White Sox Minor Keys: June 16, 2021

Atrium Health Ballpark (Kannapolis Cannon Ballers on Facebook)

The Kannapolis Cannon Ballers still have a two-digit win total, but they improved to 7-6 for the month of June by opening their series against the Down East Wood Ducks with consecutive victories.

If one were to try to distill the course of the Ballers’ season into one player, it’d probably be DJ Gladney. He played a big role in Kanny’s 6-2 victory on Tuesday, going 3-for-4 with a homer and a walk. Just as importantly, he didn’t strike out, which was something he was doing in bunches.

Gladney basically got week-plus off after a rough crash at the end of May. He had a golden sombrero in the second game of a doubleheader on Carolina on Ma 30, then resurfaced in a doubleheader against Fayetteville on June 4 and went 0-for-3 with a strikeout.

At the time, Gladney’s line sagged to .162/.295/.297. His 37-percent strikeout rate was backloaded by a cluster of 22 K’s over 41 plate appearances over the final 10 games he played during that stretch.

Since resurfacing for everyday play on June 9, he appears to be invigorated. He’s 10-for-23 with two homers and two doubles over the last six games. Just as crucially, he’s struck out just three times against three walks. Consequently, the Ballers are 5-2 since he returned.

Charlotte 11, Jacksonville 2

  • Luis González went 1-for-4 with a double, HBP, strikeout and stolen base.
  • Gavin Sheets went 2-for-3 with a double and two walks.
  • Jake Burger went 2-for-5 with a homer, double and strikeout.
  • Jace Fry: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

Notes:

*Tim Beckham homered twice for the second straight game. Six of his eight homers have come at Truist Field, but his splits are otherwise narrow — partially because he hadn’t done much anywhere until this week. He’s up to .232/.275/.491 on the season.

Mississippi 2, Birmingham 1

  • Romy Gonzalez wore the collar and silver sombrero.
  • Micker Adolfo went 1-for-3 with a strikeout and an HBP.
  • Carlos Pérez was 2-for-4 with a double.
  • Ti’Quan Forbes went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts.
  • Konnor Pilkington: 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K

Winston-Salem 3, Greensboro 2

  • Lenyn Sosa singled twice and struck out once.
  • Luis Curbelo went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.
  • Duke Ellis was 1-for-3 with a K.
  • Luke Shilling: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K

Kannapolis 6, Down East 2

  • Jose Rodriguez went 3-for-5 with a stolen base.
  • Chase Krogman went 1-for-5 with a double and three strikeouts.
  • Bryan Ramos and Caberea Weaver both cooled off, going 0-for-5 with a K.
  • Luis MIeses went 3-for-5 with a double and a strikeout.
  • Harvin Mendoza went 1-for-5.
  • DJ Gladney went 3-for-4 with a homer and a walk.
  • Andrew Dalquist: 4 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K

(Photo via Kannapolis Cannon Ballers on Facebook)

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    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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soxygen

It has been fun following this Kanny team’s ups and downs – thanks for keeping tabs on the farm system!

Michael Kenny

The Sox have a shortstop who just turned 20 and is hitting .297/.343/.484 in A-ball.

NorthSideSouthSider

At that age, that feels like a slash line that gets top 100 consideration, right? He probably needs more of a track record before that happens?

a-t

He’s been on the radar of prospect guys as a kid who “might have a special bat” per FG’s Longenhagen, and if he keeps hitting like this he’ll probably be a backend to mid top 100 guy, if he does this at A+ too maybe higher. Generally the reports from last year are that he’s got a noticeable talent for putting the barrel on the ball, but he needs to add size and strength to his 5’11”/175 frame to be a regular; a more selective approach would also help. On a related note, he should stick at short if his arm strength grows some, otherwise he’s probably better suited to 2B.

jhomeslice

Tim Beckham with 4 homers in 2 games since the announcement of Madrigal being out for the season. Coincidence? Perhaps he is now motivated and knows there is now a chance he could get called. Like Goodwin, he had some success 2 years ago in MLB, with 15 homers in less than 90 games for the Mariners. So he definitely has some power. If they are unable to make a trade, he might be an improvement over what they have (Mendick), although I don’t think he is a great defender. Hope this is the start of better things for him.

burning-phoneix

I really wanna see DJ do well. It would be great to see a ACE program alumni eventually suit up for the Sox in the big leagues.

knoxfire30

No blake rutherford news, is he officially off the list of people to watch cause its long over due. Guess a 646 ops will do that to you.

Whats pilkington’s upside… does he have enough velo and movement to make it as a back end starter or is he more a 4A type who may bounce around as AAA depth and have some emergency big league starts?

a-t

Probably the latter. He was a pitchability/command/performance SEC arm outta college, and the pro looks indicated his fringey stuff had backed up (to a FB in the high 80s). He’s performing sufficiently but not outstanding at AA, so unless the stuff jumps this year, he’s steady as a sixth starter type.

dwjm3

I see Bregman got hurt last night for Houston….Likely to be out for our series