White Sox Minor Keys: June 10, 2021

Atrium Health Ballpark (Kannapolis Cannon Ballers on Facebook)

The White Sox’s highly touted prep pitchers have yet to translate their draft status into production, which is only disappointing because ít’s way better to see young players doing cool things immediately. As it stands, Kannapolis was an ambitious assignment for players with such odd stutter-starts to their career, so it’s not to odd to see Matthew Thompson, Andrew Dalquist and Jared Kelley all struggling to various degrees.

Thompson had at least one start to show that he’s got the talent to hang in A-ball. Dalquist joined him on Thursday. Against a Carolina Mudcats team that served Dalquist his worst start to date back with five runs over the course of four outs on May 28, Dalquist recovered with his best-ever start. He shook off a first-inning unearned run for a career-high five innings, during which he allowed just two hits and two walks while striking out a career-high seven.

That one start accounts for more than a quarter of his season workload, as three of his starts lasted fewer than two innings, and he’d topped out at 3⅓ innings.

Durham 3, Charlotte 2

  • Luis González went 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Blake Rutherford, 0-for-3 with a walk.
  • Jake Burger went 0-for-4 with a K.
  • Gavin Sheets was 1-for-4 with two strikeouts.

Montgomery 13, Birmingham 5

  • Ti’Quan Forbes went 2-for-5 with a triple and a strikeout.
  • Micker Adolfo was 0-for-3 with two walks.
  • Carlos Pérez went 2-for-4 with a double and a walk.
  • John Parke: 1 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 2 HR


*Alec Hansen threw eight of 30 pitches for strikes, resulting in this line: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 2 K

Greenville 6, Winston-Salem 2

  • Duke Ellis went 0-for-4.
  • Luis Curbelo was 1-for-4 with a double and a strikeout.
  • Lenyn Sosa was 2-for-4 with a homer.

Kannapolis 10, Carolina 6

  • Jose Rodriguez went 1-for-5 with a K.
  • Chase Krogman was 0-for-3 with an HBP and a strikeout.
  • Bryan Ramos went 1-for-4 with his third homer.
  • Luis Mieses was 1-for-4.
  • Harvin Mendoza went 0-for-2 with two walks.
  • DJ Gladney broke out: 3-for-4 with a homer and a double.
  • Caberea Weaver went 2-for-4 with a double.
  • Andrew Dalquist: 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K

(Photo by via Kannapolis Cannon Ballers on Facebook)


  • Jim Margalus

    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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I saw Hansen pitch last Saturday. It was very sad and hard to watch. He seems to have major issues with his confidence and approach. He even started yelling at the umpire at one point when it was obvious that he wasn’t around the plate consistently enough to get the benefit of any close ones. I really feel bad for the guy and can’t imagine his career is going to last much longer without some major changes.

Michael Kenny

Frankly I was surprised he was still in the system when I first heard his name come up. These have definitely been “verge of retirement” stat lines.


You guys are saying this after he just threw a no-hitter?