White Sox Minor Keys: Sept. 1, 2018

Starting with a look at the South Atlantic League's playoff picture

With two games to play, the Kannapolis Intimidators and West Virginia Power are even for the second playoff spot in the South Atlantic League’s Northern Division, at least in terms of games played.

West Virginia has the edge in winning percentage by one one-thousandth of a point, .542 to .541, thanks to four fewer games played. The Power is 71-60, while Kannapolis is 73-62.

The playoff procedures as publicly listed don’t specify whether it comes down to winning percentage or games. If it’s the latter, Kannapolis is in good shape, as it holds the edge in the first tie-breaker by virtue of their 7-1 record against West Virginia during the season. We’ll find out with two more games, at least assuming the weather cooperates.

Gwinnett 2, Charlotte 1

  • Ryan Cordell went 1-for-4.
  • Charlie Tilson was 0-for-2 with a walk and a sac bunt.
  • Eloy Jimenez who even cares
  • Seby Zavala was 0-for-4.

Biloxi 4, Birmingham 0

  • Joel Booker went 0-for-5.
  • Luis Basabe was 1-for-3 with a walk, but was caught stealing.
  • Danny Mendick was 0-for-3 with a walk.
  • Zack Collins, 0-for-2 with two walks and a strikeout.
  • Alex Call, 1-for-4 with a strikeout.

Winston-Salem 3, Down East 0

  • Luis Robert went 2-for-5 with a strikeout and a stolen base.
  • Luis Gonzalez went 1-for-4 with a double and a strikeout.
  • Nick Madrigal was 1-for-4.
  • Blake Rutherford went 1-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base.
  • Gavin Sheets was 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Ti’Quan Forbes, 0-for-4.
  • Laz Rivera went 1-for-3 with a walk.
  • Lincoln Henzman: 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K

Kannapolis 11, Hagerstown 4

  • Steele Walker went 1-for-3 with two walks and two strikeouts.
  • Luis Curbelo went 1-for-6.
  • Carlos Perez, 2-for-4 with a double and a sac fly.

Great Falls 7, Billings 0

  • Lenyn Sosa went 2-for-4 with a triple.
  • Amado Nunez tripled, doubled, singled and struck out.
  • Gunnar Troutwine was 0-for-3 with a strikeout.
  • Jonathan Stiever: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K
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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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Greg Nix

Amado Nunez is tearing it up. Can’t wait to see his service time manipulated in 2020!


It’s my hope that the owners have perfected the system by then and nobody is ever promoted or paid, ever.  


BUT but is what the MLBPA agreed to !



I’m sure that in the next MLBPA negotiations, owners will argue that minor leaguers are really students of the game, first and foremost. So really, not only is the idea of paying them ludicrous, but any further idea about their rights regarding employment is invalid. They should simply value being one the select few to get the opportunity to further their (baseball) education. The billion dollars of worth they generate for owners is a fair trade if they get to work with one of the best former-washed-up-player-turned-assistant-short-season-A-ball-hitting-coaches in the country.


It keeps those boys off the streets, where they’re liable to fall in with the wrong crowd, nogoodniks and reefer-smoking hoodlums who would lead them astray.

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