White Sox Minor Keys: April 12, 2019

As they entered their 12th game of the season, the White Sox made their third reliever swap with Charlotte.

This time, it’s a LOOGY exchange. Up comes Josh Osich and down goes Caleb Frare as the White Sox look for a more reliable strike-thrower from the left side. The journeyman Osich retired five of the six lefties he’s faced this season, walking one and striking out one.

Frare, on the other hand, had major issues throwing strikes. He allowed two hits, three walks and two wild pitches over just 2⅔ innings. He threw just 26 of his 49 pitches for strikes, hampered by two outings where he had no idea where the ball was going. His mission in Charlotte will be pretty clear.

Indianapolis 9, Charlotte 2

  • Danny Mendick went 0-for-2 with a walk and a sac bunt.
  • Zack Collins was 0-for-3 with a sac bunt adn strikeout.
  • Seby Zavala went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
  • Jordan Stephens: 3.1 IP, 10 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 4 BB, 5 K, 1 HR
  • Aaron Bummer is back in action: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K
  • Caleb Frare is back in Charlotte: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

Tennessee 7, Birmingham 1

  • Joel Booker went 2-for-4.
  • Laz Rivera raised his average to .150 with a 3-for-4 night.
  • Luis Gonzalez went 1-for-4 with a strikeout.
  • Micker Adolfo, 1-for-4 with two strikeouts.
  • Gavin Sheets was 0-for-3 with a walk.
  • Ti’Quan Forbes went 1-for-4 with a double.
  • Bernardo Flores: 6 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K

Potomac 6, Winston-Salem 3

  • Luis Robert now has seven multi-hit games in eight tries after going 2-for-5 with a strikeout.
  • Nick Madrigal went 0-for-5.
  • Carlos Perez singled twice and walked twice. He has more walks in six games this year (5) than he did in 78 last year (four).
  • Blake Battenfield: 4 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 6 K
  • Alec Hansen: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K, just 11 of 24 pitches for strikes.
  • Codi Heuer: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K


*Robert’s daily highlights:

Intimidators 6, Crawdads 4

  • Steele Walker went 1-for-3 with two sac flies.
  • Lenyn Sosa, 2-for-5 with a strikeout.
  • Bryce Bush was 0-for-4.
  • Luis Curbelo went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts.
  • Davis Martin: 6.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 3 HR, 1 WP, 1 HBP
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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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If the pitch tracker in Winston Salem is accurate, that ump was drunk.


Carlos Perez is a guy I lumped into the Alfredo Gonzalez, Nate Nolan category of org catchers until just recently. Could he actually be somebody worth monitoring? Seems like he’s definitely trending in the right direction starting at Kanny last year, especially if he has learned to walk.

Also, Codi Heuer has been absolutely lights out to start the year, I’m hoping he gets one more opportunity to start at some point, but its nice to see him showing some real upside early on as a reliever

Brett R. Bobysud

I may have been mistaken in an earlier thread when I stated that every outfielder in Birmingham is struggling out of the gate.

Booker’s hitting over .350.

Given his age, he’s the most likely candidate to get bumped up to AAA whenever they decide to move Robert to Birmingham.

The question is what is the chain of moves that is going to be made to get Booker to Charlotte & Robert to Birmingham, because there’s going to need to be 2 further moves made with the existing outfield setup at both Chicago & Charlotte to make that happen.

Lurker Laura

Pretty sure Brandon Guyer or Preston Tucker are expendable, then they’ll shift Tillson to a corner or something.


Madrigal is quickly becoming my least favorite prospect. He couples an aggressive approach with soft contact. His exaggerated leg kick makes him late even on hittable strikes. Very concerned about him.


Agree. I don’t get the appeal. I’m nervous that Madrigal’s failures mean two more years of Sanchez. Can’t stand him, enough with joking around and worry about performing. Ugh. 


Well timed comment on Sanchez. Back to Madrigal, I don’t know how the 3rd pick in the draft, a college bat, can look so overmatched 200 PA’s into his pro career

karkovice squad

Madrigal looked fine last year if even more down on power than expected following a broken wrist.

Now, you’re complaining because he’s not hitting after missing half a week with the flu?


His aggressive approach and soft contact are troubling. He has yet to show he can hit strikes (not pitcher’s pitches mind you) with any kind of authority.

karkovice squad

4 for 4 with a double today. Concerns noted.


Did you see the game?


Lol the double was a ground ball that found its way into the corner after going under the 3Bs glove.


Pretty depressing his lack of production so far.