White Sox Minor Keys: May 4, 2019

Winston-Salem Dash starting pitcher Alec Hansen (13) in action against the Potomac Nationals at BB&T Ballpark on August 5, 2017 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The Dash defeated the Nationals 6-0. (Brian Westerholt/Four Seam Images)

Welp, whatever Alec Hansen is going to do next, he’s going to do next in Birmingham.

The White Sox promoted Hansen back to Double-A after a dominant stretch out of the Winston-Salem Dash bullpen. Hansen allowed just one hit while striking out 21 over 12⅔ innings, although walks weaseled their way back into the works over his last two outings (five over 2⅔ innings).

This would suggest that the White Sox are content to keep him in relief, what with it being easier to stretch out starters against weaker competition. Given the enormity of his struggles last season, that could be the right call, even if it’s slightly disappointing.

Norfolk 14, Charlotte 13

  • Danny Mendick singled thrice, walked once, bunted once, struck out and stole two bases.
  • Charlie Tilson was removed from the game after making a trip around the bases following his single. He went 1-for-2.
  • Daniel Palka went 3-for-6 with a homer, a strikeout and 5 RBIs.
  • Zack Collins went 1-for-3 with a double, two walks, a sac fly and a strikeout.
  • Joel Booker went 1-for-4 with a walk.
  • Jordan Stephens: 5 IP, 13 H, 9 R, 9 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 3 HR
  • Ian Hamilton: 0.1 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HR

Chattanooga 11, Birmingham 4

  • Luis Robert went 4-for-5 with a double, and 1-for-2 on the basepaths.
  • Luis Basabe was 1-for-3 with two walks and a strikeout.
  • Luis Gonzalez, 0-for-5.
  • Gavin Sheets, 1-for-5 with a strikeout.
  • Ti’Quan Forbes went 1-for-3 with a walk.
  • Laz Rivera, 2-for-4.
  • Bernardo Flores: 6 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR
  • Zack Burdi: 1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 K


*Robert’s first single was a trickle before the flood:

Hickory 9, Kannapolis 6

  • Lenyn Sosa had his first big game in a while: 3-for-5 with two doubles and a strikeout.
  • Romy Gonzalez singled, walked and struck out thrice.
  • Bryce Bush singled twice and struck out thrice.
  • Luis Curbelo went 1-for-4 with a walk and two strikeouts. He was picked off/caught stealing.
  • Corey Zangari hit his first homer, along with two walks and two strikeouts.
  • Amado Nunez went 0-for-5 with a silver sombrero.
  • Jason Bilous: 2.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Winston-Salem at Potomac PPD

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Sox reportedly sign Justin Nicolino to a minor league deal
I can imagine the org is looking for a few warm bodies that can throw a ball


It looks like Ian Hamilton is ready for a spot in the Sox’ pen.


Im holding out hope they will see how Alec’s stuff does in AA before stretching him back out to a starter.