White Sox Minor Keys: April 30, 2019

Luis Robert (Jonathan Lee)

Birmingham has a Robert Baron.

After spending April dominating the Carolina League, Luis Robert will try his hand — literally and figuratively — against Double-A pitching. The White Sox promoted him to Birmingham to take the roster spot vacated by the injured Micker Adolfo.

Robert hit .453/.512/.920 over 19 games with Winston-Salem, with 16 of his 34 hits going for extra bases (eight homers, three triples, five doubles). He also went 8-for-10 in the stolen base department. If you had to pick a nit, it’d be his walk-to-strikeout ratio (4:20), but the strikeouts tended to clump up on him, especially the eight over nine at-bats when coming back from missing five games with a hand contusion.

While Robert gives Birmingham an injection of intrigue (along with Zack Burdi to a lesser extent), the A-ball affiliates won’t be hurting in his absence. Steele Walker was overqualified for Kannapolis (.365/.437/.581), so High-A will actually start telling us something about him.

Taking Walker’s place is Romy Gonzalez, the 18th-round pick the White Sox considered a steal last year. He’s joined by Corey Zangari, who is just trying to stay healthy after a series of injuries dramatically stunted the start of his career.

Gwinnett 4, Charlotte 2

  • Charlie Tilson went 0-for-3 with a walk.
  • Daniel Palka. 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
  • Zack Collins went 1-for-4 with a K.
  • Danny Mendick was 0-for-4 with a strikeout.
  • Joel Booker is on the board, going 1-for-4 with two strikeouts.
  • Dylan Cease rebounded: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 11 K, 1 HBP

More:

*Cease got a lot of ugly swings:

Winston-Salem 11, Potomac 10

  • Steele Walker made his High-A debut and went 1-for-5 with a double.
  • Nick Madrigal, 1-for-5 with a triple
  • Carlos Perez went 1-for-5.
  • A relapse for Alec Hansen: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 13 of 30 pitches for strikes.

More:

*Madrigal just missed a homer:

Charleston 7, Kannapolis 6

  • Romy Gonzalez announced his presence, going 3-for-5 with a triple.
  • Corey Zangari is also here: 1-for-4 with a double, two strikeouts and an HBP.
  • Lenyn Sosa went 0-for-4 with an HBP.
  • Bryce Bush went 2-for-3 with a double, two HBPs and a stolen base.
  • Luis Curbelo went 1-for-5 with two strikeouts
  • Amado Nunez was 1-for-5.
  • Davis Martin: 5 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 2 HR, 2 WP
  • Jason Bilous: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HBP
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PauliePaulie

Bush last 8 games- 12-28, 7BB/6K

Brett R. Bobysud

OPS now begins with a 6!

MORE PROGRESS!!!!

They’re playing now and he’s already 2-2 with a double. I noticed they have him in the outfield now, so is the 3B experiment officially over?

Eagle Bones

I will gladly eat my hat on this one once it’s completely apparent that he can handle the level.

Greg Nix

A tidy .429/.568/.643 line

ParisSox

Kanny got a who’s lot more interesting. Nice to see Zangari playing baseball again. Stay healthy kid and mash away.  

Btw, thanks for nullifying my smart ass Madigral comments by providing actual video of his well struck ball. 

Smclean09

In AAA he probably has 5 dingers by now. Or at least a couple ground rule doubles off the dirt

fustercluck

When you try to make Robert Baron a thing, I think you’re 50.

“Alexa, giggling schoolgirl emoji.”

joewho112

What’s the timeline on Burger?

Smclean09

Depends on how you order it.

PauliePaulie

Kiley says 1-3 appears locked in for draft day.

ForsterFTOG

Zangari’s batting .500. Move him up.