White Sox Minor Keys: July 14, 2021

Yoelqui Céspedes (Sox Machine photo)

Between traveling to Denver for the Futures Game, and off day on Monday and a rainout on Tuesday, Yoelqui Céspedes went nearly a week between playing full, standard baseball games. That pales in comparison to the seven-week delay to start his season, but he looked like he couldn’t wait to swing the bat again during the doubleheader against Bowling Green.

Céspedes swung at 16 of the 26 pitches over the course of an 0-for-6 night, during which he struck out twice. He wants to make things happen, which can be said about the Winston-Salem lineup as a whole. The Dash have the High-A East’s lowest walk rate, which isn’t a good combination with a Bowling Green staff that is the stingiest at issuing them. The Dash didn’t draw a walk in the doubleheader until they were down to their last out of Game 2.

But Céspedes at least showed a willingness to shrink his zone as the night proceeded. He saved his best two at-bats for last, taking twice in each of the four-pitch battles. Because the Hot Rods don’t walk anybody, he still fell behind 1-2 each time, but he came through with a couple of line drives.

The first should’ve been a base hit, as Céspedes kept the hands back long enough to flip a breaking ball into left field, but Lazaro Leal was thrown at third for the first of two occasions in the game.

In his final trip, he laid off two sliders, the second of which caught the zone for a 1-2 count. He still got the fastball he anticipated, and lined out hard to right.

Céspedes has three walks against 29 strikeouts over 85 plate appearances this season, so tamping down his aggression until it takes a more constructive form is going to be his primary objective. I also wonder if being confined to a DH because of a shoulder issue to start the season is hampering him a little, whether due to physical limitations or having no other way to contribute to a game. Either way, it seems like any attempt to establish an MLB ETA is purely speculative until he gets at least a solid month of swinging out of his system.

Gwinnett 11, Charlotte 1

  • Eloy JIménez played left the whole game and went 1-for-4 with a strikeout.
  • Yermín Mercedes went 1-for-4 with a double.
  • Luis González was 0-for-3 with a walk.
  • Ti’Quan Forbes singled and struck out twice.

Birmingham 11, Rocket City 5

  • Romy Gonzalez went 2-for-5 with a double.
  • Carlos Pérez had an Arby’s night: 5-for-5, all singles. He also stole a base.
  • Micker Adoflo was 2-for-5, both doubles. He struck out once.
  • Kade McClure: 4 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 K

Bowling Green 5, Winston-Salem 1 (Game 1, 7 innings)

  • Yoelqui Céspedes and Lenyn Sosa both were 0-for-3 with a K.
  • Yolbert Sanchez was 2-for-3, and was caught stealing on a busted hit-and-run.

Bowling Green 2, Winston-Salem 1 (Game 2, 7 innings)

  • Yoelqui Céspedes went 0-for-3 with a K.
  • Lenyn Sosa was 0-for-3.
  • Yolbert Sanchez flied out in a pinch-hitting appearance.

Carolina 15, Kannapolis 10

  • Jose Rodriguez went 1-for-5 with a double and a K.
  • Bryan Ramos was 1-for-4 with a double, walk and K.
  • Luis Mieses and Harvin Mendoza keep doing the same thing: 1-for-3 with a double, two walks and a K.
  • Chase Krogman had the same line, but his hit was a homer.
  • DJ Gladney, 1-for-5 with three strikeouts.
  • Caberea Weaver tripled, walked and struck out twice.
  • Matthew Thompson returned to A-ball: 3 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K.
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jhomeslice

Has anyone heard news on Tim Beckham? I assume he must be hurt, was doing very well with an OPS of .875 but has not played since July 3 I think. I cannot find any news.

asinwreck

Injured. From the FutureSox game summary yesterday:

Tim Beckham is going to be out of the lineup with a knee injury for quite a while, if not the rest of the season. The White Sox medical staff is still determining if Beckman needs season-ending surgery or if he can rehab and return to the field this year. Beckham had major knee surgery last year.

jhomeslice

Thanks for the update, very sorry to hear. I know he was not going to be anyone’s favorite choice as an upgrade to Mendick, but he was hitting well enough that he might have gotten a call up if they are unable to swing a trade. A shame to hear.

On a positive from that article is that it sounded like Eloy might be back in couple weeks if not sooner. Perhaps he can wear protective football gear if they insist on putting him back in the outfield!

soxfan

It would be the height of silliness to play him in the OF unless Grandal can only return to DH rather than to catch. Vaughn is no worse, arguably better, and much less of an injury risk, so Eloy’s spot IMO is DH for now. It’s nice to have some positional flexibility for spot starts or NL games or whatnot, but there’s no reason to bench Vaughn in favor of Jimenez when you can get both their bats in the lineup another way.