White Sox Minor Keys: July 20, 2021

Yolbert Sanchez (Sox Machine photo)

It seemed like Yolbert Sanchez could have been promoted from Winston-Salem to Birmingham any day for the last three weeks.

Tuesday was that day. The White Sox moved their top international signing from two years ago to Double-A after hitting .286/.340/.387 over 60 games with the Dash. If that doesn’t strike you as all that impressive, that includes a slow start. He’d been hitting .317/.353/.455 since the start of June.

I don’t see a lot of homers in his future, but he’s been a good bat-to-ball guy with a line-drive approach. He’d played more second than short with Winston-Salem, although partially because the White Sox are trying to keep Lenyn Sosa at shortstop at the same time. But he made his Birmingham at second, so perhaps that’s the side of the diamond he’s now confined to, or at least expected to master. Romy Gonzalez is having the kind of offensive season that makes him worth keeping on the position as long as he can hack it.

In other notable promotions:

Charlotte: Received Bennett Sousa, who struck out 38 battters over 24⅔ innings with Birmingham. He yielded more walks (15) than hits (14), so that approach will be tested in Triple-A.

Birmingham: Received Sánchez and Taylor Varnell, who threw five shutout innings in his Double-A debut. Varnell’s a 26-year-old lefty with a 2.19 ERA in his career, although he’s been old for both A-ball levels since the Sox drafted him in the 29th round back in 2018. He works in the low 90s with his fastball, along with a changeup and a curveball. He’s been the Dash’s only reliable starter over the last month-plus, but at least Winston-Salem gets Luis Robert starting tomorrow.

Durham 4, Charlotte 3

  • Jake Lamb went 1-for-5 with a double and three strikeouts.
  • Blake Rutherford was 2-for-4.
  • Eloy Jiménez was 1-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Yermín Mercedes went 1-for-4.
  • Jonathan Stiever: 5 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 1 HR


*Charlotte has lost nine in a row.

*Jiménez survived a diving catch.

Birmingham 3, Chattanooga 0

  • Romy Gonzalez went 1-for-4 with a homer, walk and strikeout.
  • Carlos Pérez was 0-for-4.
  • Micker Adolfo, 1-for-4 with a double.
  • Yolbert Sanchez made his Double-A debut, going 1-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Taylor Varnell in his Birmingham debut: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K

Winston-Salem 6, Jersey Shore 0

  • Yoelqui Céspedes wsa 0-for-3 with a sac bunt, HBP and strikeout.
  • Lenyn Sosa went 3-for-4.
  • Luis Curbelo, 2-for-4 with two doubles.
  • Bailey Horn: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 5 K. ERA is down to 13.50.


*The Dash snapped a six-game losing streak.

Kannapolis 10, Fayetteville 8

  • Jose Rodriguez went 2-for-5 with a walk, strikeout and stolen base.
  • Samil Polanco: 5-for-6 with a double, and 0-for-1 on the basepaths.
  • Bryan Ramos was 0-for-4 with an HBP and a strikeout.
  • Luis Mieses doubled, singled, walked and struck out twice.
  • Harvin Mendoza was 2-for-5 with a double and a strikeout.
  • Cabera Weaver doubled, singled, struck out thrice, stole a base and was caught stealing.
  • James Beard went 1-for-4 with a walk and two strikeouts.
  • Matthew Thompson: 3 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR
  • Yoelvin Silven: 1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K


*The Cannon Ballers snapped a six-game losing streak.

ACL White Sox 10, ACL Brewers Blue 8 (8 innings)

  • Wilber Sanchez went 1-for-5 with three strikeouts.
  • Wifred Veras struck out three times during an 0-for-5 night.
  • Benyamin Bailey was 1-for-3 with a homer and a walk.
  • Elijah Tatis went 1-for-4 with a double and two strikeouts.
  • Erick Bello: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K


*The ACL Sox scored seven in the top of the eighth, with the Brewers coming up short with five.

DSL Reds 9, DSL White Sox 3

  • Carlos Jimenez went 0-for-1.
  • Randel Mondesi, 0-for-3.
  • Victor Quezada was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.
  • Manuel Guariman went 1-for-3 with a strikeout.
  • Adrian Gil: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 2 K
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As Cirensica

Every time Eloy “dives” the last thing on my mind is whether or not he catches the ball.


Regarding Sanchez,

But he made his Birmingham at second, so perhaps that’s the side of the diamond he’s now confined to, or at least expected to master.

I wonder if Rick Hahn’s plan 9 for 2B this stretch drive is calling him up.

(Plan 9, because six trade scenarios fell through, Leury got injured, Burger couldn’t handle the position, and this would definitely resemble an Ed Wood production.)


as would Billy Hamilton making a surprise return to the infield where he began his pro career

Right Size Wrong Shape

I think Adam Engel started his college career as a shortstop. There’s plan 11.


Seeing Eloy dive in a meaningless AAA game is proof he should be DH, he has no impulse control in the field


Sliding on his behind to make a catch is a similar to sliding into a base. If his body can’t handle that he can’t DH either.


The big difference is he does have to run the bases, he does not have to play defense.

The sox have 3 NL games vs the cubs the rest of the way for whenever Eloy is back, there is literally no reason to jeopardize 50-55 others games and all the playoffs pre world series were he can DH to have him flopping around in left. If he wants to try and be an outfielder again in 2022 so be it show up to camp with something to prove. As of 2021 he is to valuable a middle order bat that they need back in the lineup for when they face elite pitching both down the stretch and in the post season.


Because of injuries to other players, there is a greater than zero chance that Eloy is needed in the outfield for an extended period of time. To say that he should just stop playing/trying in the OF right now is absurd.


How is it absurd, we have 6 outfielders better then him defensively and he cant stop getting hurt out there.

Its a two month gap to keep him healthy for a world series bid he can play OF next year.


One does not take the 3 best defensive outfielders on the active roster and play them everyday. If that was the case, Andrew Vaughn would still only be playing 1B/DH.


It’s 100% not absurd to say he should stop trying. Carlos Lee and Manny Ramirez had nice careers not trying in the outfield. Discretion is the better part of valor


Oh, look.

Joliet Orange Sox

I remember when the Dash were the Warthogs. Why are they the Warthogs again in the tweet? Did they change the name back or is it a retro promotion?


From what I have seen this year, it seems they do Warthog throwback games quite often. Maybe every Wednesday home game?

Joliet Orange Sox

Winston-Salem is having Warthog Wednesdays when they dress in Warthog uniforms as a promotion according to their web site.