White Sox Minor Keys: July 16, 2021

Yolbert Sanchez (Sox Machine photo)

Besides sending Reynaldo López to Chicago and gaining Matt Foster and Jace Fry in the trade, the Charlotte Knights shuffled their roster in a couple other ways before Friday’s game.

From above, Jake Lamb started his rehab stint. From below, the Sox promoted Laz Rivera from Birmingham to take the place of Tim Beckham, who had been out of action for nearly two weeks.

Rivera’s been sneakily productive at Charlotte, hitting .259/.322/.411 after a miserable .248/.287/.318 performance with the Barons two years earlier. But I’m more wondering whether that promotion opens a middle infield spot for Yolbert Sanchez to make the jump from Winston-Salem. Sanchez is now hitting .286/.342/.390 with just 33 strikeouts over 59 games, so there’s not a whole lot left for him to prove at High-A at age 24.

Gwinnett 5, Charlotte 3

  • Blake Rutherford went 1-for-5 with a strikeout.
  • Jake Lamb started his rehab stint by playing a full game in right, going 1-for-4 with a K.
  • Yermín Mercedes was 1-for-4 with a triple and a strikeout.
  • Luis González singled twice, walked twice and stole a base.
  • Ti’Quan Forbes went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts.
  • Matt Foster: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 WP

Rocket City 9, Birmingham 4 (Game 1, 7 innings)

  • Romy Gonzalez wore the collar and silver sombrero.
  • Carlos Pérez went 1-for-3.
  • Konnor Pilkington before rain suspended the game: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K
  • Blake Battenfield after: 1.1 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Bowling Green 11, Winston-Salem 4

  • Yoelqui Céspedes went 2-for-5 with two strikeouts.
  • Yolbert Sanchez went 2-for-4 with a homer and a double.
  • Lenyn Sosa was 1-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Luis Curbelo went 2-for-4 with two doubles and a strikeout.
  • Davis Martin: 1.1 IP, 5 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 1 HR
  • Bailey Horn: 2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K. His ERA is down to 21.60.

Carolina 9, Kannapolis 2

  • Jose Rodriguez and Luis Mieses both were went 2-for-4.
  • Bryan Ramos, 1-for-4.
  • Harvin Mendoza went 0-for-3 with a walk.
  • Caberea Weaver was 1-for-2 with two walks and a stolen base.
  • Chase Krogman singled and struck out thrice.
  • Andrew Dalquist: 3.2 IP, 6 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR
  • Yoelvin Silven made his first appearance since June 9: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

ACL White Sox 3, ACL Padres 2 (7 innings)

  • Wilber Sanchez went 2-for-4 with a stolen base and a strikeout.
  • Elijah Tatis was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.
  • Wilfred Veras went 0-for-1 with two walks.
  • Logan Glass went 0-for-2 with an HBP and a strikeout.
  • Benyamin Bailey was 1-for-3.
  • Jefferson Mendoza doubled and struck out twice.
  • Ronald Guzman: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 3 K

DSL D-backs1 4, DSL White Sox 0 (7 innings)

  • Dario Borrero went 0-for-2 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Arxy Hernandez struck out all three trips.
  • Carlos Jimenez was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.
  • Randel Mondesi singled, stole a base and struck out twice.

Birmingham vs. Rocket City Game 2, PPD


  • 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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