White Sox Minor Keys: Aug. 4, 2018

Zack Burdi returns to action a little more than a year after his Tommy John surgery

On Saturday night, Zack Burdi made his first appearance in a professional game in nearly 13 months.

Burdi had been sidelined since mid-July of 2017 after undergoing Tommy John srugery, but he made his long-awaited season debut with the Arizona Rookie League’s White Sox affiliate.

Burdi started the game and pitched two-thirds of an inning, allowing a run on a hit and a walk while striking out one. The initial report from FanGraphs’ Eric Longenhagen:

Durham 3, Charlotte 2

  • Charlie Tilson played in his first game since July 24, going 1-for-3 with a walk.
  • Ryan Cordell went 1-for-3 with a walk, strikeout and CS.
  • Eloy Jimenez went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and an HBP.
  • Jose Rondon went 1-for-4 with a homer and a strikeout.
  • Seby Zavala, 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
  • Ryan Burr: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
  • Ian Hamilton: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K


*James Fegan provided an update on Michael Kopech and his attempts to find a working grip on the changeup:

“It’s an unorthodox grip,” Kopech said. “I wouldn’t even say most people would call it a changeup if they looked at it in my hand, it looks like I’m throwing a fastball. I grip it deeper and I throw it just like a fastball and it has more action and I have better control of it. I feel very comfortable throwing my changeup right now. Just as comfortable as I feel throwing my slider or curveball. I feel like we’ve reached a point where I can actually use that as a weapon rather than a show-me pitch.”

Mobile 1, Birmingham 0

  • Joel Booker went 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Alex Call, 1-for-4.
  • Zack Collins went 1-for-4 with a double and a strikeout.
  • Danny Mendick was 0-for-3 with a walk.
  • Jameson Fisher, 0-for-3.
  • Dylan Cease lowered his ERA to 1.99: 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 9 K

Winston-Salem 5, Down East 1

  • Luis Gonzalez went 0-for-5.
  • Nick Madrigal finally struck out in his 72nd plate appearance of the season. He also singled twice, walked, got plunked, and was caught stealing.
  • Blake Rutherford went 1-for-5 with a strikeout.
  • Gavin Sheets, 1for-4 with a strikeout.
  • Laz Rivera was 2-for-4 with a homer.
  • Ti’Quan Forbes, 0-for-4.
  • Lincoln Henzman: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 3 K
  • Hunter Schryver’s organizational debut: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
  • Tyler Johnson: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K

Kannapolis 5, Greensboro 2

  • Luis Curbelo went 2-for-5 with a double and two strikeouts.
  • Steele Walker was 0-for-4 and an HBP in his A-ball debut.
  • Justin Yurchak went 1-for-4 with a strikeout.
  • Bennett Sousa: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K

Missoula 6, Great Falls 5

  • Bryce Bush went 2-for-4 with a homer, triple, strikeout, HBP and stolen base.
  • Lenyn Sosa was 0-for-4 with a walk.
  • Amado Nunez had a Arby’s night: 5-for-5 with a homer.
  • Romy Gonzalez was 1-for-5 with a double and two strikeouts.
  • Gunnar Troutwine went 1-for-4 with a K.
  • Jonathan Stiever: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

AZL Dodgers 1, AZL White Sox 0

  • Cabera Weaver went 1-for-5 with two strikeouts.
  • Camilo Quinteiro was 0-for-3 with two walks and a strikeout.
  • Luis Robert, 1-for-4 with two strikeouts.
  • Same for Luis Mieses, who stole a base.
  • Lency Delgado went 1-for-4.
  • Harvin Mendoza wore the collar.
  • Anderson Comas went 1-for-3 with an HBP, but was caught stealing.
  • Zack Burdi: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
  • Yordi Rosario’s stateside debut: 5.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K

DSL White Sox 1, DSL Orioles 0

  • Harold Diaz went 2-for-4 with a double. He was caught stealing.
  • Jerrick Francees was 0-for-3 with a strikeout.
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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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Damn, I didn’t even have Burdi on the radar for this year. Happy to see him get some game action. Just gotta build that strength back up now.


Maybe the changeup was the last box to check.  


I would still love for him to learn the splitter. That would be lethal.


A couple more comments.  
Madrigal is getting plunked a bit too much for my liking.  
And holy hell Dylan Cease.  One of the good ones who’s going to “force the issue” in 2019.  


Too many boxes to check.  Maybe 2020

lil jimmy

Yordi Rosario state side debut quite nice. On the year he has a 0.86 Whip. At 19, throwing strikes is the name of the game.

Eagle Bones

“An arby’s night”. Jim you just keep resetting the bar.