White Sox Minor Keys: July 31, 2021

Jake Burger (Laura Wolff / Charlotte Knights)

Jake Burger and Micker Adolfo both left Friday’s game early. At the moment, they won’t be seen until Tuesday, and that’s if all goes well. Jeff Cohen, who covers Charlotte for FutureSox, said Burger felt something in his wrist, while Micker Adolfo had pectoral/shoulder discomfort.

Following up on Saturday, Knights manager Wes Helms went in-depth on the idea of wear and tear after long layoffs. Adolfo is up to 65 games after playing just 39 for Birmingham in 2019, followed by the pandemic’s erasure of the 2020 season. Burger is up to 61 games after three years away from a standard season’s grind. Helms said it’s important for both players to be upfront about their conditions.

Jacksonville 10, Charlotte 4

  • Luis Robert DH’d and went 2-for-3 with a walk.
  • Jake Lamb homered, doubled, singled and walked.
  • Yermín Mercedes went 0-for-3 with a walk.
  • Blake Rutherford wore the collar.
  • Danny Mendick returned to Triple-A and went 1-for-4 with a homer and two strikeouts.
  • Ti’Quan Forbes was 1-for-4.
  • Jonathan Stiever: 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 WP
  • Nik Turley had a weird one: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K
  • He and Zack Burdi showed why the Sox looked elsewhere for help: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 0 K

Birmingham 11, Rocket City 1 (Game 1, 7 innings)

  • Romy Gonzalez went 0-for-5 with a strikeout.
  • Carlos Pérez was 2-for-5 with his seventh homer.
  • Yolbert Sanchez, 3-for-4.

Birmingham 2, Rocket City 1 (Game 2, 7 innings)

  • Carlos Pérez went 0-for-3 with a K.
  • Yolbert Sanchez singled, bunted and struck out.
  • Jason Bilous: 5.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 1 HR

Greensboro 11, Winston-Salem 7

  • Lenyn Sosa doubled and struck out four times.
  • Yoelqui Céspedes was 1-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Luis Curbelo went 2-for-5 with a strikeout.

Kannapolis 7, Salem 3

  • Jose Rodriguez went 1-for-4 with a triple, walk and strikeout.
  • Samil Polanco was 2-for-4 with a double and a triple.
  • Bryan Ramos went 2-for-4 with a strikeout.
  • Luis Mieses, 1-for-3 with a double, sac fly and strikeout.
  • Harvin Mendoza was 2-for-4 with a double.
  • DJ Gladney went 2-for-4.
  • Chase Krogman walked once and struck out thrice.
  • James Beard singled, struck out thrice and stole a base.
  • Two in a row for Matthew Thompson: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 1 HR

ACL Dodgers 4, ACL White Sox 2

  • Wilber Sanchez homered and struck out thrice.
  • Logan Glass went 1-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base.
  • Benyamin Bailey went 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Misael Gonzalez recovered from his five-strikeout night to go 1-for-3.
  • Erick Bello: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K

DSL Mariners 5, DSL White Sox 1 (7 innings)

  • Randel Mondeski went 0-for-2 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Manuel Guariman was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.
  • Victor Quezada, 0-for-2 with a walk and a strikeout.

(Photo by Laura Wolff / Charlotte Knights)

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Seeing Yolbert do well I can see the logic behind trading Madrigal. Hernandez for this year and next, then Yolbert should be ready.

But still. I loved watching Madrigal’s game. Going to miss him.


Does Yolbert get a AAA cup of coffee in Charlotte before the season ends? Given his age and initial ability to hit AA pitching, that doesn’t seem unreasonable.

Brett R. Bobysud

They may want him to show a bit more power at the AA level first.


Two in a row for Matthew Thompson: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 1 HR

Some video of Thompson:

Greg Nix

First pro W for Thompson. That’s gotta feel good.


Billy Hamilton to the IL and Jimmy Lambert called up to start


I like it when Jim says things like “Two in a row for Matthew Thompson…”