Romy Gonzalez wasted no time acclimating to Charlotte.
Making his Triple-A debut on Saturday, Gonzalez went 2-for-4. Both of those hits were homers. The second of those hits was a three-run homer that gave the Knights a walk-off victory over Norfolk.
He directed the other homer right of center as well, so the dimensions of Truist Field seem to suit him well enough.
Charlotte 7, Norfolk 5
- Billy Hamilton opened his rehab stint by going 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.
- Jake Burger pinch-hit for him and struck out.
- Yasmani Grandal played first, going 2-for-3.
- Yermín Mercedes went 1-for-4 with a homer and two strikeouts.
- Gavin Sheets went 1-for-4 with a double.
- So did Blake Rutherford, who also struck out.
- Romy Gonzalez went 2-for-5 with two homers and five RBIs in his Triple-A debut.
- Jimmy Lambert: 4 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 1 WP
Birmingham 2, Tennessee 1 (7 innings)
- Yoelqui Céspedes went 0-for-3 with a K.
- Yolbert Sanchez was 2-for-3 with a homer.
- Carlos Pérez went 1-for-2 with a walk.
- Lenyn Sosa, 1-for-3 with a K.
- Davis Martin: 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K
Hickory 11, Winston-Salem 4 (Game 1, 7 innings)
- Jose Rodriguez went 3-for-4 with a homer.
- Luis Curbelo homered, walked and struck out twice.
- Luis Mieses went 0-for-3.
- Caberea Weaver hit his first High-A homer and struck out twice.
Winston-Salem 8, Hickory 2 (Game 2, 7 innings)
- Jose Rodriguez went 2-for-4, and 1-for-2 on the basepaths.
- Luis Curbelo went 1-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
- Luis Mieses doubled, singled twice and struck out once.
- Caberea Weaver singled, struck out twice and stole a base.
- Yoelvin Silven: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR
Kannapolis 5, Down East 2
- James Beard went 2-for-4 with a walk.
- Shawn Goosenberg went 2-for-5 with a K.
- Harvin Mendoza was 3-for-4 with a triple.
- Adam Hackenberg was 2-for-4 with a strikeout.
- Bryan Ramos, 0-for-3 with a walk.
- Misael Gonzalez went 0-for-3 with a walk, strikeout and stolen base.
- Chase Krogman walked twice and struck out twice.
- Wilber Sanchez was 0-for-4 with a strikeout.
- Andrew Dalquist: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 5 BB, 4 K, 2 WP
*Kannapolis snapped a 15-game losing streak.
ACL White Sox 7, ACL Dodgers 3
- Colson Montgomery went 1-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout.
- Wilfred Veras was 3-for-5 with two doubles and a strikeout.
- Wes Kath, 2-for-5 with a K.
- Benyamin Bailey, 2-for-4 with a walk.
- Jefferson Mendoza went 1-for-5 with two strikeouts.
- Noah Owen: 3 Ip, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K
DSL Padres 15, DSL White Sox 7
- Manuel Guariman went 1-for-3 with a walk and an HBP.
- Carlos Jimenez went 0-for-4 with a walk.
- Randel Mondesi was 2-for-2 and stole two bases.
- Carlos Hinestroza: 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K
(Photo by Laura Wolff / Charlotte Knights)
Team’s middle infield depth in the farm system doesn’t appear to be as barren as it did at the start of the season.
Gonzalez, Sanchez, & Rodriguez have all had nice seasons at their various levels, plus the addition of Montgomery.
On mlb.com, Bryan Ramos listed as Sox 11th prospect, and Lenyn Sosa at 18th. To go along with Rodriguez 10th, Yolbert 16th, and Romy at 21st. Not to mention Montgomery. So they appear to have a lot of middle infield depth.
With Romy the only one at AAA, wonder if it is possible for him to progress quickly enough to make Mendick obsolete some time next year.
Laz Rivera has had a nice year as well.
Romy has never really played SS before this year, even in college. In 2018, he was primarily a DH. In 2019, he played mostly LF and 1B. The Sox are doing their best to improve his value but major league SS is probably not in his future. While Fielding Pct. isn’t great for determining average vs. great defense, his .946 fielding percent is something to be suspicious about.
He mostly played third base in College. Some 2B as well.
Can Romy make a run this year as Cesar Hernandez is not inspiring much confidence?
What’s up with Yermin? Just marking time til Japan, or making changes that might get him another shot in MLB?
I’m keeping my eye on Hinestroza and am looking forward to seeing him stateside…next year? I worried about his 1/3 inning stint yesterday, but saw that he simply closed out the game so…whew! Still good.
Goosenberg and Hackenberg are off to encouraging starts at Kannapolis, but really I just like writing Goosenberg and Hackenberg ….