The White Sox don’t have much in the way of 28-man roster reinforcements in Charlotte, especially since Romy Gonzalez has started the season slowly. He came into Sunday’s finale in Nashville hitting just .205/.327/.318 with 21 strikeouts in 52 plate appearances, including a golden sombrero on Saturday night..0…………………………………………………………….
Gonzalez went 1-for-2 and avoided the strikeout column on Sunday, but that’s at least due in part to leaving the game in the fourth inning. He tagged up from second on a fly ball to left center, taking advantage of the inexperience of career infielder Brice Turang in center field.
That part worked out, but Gonzalez injured himself diving into third base with a very long slide. When he slowly rose, he appeared to be favoring a hip or side.
In unknown injury news, Bryan Ramos didn’t play all weekend for the Winston-Salem Dash, and there’s no event to tie it to. He last played on Thursday, going 2-for-3 with a walk to extended his hitting streak to 10 games.
Nashville 3, Charlotte 2
- Carlos Pérez was 0-for-4.
- Romy Gonzalez went 1-for-2 before he was replaced by a pinch runner.
- Ryan Burr made his first rehab appearance: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 11 of 16 pitches for strikes.
Birmingham 7, Biloxi 3
- Yolbert Sánchez went 2-for-4 with a walk.
- Lenyn Sosa did the same, but he hit his first homer of the year.
- Davis Martin: 4 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 WP
Winston-Salem 10, Greenville 6
- Oscar Colás went 2-for-6 with a double and two strikeouts.
- Harvin Mendoza went 3-for-4 with his first homer of the season and a walk.
Fredericksburg 16, Kannapolis 8
- Wilfred Veras went 1-for-4 with a grand slam.
- Colson MOntgomery was 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
- DJ Gladney struck out three times during a 1-for-5 day.
- Wes Kath also went 1-for-5, striking out once.
- Brooks Gosswein: 3 IP, 7 H, 9 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 2 HR
*Fredericksburg scored the first seven runs of the game, all in the second inning. The Ballers then scored the next eight, all in the third inning, before the FredNats scored the final nine of the game.
*Here’s Veras’ slam:
This is a worthy move regardless of Gonzalez’s status:
Yolbert has a higher Fangraphs depth charts projected wRC+ (92) than Mendick (84), Garcia (81), Harrison (88), and Romy (86). Not sure where his defense stands in his current iteration, though.
The decision to re-sign Garcia for 3 years and to give Josh Harrison $5M this year looks worse and worse by the day.
Just stupid. Totally. They are not a smart organization, it isn’t just the slump they are in. You can see the fruits of their mistakes way before they manifest.
Harrison and Garcia are the same damn player basicaly, neither is good enough to be a starting 2b.
Part of me wonders if the goal was to re-create those late 00’s-early 2010’s Cardinal teams that depended on the likes of Nick Punto, Ryan Theriot, David Freese etc. Because the White Sox roster looks a lot like the 2011 Cardinals (3-4 star players surrounded by a bunch of depth/role players.)
Not saying the results are the same, but the process looks mightily similar.
Maybe we will trade for Cesar Hernandez again this deadline when we realized we have a hole at 2B (again) and we had to DFA Harrison.
What I don’t get is that they just never learn. They had to DFA Eaton mid season, after signing him for 8M. This year, Harrison and Velasquez will be candidates, paying them a combined 8M as well.
It makes no sense to keep doing the same thing. Commit to some solid FA’s with multi year deals, like Seiya for several years, and do away with wasting money on guys that are stupid lottery picks that never pan out.
The poor man pays twice
Yolbert’s defense was supposed to be his carrying tool. FG put 50/55 on it. I’m guessing he’s a better defender than the others.
Give him some time in AAA, I guess, but he’s 25. I’m not worried about rushing his development. If he keeps hitting and the others keep… not, give him a go.
Yeah, but that was before he gained a lot of weight and had to move off shortstop.
I had wondered whether he was assigned to Birmingham at the start of the season as a way of providing Céspedes the company of a countryman (which the organization values). I suppose it’s possible that Céspedes won’t be too far behind him in joining the Knights.