White Sox Minor Keys: Aug. 29, 2018

Benches clear in Charlotte, but it doesn't look like Caleb Frare had any ill intentions

Weird baseball permeated all corners of the White Sox farm system on Tuesday. On Wednesday, blowouts were the prevalent theme.

Utilityman J.J. Muno handled the ninth inning for Winston-Salem, and his second outing of the season didn’t go particularly well. He threw just 14 of 30 pitches for strikes and gave up a couple runs.

But it was better than in Charlotte, where Caleb Frare and manager Mark Grudzielanek were both ejected after drilling Austin Meadows in the ninth inning. Meadows had hit three homers, and Frare came in high and tight. On the other hand, it was on a 3-1 count, with none of the other pitches looking suspicious, so it looked like a premature ejection from here.

The Charlotte Knights’ broadcast booth couldn’t detect intent either, and it had no problem calling out Michael Kopech for a suspicious plunking in his last Charlotte start.

Durham 9, Charlotte 4

  • Ryan Cordell went 2-for-4 with a homer.
  • Charlie Tilson, 1-for-4.
  • Eloy Jimenez, 1-for-5 with a strikeout.
  • Welington Castillo was 1-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Seby Zavala went 1-for-4 with a double and a strikeout.
  • Jordan Stephens: 4.2 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 3 HR
  • Carson Fulmer: 2.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Salem 10, Winston-Salem 3

  • Luis Gonzalez went 0-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Nick Madrigal, 1-for-5.
  • Blake Rutherford was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
  • Luis Robert, 1-for-4 with a strikeout.
  • Gavin Sheets went 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Ti’Quan Forbes was 1-for-3 with a walk.
  • Laz Rivera, 0-for-2.
  • John Parke: 6 IP, 11 H, 7 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR


*Here’s some Madrigal defense:

Asheville 6, Kannapolis 3

  • Luis Curbelo went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts.
  • Justin Yurchak singled thrice and walked once.
  • Evan Skoug, 1-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.


*The Intimidators are now tied with West Virginia for the second postseason spot, and two games behind in the loss column (69-59 to 71-61).

Helena 6, Great Falls 2

  • Romy Gonzalez went 1-for-4 with a double.
  • Lenyn Sosa, 0-for-3 with an HBP
  • Bryce Bush was 0-for-4 with a strikeout.
  • Amado Nunez, 2-for-3 with a double and a walk.
  • Maiker Feliz was 1-for-4 with a double and a strikeout.
  • Jhoandro Alfaro went 0-for-4 with a strikeout.
  • Konnor Pilkington: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
  • Davis Martin: 3 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
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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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Then in the bottom of the 9th, Durham got revenge and hit Ryan Cordell. I assume it was a “You hit our best hitter, we will hit your best hitter” type of situation.


To my eye it didn’t look like Madrigal got him, but it was still a sweet play.


I don’t know if this represents the best thread for posting this, but until Benetti mentioned it the other night, I hadn’t realized Moncada didn’t play for an entire season, similar to Robert, before signing with Boston. As a result, he only played 2.5 seasons above the Cuban leagues (2015 in Low-A, 2016 in High- and Double-A with the cup of coffee in Boston and half of 2017 in Triple-A) before he became a full-time major leaguer.

Considering that, how he missed his entire age-19 season and his tendency to take time to adjust to new levels, I would argue he deserves considerably more patience than your typical uber-prospect.


My current concern isn’t with Moncada. It’s with the people tasked with developing him.

Brett R. Bobysud

Other than Narvaez (who may be having an outlier year for all we know), nobody in the Sox lineup has really impressed this year.


Engel, Davidson, and Anderson have all made significant improvements over last year at least.


Really fit the narrative there

Brett R. Bobysud

Sox players going to the Arizona Fall League: Burdi, Robert, Rivera, Basabe.


Good group. Sox’ faith in Rivera is intersting.
Long seasons for him, as well as Bssabe.

Brett R. Bobysud

Also add Tanner Banks and Zach Thompson. Those are the 6 in the Fall League.


Those 2 have already racked-up some serious innings.


It is possible that, if the Sox get good reports on Dunning’s elbow, he might replace either.