

sox have probably 10 guys in the midst that will be mlb starting pitchers in the next year or 2.. .they need 5 or 6

Hansen has shown flashes of being an ace and a disaster, his volatility makes him a trade candidate for the sox, a team that can risk him possibly turning into a star since they are deep with some potential front end guys (rodon, kopech, cease, lopez)


In the middle of a rebuild, an Alec Hansen-type prospect is exactly the type of guy the Sox should be trying to acquire, not give up. His ceiling less than 12 months ago looked like top of the rotation pitcher, albeit with an incredibly low floor. That’s the player the Sox should be stocking up on in the middle of a rebuild.

Brett R. Bobysud

Cease being as dominant as he has this year has certainly mitigated some of the sting from Hansen’s struggles, but it still sucks for him. Hopefully he can recover this offseason and return to form next Spring.


We knew they weren’t all going to make it, but the success rate this year has not been good.

Brett R. Bobysud

I actually don’t think the success rate has been bad this year.

Yeah, losing Burger, Robert, Adolfo & Dunning to injuries sucks, and Hansen has been ineffective, but Kopech is in the majors, Eloy & Cease have been kicking ass, virtually all of the “top” OF prospects have had good years at the plate, and you’ve found at least 2-3 guys who look to be solid bullpen contributors.


Plus Seby hit well in AA (and is starting to hit in AAA). And Collins has disappointed to an .800 OPS in an extremely pitcher friendly park after an unbelievably bad start. 

The only thing that has gone poorly on the prospect side IMO is the luck they’ve had with injuries. 

Brett R. Bobysud

Gavin Sheets having a lower SLG % than Blake Rutherford isn’t great either.

If Seby hadn’t had the wrist injury for 2/3 of the season, I’d have really been interested to see what his offensive numbers would be.


True, it just hurts that the guys who have made it to the majors (Moncada, Giolito, Lopez, Jace Fry) haven’t broken out in a meaningful way after all of them having shown at least a glimmer in the recent past.

Brett R. Bobysud

Fry has actually had a very nice year. His FIP #s are both below 2.75 at this point and he’s tied with both Shields & Rodon for the current team lead in pitching WAR at 1.2.


Yeah, for some reason those 2 or 3 bad outings were sticking in my mind for some reason, but you’re right, he’s been really good. I think it’s possible I’ve just been in attendance for each of his bad home outings, and that’s why I was thinking that.


I’m not going to start worrying until next year. He missed a ton of time with the injury and likely reverted to some bad habits due to that missed time. I think it’s only fair to give him the offseason to sort some things out. If he starts next year like this, then I’ll certainly be concerned.