White Sox Minor Keys: April 23, 2019

Danny Mendick (Laura Wolff / Charlotte Knights)

Danny Mendick entered Tuesday mired in an 0-for-15 slump that sent his average crashing down to .200.

The Knights were off on Monday, and Mendick came back recharged against Toledo with an action-packed evening. He went 2-for-5, the first of which was a double, and the second of which was a walk-off homer in the 10th inning:

And he also stole home on a double steal with Daniel Palka for good measure.

Charlotte 11, Toledo 9 (10 innings)

  • Danny Mendick went 2-for-5 with a homer, double, walk and two strikeouts. He also stole home on a double steal with…
  • …Daniel Palka, who singled, walked and struck out thrice.
  • Zack Collins walked twice and struck out thrice.
  • Seby Zavala singled and struck out four times.
  • Charlie Tilson went 3-for-5 with a strikeout.
  • Spencer Adams piggybacking on Dylan Covey: 2.1 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 2 HR

More:

*Tilson made a leaping catch at the wall, which shows some coordination, but also maybe not the smoothest route, unless the ball was knuckling.

Jackson 3, Birmingham 0

  • Joel Booker went 1-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base.
  • Luis Gonzalez went 1-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Gavin Sheets was 1-for-4 with two strikeouts, and was picked off.
  • Micker Adolfo went 1-for-4 with a strikeout.
  • Blake Rutherford notched his first multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with a strikeout.
  • Ti’Quan Forbes was 0-for-3.
  • Felix Paulino: 6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 2 HR

Winston-Salem 6, Wilmington 2

  • Nick Madrigal went 1-for-5 with a stolen base.
  • Carlos Perez was 0-for-5.
  • Codi Heuer: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K

Kannapolis 5, Charleston 2

  • Luis Basabe went 2-for-5 with a triple and two strikeouts.
  • Steele Walker went 1-for-3 with a triple, two walks and two stolen bases.
  • Lenyn Sosa was 0-for-5 with two strikeouts.
  • Bryce Bush is making progess: 2-for-5 with no strikeouts.
  • Luis Curbelo went 2-for-4.
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GreatjonHumber

Platonic Ideal of a Zach Collins batting line

MrStealYoBase

58% 3-true outcomes on the year

ParisSox

Tilson tearing up.  Late blooming De Aza type there?  

Also, “watch” out for Heuer.      I’ll see myself out.  

patrickcroberts

Where’s Robert? That’s, what, the third day missing from the line up cause of a hand thing?

patrickcroberts

If I thought Keith Law was looking for me I’d probably be hiding, too. Hope that he is back soon.

5742mail

How is Tilson defensively,his current offense is probably better than Engel has ever pushup. Also Joel Booker should be pushing upwards(has speed,wil use it).

Neat_on_the_rocks

Nick Madrigal slashline update: 16 games, 70 PAs .274/.343/.339, 0 HR, 1 tripple, 2 doubles, 4 Steals.

Nice to see his walk rate that high early. But he needs to be hitting .300 at any minor league level for me to have faith in him being above average in the Majors.

Zack Collins update: 14 games, 62 PAs, .229/.355/.646, 5 homers and 11 walks.

Somewhere around mid last year, Collins abandoned his new swing and went back to his college swing. Since then, we’ve seen his slashline remain fairly consistent. Its possible that he is the type of guy that can just replicate his minor league slash line in the majors. If so, thats a VERY good offensive catcher, and if 1b/DH just acceptbale. Its also possible major sliders and consistent 95 MPH fastballs eat his swing alive.

I’m ready for him to be in the majors by june.

GreatjonHumber

Officially not too early to be worried about Madrigal.

Marty34

I’ve given up on Madrigal. He makes Blake Rutherford look like Moncada in terms of exit velocity.

lil jimmy

Madrigal has had 243 at bats….
I hope you have more patience in your day to day life.

GreatjonHumber

He’s also a 22 year old struggling to make good contact in HiA. I have concerns.

Marty34

I don’t care about the number of (professional) AB’s he has had. He’s 22 y.o. and is so far from being a big league player it is frightening to think this front office thought he was at least the 4th best player available in the draft.

PauliePaulie

Wasn’t 2080 Baseball the only publication that didnt have him top 4?

karkovice squad

There’s something poetic about someone writing off Madrigal 16 games into his second pro season in the same comment requesting a June promotion to the majors for Collins.

PauliePaulie

Giving Madrigal until the AS break before judging.
I’ll be keying on Collins’ home/road splits. So far (sss), the juiced ball + BB&T park has produced some wacky power #’s.

Smclean09

The juices ball in the bigs has produced some too.

PauliePaulie

I wonder how evaluators will view that this season. Same ball could mean stats carry. Difference in Pitching talent could mean AAA hitters are doing more with mistakes they’ll see much less often in the Bigs, and contact rate is even more important.

Smclean09

Yeah, it’s good he is hitting better velo this year and the power is impressive, but until you hit Major League pitching, I dont know if you can hit Major league pitching.

mikeyb

First time many of these pitchers have used the ball too, which we’ve seen in the past be a problem for pitchers making their MLB debuts. It really does have the potential to make for a very weird statistical season at AAA.