White Sox Minor Keys: July 15, 2021
With Seby Zavala joining Zack Collins in Charlotte, the White Sox added catching help in the high minors by acquiring Deivy Grullón from the Tampa Bay Rays for cash.
Grullón came to Charlotte hitting .206/.295/.495 over 33 Triple-A games split between Syracuse and Durham. The Rays had claimed him in May from the Mets, who had claimed him from the Rays in April. The Rays’ first claim took him off the hands of the Cincinnati Reds earlier that month, while Grullón ended up on the Reds when Cincinnati claimed him from Boston in December. The Red Sox claimed him from the Phillies in the final month of the 2020 season.
That’s another way of saying the White Sox are Grullón’s sixth organization in the last calendar year, or seventh if you count the Rays twice. He’s surfaced in consecutive Septembers for the Phillies and Red Sox, amassing a total of 13 plate appearances over five games. He’s 2-for-12 with a double, walk and three strikeouts for his MLB career.
At Triple-A, he’s a career .265/.340/.488 hitter over 140 games. He added to that with his 141st, hitting a homer over the batter’s eye in center field of Truist Park.
The White Sox had the option of addressing the gap from within, as Carlos Pérez‘s 5-for-5 night on Wednesday raised his line with Birmingham to .281/.355/.399, with just 23 strikeouts over 221 plate appearances. Perhaps Grullón is better suited for irregular playing time around whatever they’re planning for Yermín Mercedes.
Gwinnett 11, Charlotte 10
- Blake Rutherford went 2-for-4 with a walk and a stolen base.
- Eloy Jiménez singled twice and struck out thrice.
- Yermín Mercedes went 1-for-4 with a double and a strikeout.
- Luis González went 2-for-4 with a homer, walk and strikeout.
Bowling Green 7, Winston-Salem 2
- Yoelqui Céspedes went 1-for-4 with a double and a strikeout.
- Yolbert Sanchez was 0-for-4.
- Lenyn Sosa, 1-for-4 with a strikeout.
Carolina 7, Kannapolis 3
- Jose Rodriguez went 1-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout.
- Bryan Ramos singled, walked twice and struck out once.
- Luis Mieses went 1-for-4.
- Harvin Mendoza was 1-for-3 with a walk.
- Chase Krogman walked twice and struck out twice.
- James Beard went 0-for-4 with a K.
*Future Sox has a write-up of Matthew Thompson’s return to Kannapolis on Wednesday.
ACL Cubs 1, ACL White Sox 0
- Wilber Sanchez had half the Sox’s hits with a 2-for-4 night.
- Elijah Tatis went 0-for-4 with a strikeout.
- Wilfred Veras and Logan Glass both were 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
- Benyamin Bailey wore the collar and silver sombrero.
- Jefferson Mendoza was 0-for-4 with a strikeout.
- Jared Kelley: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR
DSL White Sox 5, DSL D-backs1 1
- Victor Quezada hit his first pro homer and struck out twice.
- Manuel Guariman went 1-for-2 with a walk.
- Randel Mondeski singled, walked and struck out.
- Adrian Gil: 3 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
- Carlos Hinestroza: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
Birmingham vs. Rocket City, suspended
(Photo by Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports)
So Foster and Fry to AAA. Bummer off the IL. I poked around the world wide web and didn’t see another move on the Sox 26-man roster. So we should have another roster move announced today, right?
What is a Gil Luna?
Never mind. It looks like a minor league signing
Wasn’t he just drafted on day 2?
I had hopes for Nick Turley, who had a 1.3 ERA prior to getting torched and seeing it more than double yesterday. Perhaps he was their plan to be the other, prior to his outing yesterday. Wonder who else they will add.
If there is one area that I think is basically a must-add via trades, it is the bullpen.
Reynaldo López is back.
Is this a joke? If he can’t get hitters out at AAA, what would make them think he will be able to on the Sox?
It it is, it’s a bad joke! He has been terrible at AAA, I don’t understand this move.
I believe his last couple outings were good so maybe they think he figured “it” out
His last start was 2 earned runs in 5 innings, which is not horrible, but it’s AAA. But the start before was 1 inning, 4 earned runs. His numbers are horrible across the board, I don’t think he has figured anything out by the looks of things. I think will be obvious soon enough.
Another possibility is that they would rather have a mop-up guy who can go 3-4 innings, if things go badly with Houston again. They’d probably want to leave Stiever and Lambert taking their turns starting in the minors for development, so here’s Lopez to do this. It will be interesting to see if Lopez just goes down when Marshall is ready, or if they have a different idea.
Could be right that they want a mop up guy, but I hope their weekend with the Astros goes better than that. Seems kind of cruel to bring Lopez back up, it is doubtful to do anything for his confidence. I mean his AAA numbers are just awful, I can’t see any reason to expect anything positive. We’ll know soon enough I guess. I doubt he will remain on the roster long.
I would assume that’s just to get the Sox through the Houston series and Twins doubleheader. And they probably just called Lopez up because it’s easy and they have no real reason to believe that Lambert or Stiever will be better, and why risk either of them getting shelled right before you might move them in a trade.
Nice report on Matt Thompson’s return start. Always grateful for info on the progress of Thompson, Dalquist and Kelley.
Looks like the Cubs are open for business