White Sox Minor Keys: May 30, 2021

One of the unique challenges the 2021-specific schedule poses is, by playing one team for six games straight every week, one starting pitcher has to face a team twice in a row. It’s good training for when that occasionally happens at the MLB level, but usually the two teams have an opponent in between, which changes the eye level a little bit when they reunite.

You would expect the hitting team to get a much better look at a pitching prospect the second time around, which is exactly what happened between Birmingham and Rocket City this week. Jason Bilous, making his second start at Double-A on Sunday after a strong debut Tuesday, survived two innings his second time around, but that’s all he pitched, as he’d accumulated a pitch count of 50 over the first two turns.

On the other side, top-100 prospect Reid Detmers pitched a third inning, but he didn’t make it out of there. Stack them up, and here’s what it looks like:

  • Bilous, 5/25: 5 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 1 HR
  • Bilous, 5/30: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
  • Detmers, 5/25: 6 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 10 K
  • Detmers, 5/30: 2.2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K

On the flip side, sometimes it allows a pitcher to get rid of a bad aftertaste, as Matthew Thompson got a chance to start repairing an ERA-marring start against Carolina last Tuesday

  • Thompson, 5/25: 1.1 IP, 4 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 1 HR
  • Thompson, 5/30: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K

One hypothesis is that if you presented your best self the first time through, it’s a lot harder to show a team something else, whereas Thompson effectively sandbagged his way into a fine follow-up.

Norfolk 4, Charlotte 1

  • Adam Engel went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts.
  • Blake Rutherord, Jake Burger and Gavin Sheets all went 1-for-4 with a strikeout.
  • Brian Goodwin went 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Jonathan Stiever: 2 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 1 HBP
  • Jace Fry: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Birmingham 17, Rocket City 4

  • Micker Adolfo closed out his week with a fury: 3-for-4 with a double and two walks.
  • Carlos Pérez was 1-for-5 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Ti’Quan Forbes went 1-for-6 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Jason Bilous: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP

Hickory 4, Winston-Salem 0

  • Luis Curbelo walked once and struck out thrice.
  • Yolbert Sanchez went 2-for-4 with a double.
  • Harvin Mendoza was 1-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Lenyn Sosa was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
  • Duke Ellis went 0-for-2 with a walk and a K.
  • Isaiah Carranza: 4 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K

Carolina 5, Kannapolis 0 (Game 1, 7 innings)

  • Caberea Weaver and José Rodriguez both were 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.
  • Lency Delgado was 1-for-3 with a strikeout.
  • Bryan Ramos went 1-for-3 with a K.
  • DJ Gladney singled, walked and struck out.
  • James Beard was 0-for-2 with a K.

Carolina 9, Kannapolis 5 (Game 2, 7 innings)

  • Caberea Waver went 2-for-3 with his third homer and a walk.
  • José Rodriguez went 0-for-3 with a walk.
  • Bryan Ramos homered, walked, struck out twice and stole a base.
  • DJ Gladney wore the golden sombrero.
  • Benyamin Bailey was 0-for-3.
  • Matthew Thompson: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP


*The Cannon Ballers led 4-0 through Thompson’s three innings, then trailed 8-4 after their first inning without him.

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One of the unique challenges the 2021-specific schedule poses is, by playing one team for six games straight every week,

Has there been reporting on how this approach is going? How players or organizations feel about it?

Root Cause

Any insight as to why Lambert was selected to start game 2?
It must be contractual or rotational issues as I don’t see his stats showing a reason to be promoted for any other reason.

Can someone look into the unwritten rule book and see if Cleveland would cut us some slack if we just put Mercedes in instead? We might be better off if we know they won’t swing at all.

Root Cause

It looks like a throw-away game to protect the fab 5, which makes a lot of sense.
And who knows, we have several wins this year brought to us by players who should not be playing MLB according to their stat sheet.