White Sox Minor Keys: Aug. 27, 2018

Eloy Jimenez was perfect at the plate on Monday; Zack Collins, not so much

Every since Eloy Jimenez’s Players’ Tribune post went live, he’s backed it up with his performance. He’s 12-for-18 with a triple, two doubles and a walk over the four games since he declared “I’m Ready,” and it’s part of an equally scorching seven-game streak (.621/.633/.759).

After a 4-for-4 game that raised his average to .378, Our Man in Charlotte Jonathan Lee asked Jimenez about that post, and it gave a simple explanation:

If you can’t hear the audio, Jimenez said, “I just said ‘I’m ready’ because I feel it.” Evidently.

Charlotte 3, Gwinnett 1

  • Charlie Tilson went 0-for-5.
  • Ryan Cordell, 1-for-4 with two strikeouts.
  • Eloy Jimenez singled all four times up.
  • Seby Zavala was 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Ian Hamilton: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Jackson 4, Birmingham 3 (10 innings)

  • Joel Booker went 1-for-4 with a strikeout and a stolen base.
  • Luis Basabe was 0-for-3 with two walks and two strikeouts.
  • Zack Collins struck out all five times.
  • Alex Call, 1-for-4 with a double and two strikeouts.
  • Danny Mendick was 2-for-3 with a homer, walk and stolen base.
  • Bernardo Flores: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 WP

Salem 6, Winston-Salem 5 (10 innings)

  • Luis Robert went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts.
  • Luis Gonzalez, 2-for-5.
  • Nick Madrigal returned to the lineup after three days off, going 2-for-4 with a walk and two stolen bases.
  • Blake Rutherford was 1-for-4 with a triple, walk and strikeout.
  • Gavin Sheets was 1-for-4 with a double and a strikeout.
  • Laz Rivera entered as a pinch runner and later singled.
  • Ti’Quan Forbes went 1-fof-3 with a double, walk and strikeout.
  • Lincoln Henzman: 3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K

Asheville 11, Kannapolis 9 (11 innings)

  • Luis Curbelo went 1-for-4 with a double and an HBP.
  • Steele Walker was 0-for-5 with three strikeouts.
  • Justin Yurchak was 0-for-1.
  • Carlos Perez went 3-for-6 with a homer, double and strikeout.
  • Andrew Perez: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K

AZL Dodgers 4, AZL White Sox 2

  • Anderson Comas went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
  • Sam Abbott struck out in a pinch-hitting appearance.
  • Camilo Quinteiro singled thrice, walked once and struck out once.
  • Harvin Mendoza was 0-for-4.
  • Luis Mieses, 2-for-4.
  • Cabera Weaver went 1-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Kelvin Maldonado, 0-for-4 with a K.


*The AZL White Sox finished a game out of the postseason race at 30-26.

Great Falls vs. Missoula cancelled, rain

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Boy, not the finish to the season that Collins must have been hoping for. He’s had a brutal 2 weeks.

Brett R. Bobysud

And yet he’s still had between an above average to great offensive season as a whole, in terms of wRC+ (he’s at 130).

Josh Nelson

I wouldn’t use wRC+ in the minors. I don’t think it translates to other levels.

What does translate is K%, which is now at 30.5% for Zack Collins in AA. A 2.8% increase from A+. That’s concerning.

Greg Nix

Seems like he might turn out a Matt Davidson-esque hitter. Acceptable if he can stick at catcher, not so much if he’s a first baseman. 

Josh Nelson

I think it’s acceptable to move Collins from “Future core piece” to “Role player” prospect status. White Sox still have Omar Narvaez under control til 2023.

Brett R. Bobysud

IMO, Zavala has eclipsed Collins as the top catching prospect in the system. If Collins is going to be part of the core of a contending Sox team, it won’t be as a catcher. It’ll be as a DH.


A future DH with a 30% k rate and .400 SLG in AA has like negative value.


Birmingham is one of the worst parks to hit at in all of the minors. That doesn’t excuse the K rate, but I’m fine with the other numbers. 


His home numbers are better than his away numbers though. Which players normally do, but still…


It depends on whether your using it to describe how well he’s hit this year or build an expectation for what he’ll do in the future at the major league level.

For the former wRC+ is perfectly fine. But, yeah, the strikeouts have really started to pile up lately which is concerning.

On a related note, Zack Collins showed up in this fangraphs post. His walk rate is nearly four standard deviations above the AA average, which is pretty remarkable.


He needs to watch the video of how he was swinging after watching the video of how he was swinging in Miami, I guess. 


2 weeks?


Is the shine off the ’16 draft class a little bit?

Collins .235 with 155ks and appears behind Zavala on the depth chart.

Burdi unfortunate injury but has lost a year.

Hansen looked guy who could make a draft class and then he forgot how to throw straight and how stop all the guys he does walk from steaing 2nd and 3rd.

All is back end of prospect lists handing on by a thread,. Jamseon Fisher is AAAA filler.

achill achill there could be some good – Ian Hamilton. Joel Booker fringe hopes.

It’s not screaming Hoss onwned this draft.

So look at ’17: What have Nick and Steele shown.

and 15 months in no idea what Robert will be. No power.


Hunter Schryver has a 0.00 ERA in Winston-Salem with an 0-2 record. Tough love in those minor league extra innings results.


If they implement that cockamamie rule in the major leagues soon I’m going to be tremendously disappointed.  It seems like they’re headed that way too.  Manfred sucks.