White Sox Minor Keys: June 8, 2021

Truist Field in Charlotte (Jonathan Lee)

Minor league relievers are hard to track, but it’s something that’s more worth doing than it used to be. While most MLB relievers are made, not born, it’s harder to know where they’re going to be made, because bullpens no longer comprise failed starters by default.

The White Sox juggled some of their minor-league relievers over the last few days, resulting in the promotions of couple guys who have warranted mention over the first couple installments of Farm Fortnight (which are exclusive to Sox Machine supporters on Patreon).

*Ofreidy Gómez headed from Birmingham to Charlotte on Saturday after overmatching Double-A hitters over the season’s first months. He racked up 24 strikeouts against six hits and seven walks over 16⅔ innings, going from multi-inning relief to save situations. He threw mid-90s when I saw him, but the swings weren’t convincing.

*Lane Ramsey went from Winston-Salem to Birmingham after striking out 13 baserunners to just 10 baserunners over 11 innings with the Dash. Kade McClure now has somebody to look up to, because Ramsey is the tallest player in the White Sox system at 6-9.

Going in the other direction, Felix Paulino was demoted to Birmingham to spite James Fegan, Tyler Johnson had his rehab stint shifted from Winston-Salem to Kannapolis, and Jacob Lindgren was released after walking 15 batters over eight innings with the Knights.

Durham 8, Charlotte 5

  • Luis González went 1-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Blake Rutherford was 1-for-5 with a double and a strikeout.
  • Jake Burger, 1-for-5 with a double and two strikeouts.
  • Gavin Sheets was 0-for-4.
  • Brian Goodwin, 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
  • Ofreidy Gómez’s Charlotte debut: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 0 K
  • Jace Fry: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K

Montgomery 5, Birmingham 2

  • Romy Gonzalez went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
  • Micker Adolfo wore the collar and silver sombrero.
  • Carlos Pérez went 0-for-4 with a strikeout.
  • Ti’Quan Forbes was 1-for-4 with a K.
  • Kade McClure: 3.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 2 HR
  • Lane Ramsey: 1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Winston-Salem 6, Greenville 4

  • Luis Curbelo went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
  • Yolbert Sanchez, 2-for-4.
  • Lenyn Sosa was 0-for-3 with an HBP and a K.
  • Luke Shilling: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K


*Shilling in action:

Carolina 8, Kannapolis 3

  • Jose Rodriguez went 2-for-4 with a homer, walk and strikeout. He was also picked off/caught stealing.
  • Chase Krogman walked twice and struck out thrice.
  • Bryan Ramos also walked twice while going 0-for-3, and stole a base.
  • Luis Mieses went 0-for-3 with a strikeout and an HBP.
  • Harvin Mendoza was 0-for-2 with two walks and a strikeout.
  • Lency Delgado went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
  • Cabera Weaver tripled, singled, walked and struck out.
  • Bailey Horn: 4.1 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 WP
  • Tyler Johnson: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K

(Photo by Jonathan Lee)

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Looks like Fry is ready to be called up any day now


You would think so. That’s 6 scoreless outings, including consecutive days this weekend, and 2 innings last night. He’s not coming off an arm or shoulder issue, so hopefully he replaces Marshall or one of their struggling guys before the week is over. Wonder who they will send down. Hoping it is not Foster, based on Jim’s points on him pitching better more recently. I have no confidence in Marshall at all.


Marshall looked bad against Detroit for sure. But other than that outing, he’s been pretty solid. My guess is Foster is sent down. He is in quite the doghouse with Tony.


Foster and Burr for Fry and Kopech seems the most likely.