White Sox Minor Keys: Aug. 6, 2021

Southridge’s Colson Montgomery (2) hits a homer as the Southridge Raiders play the Mt. Vernon Wildcats in Mt. Vernon, Ind., Thursday evening, May 13, 2021. MACABE BROWN / Courier & Press via Imagn Content Services, LLC

Colson Montgomery and Wes Kath, the White Sox’s top two picks from the 2021 draft, have made it into the box scores. Both made their debuts in Arizona on Friday, and both reached base once, with Kath’s in the form of his first professional it.

In order to make room on the left side of the infield, the White Sox promoted Wilber Sanchez to Kannapolis. The 19-year-old Venezuelan was off to a decent start to his stateside debut, hitting .269/.313/.385 over 83 plate appearances, including homers in consecutive games to close out July. He struck out 23 times, so he has some holes to close in his swing, but he also committed just two errors over 16 games at shortstop, which is respectable for an Arizona rookie league. He’s the kind of player who might give us a good indication of the difficulty of going from the ACL to Low-A without the typical short-season stop in between.

Sanchez started at shortstop with Jose Rodriguez DHing on Friday, so perhaps this is the kind of move that results in Rodriguez getting promoted to Winston-Salem in the nearish future.

Gwinnett 4, Charlotte 3 (11 innings)

  • Luis Robert DH’d, going 0-for-3 with a walk, HBP and strikeout.
  • Blake Rutherford was 1-for-4 with a walk and two strikeouts.
  • Yermín Mercedes went 2-for-5 with a homer.
  • Ti’Quan Forbes went 1-for-5 with three strikeouts.

Mississippi 12, Birmingham 0

  • Romy Gonzalez singled twice and struck out twice.
  • Carlos Pérez aso went 2-for-4.
  • Jason Bilous: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K

Asheville 9, Winston-Salem 6

  • Lenyn Sosa went 2-for-5 with a double.
  • Luis Curbelo, 1-for-5 with a double and three strikeouts.
  • Luis Mieses went 2-for-4 with a double a strikeout.

Carolina 8, Kannapolis 3

  • Jose Rodriguez went 1-for-5 with a double and two strikeouts.
  • Wilber Sanchez made his A-ball debut, going 1-for-5 with two strikeouts.
  • Bryan Ramos, 2-for-5 with a double and a K.
  • Harvin Mendoza had the 2-for-5 with a K, but no double.
  • Caberea Weaver was 0-for-2 with two walks, a strikeout and two stolen bases.
  • Chase Krogman went 0-for-1 with a walk, two HBPs and a stolen base.
  • Matthew Thompson couldn’t make it three in a row: 3.2 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 2 WP, 2 HBP.

ACL White Sox 4, ACL Padres 3 (7 innings)

  • Colson Montgomery made his debut, going 0-for-3 with a walk.
  • So did Wes Kath, who went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts.
  • Wilfred Veras and Jefferson Mendoza both were 1-for-3 with a strikeout.
  • Misael Gonzalez singled and struck out twice.
  • Logan Glass homered, singled and struck out.
  • Elijah Tatis was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.

DSL White Sox 7, DSL Reds 4 (7 innings)

  • Manuel Guariman tripled, singled, got plunked and struck out.
  • Randel Mondesi went 0-for-1 and walked thrice.
  • Carlos Jimenez went 0-for-3 with a walk.
  • Victor Quezada, 0-for-3.
  • Carlos Hinestroza struck out the one batter he faced.

(Colson Montgomery photo by Macabe Brown / Courier & Press via Imagn Content Services, LLC)

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Foulkelore

Leury and Goodwin starting with Engel and Vaughn on the bench, which seems a little odd, but Alzolay has extreme splits in his career so far. Righties slash: .175/.256/.291 (3.19 FIP/3.19 xFIP), while lefties slash: .280/.364/.606 (7.62 FIP/5.20 xFIP) against him.