White Sox Minor Keys: June 3, 2022

One current White Sox prospect and one former White Sox prospect both received monthly honors on Friday.

*Lenyn Sosa was named the Southern League’s Player of the Month. He also made the FutureSox Team of the Month for May, and you can read about his body of work there. I’m just happy my story about his hot start didn’t jinx him.

PERTINENT: Lenyn Sosa is breaking out in Birmingham while reining it in

*Luis Gonzalez was named the National League Rookie of the Month for May, and he’s now hitting .324/.361/.454 over 119 plate appearances on the season. There appears to be quite a bit of luck on his side, although the Giants get such good results from unheralded players that one can’t quite write it off as completely random.

Either way, I’ll point to this 2018 FutureSox roundtable where I expressed more enthusiasm about Gonzalez than Jake Burger and Gavin Sheets, the two guys picked before him.

Memphis 8, Charlotte 2

  • Yolbert Sánchez went 1-for-4 with a stolen base.
  • Romy González, 2-for-4 with a strikeout, and was caught stealing.
  • Carlos Pérez was 0-for-4.
  • Adam Haseley went 1-for-4 with a double.
  • Lance Lynn: 4 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2 HR
  • Kade McClure: 2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Notes:

*Eloy Jiménez had a scheduled day off, and he’s supposed to return to the lineup as a DH tonight.

Tennessee 10, Birmingham 5

  • José Rodríguez went 1-for-5, and was caught stealing.
  • Lenyn Sosa, 1-for-4 with a strikeout.
  • Yoelqui Céspedes was 1-for-4 with his ninth homer and two strikeouts.

Winston-Salem 10, Greenville 5 (Completion of Thursday’s game)

  • Terrell Tatum was 1-for-5 with a strikeout, and was caught stealing.
  • Oscar Colás went 3-for-5.
  • Bryan Ramos homered, singled, walked and struck out.
  • Luis Mieses hit a grand slam, maximizing his 1-for-3 night. He also walked.
  • Harvin Mendoza went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts.

Highlights:

*Ramos’ homer:

*Mieses’ slam:

Winston-Salem 3, Greenville 0 (Game 2, 7 innings)

  • Oscar Colás went 1-for-3 with a strikeout.
  • Bryan Ramos also was 1-for-3.
  • Adam Hackenberg, 0-for-3.
  • Harvin Mendoza was 0-for-2 with a strikeout.
  • Andrew Dalquist’s best start ever: 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K

Augusta 5, Kannapolis 2

  • Wes Kath went 2-for-4 with a homer and a strikeout.
  • Wilfred Veras, 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • James Beard was 0-for-4.
  • Kohl Simas: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K

Highlights:

*Here’s Kath’s blast:

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Jim Margalus
Jim Margalus

Writing about the White Sox for a 16th season, first here, then at South Side Sox, and now here again. Let’s talk curling.

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ParisSox

If I may .. putting into context Gonzalez, Pilkington, Semien, Bassit, et al, the White Sox in general seem to under value their own prospects at times.

Now with that said, there is some nice talent in this system who could provide the needed depth on a contending team – the very depth the Sox are lacking in this contention window.

Now with THAT said I would propose that the White Sox should NOT trade their prospects in a desperate grab this year. Rather do a modified retooling for next year, à la les Twins. For example, I wouldn’t be too upset to see a trade of Abreu for sole talent and then resign him in the off-season.

Can we trust Hahn, et Al to pull this off ? That’s a whole other question.

asinwreck

That last sentence is the kicker. The only decision-maker in the organization I trust with talent evaluation is Marco Paddy, so I suppose trades where the return is exclusively players he scouted at some point would be the plan I endorse.

The Plan B I would endorse. Plan A involves transactions that replace every other decision-maker with capable employees from other organizations.

Last edited 6 months ago by asinwreck
ParisSox

Indeed Plan A is THE plan. I’d like subscribe to your newsletter.

soxygen

As hard as it is to care about the major league club, it is also difficult to get excited about the farm system.

Even if the Sox really struggle from here on out, it seems unlikely that they will improve the talent in the system meaningfully. We don’t have the QO pick from Rodon. We don’t have any particularly valuable expiring contracts. Our international pool and #26 draft position don’t seem likely to turn into a top class relative to other teams. We don’t play in the Asian market. We tend not to retain salary when trading veterans to improve the prospect haul.

As bad as the team is at evaluating and developing, it s every bit as bad at talent accumulation.

Last edited 6 months ago by soxygen
chipporter

Honestly, I think people are way too caught up in what # pick we have and where. Considering that approx 50% of all first round picks never spend 1 day at the MLB level, it’s pretty sobering. I remember seeing the HS LHP everyone wanted in my sons draft class, at the Perfect Game event in FL, Josh Smoker, (Jason Heyward was on his team). Everyone drooled over him, his stock dropped for some reason I can’t remember and he went 31st to the Nats. 5 years later he debuted, pitched 79 innings over 3 years and retired.

There are hundreds of stories like this and with much higher picks. It’s about evaluation and projection, which the Sox have a poor record of. Zach Collins was taken 10th.

knoxfire30

The Tennessee CF you guys mocked to the sox homered in yesterdays regional , a high blast off a lefty too….

ForsterFTOG

I only mock current members of the White Sox.

chipporter

Is he related to Jared Mitchell?

lifelongjd

I feel the Sox gave Gonzalez a fair shot. Sometimes a change of scenery is what it takes.