White Sox Minor Keys: June 9, 2022

Norge Vera finally made his stateside debut, giving White Sox fans and prospect evaluators a chance to see him in person.

Vera might not have been as explosive as the Dominican Summer League reports indicated when he was 21 and overmatching hitters years younger. He sat 94-96 and hit 98, as opposed to the occasional triple-digit burst we heard about last season, but Vera, who turned 22 on June 1, overmatched Low-A hitters just the same.

Vera threw 2⅔ scoreless innings, allowing two hits and a walk while striking out three. The two hits were weak singles the opposite way, and none of the Down East Wood Ducks could pull him, even on the ground.

Vera eased into his start, throwing all fastballs in a 13-pitch first before mixing in some sliders during an eight-pitch second. He finally faced a threat in the third with a leadoff single and a walk, but he appeared to be on the verge of an escape when he hit his pitch limit at 42. He ended his night with a strikeout and a flyout, after which Christian Edwards stranded both runners to preserve a 0.00 ERA.

As long as he’s able to ramp up without issue, he probably won’t spend all that much time in Kannapolis. Baseball Prospectus’ Ben Spanier liked what he saw.

Charlotte 4, Louisville 2

  • Adam Haseley went 0-for-3 with a walk, two strikeouts and a stolen base.
  • Romy González was 1-for-4.

Birmingham 5, Pensacola 1 (completion of Wednesday’s game)

  • José Rodríguez went 0-for-3 with two walks and a strikeout.
  • Lenyn Sosa homered, singled twice and struck out.
  • Yoelqui Céspedes wore the golden sombrero.

Pensacola 8, Birmingham 5 (Game 2, 7 innings)

  • José Rodríguez went 1-for-4 with a strikeout.
  • Lenyn Sosa was 0-for-2 with a sac fly. He was also picked off.
  • Yoelqui Céspedes walked, struck out and was plunked.

Greensboro 5, Winston-Salem 4

  • Oscar Colás went 2-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Bryan Ramos, 1-for-3 with two walks and a strikeout.
  • Luis Mieses was 0-for-5 with two strikeouts.
  • Harvin Mendoza, 1-for-5 with a K.
  • Andrew Dalquist: 3 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 32 of 64 pitches for strikes.

Down East 1, Kannapolis 0

  • Colson Montgomery doubled, singled twice and struck out once.
  • DJ Gladney was 0-for-4 with a strikeout.
  • Wilfred Veras, 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
  • Norge Vera’s stateside debut: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 27 of 42 pitches for strikes.
  • Brooks Gosswein: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K

ACL White Sox 9, ACL Padres 5 (7 innings)

  • Cam Butler went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
  • Victor Quezada was 1-for-3 with a double, walk and strikeout.
  • Alvaro Aguero went 0-for-2 with an HBP, and stole two bases.
  • Jose Jimenez: 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K
  • Emerson Talavera: 1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 2 HR
  • Yohemy Nolasco: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

DSL White Sox 10, DSL HOU Blue 9

  • Ryan Burrowes went 1-for-3 with a sac fly and an HBP.
  • Erick Hernandez, 1-for-5 with a strikeout.
  • Ronny Hernandez entered midgame and went 0-for-1 with a walk.
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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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Augusto Barojas

Lenyn Sosa seems pretty unique with his emergent power. How soon can he get called up to AAA? He might be pretty ready with how well he is hitting.

Sanchez has cooled off a lot at AAA, with Sosa’s power he probably has way more upside than Yobert and might be their best bet to provide real long term help from their minor leagues. I hope he is the Sox answer to Jeremy Pena, who incredibly is outperforming Correa (and just about all major league SS’s for that matter).

knoxfire30

AAA has a logjam of infielders is kind of the problem but Sosa may force his way with how he just keeps mashing.

Right Size Wrong Shape

I don’t agree with that. The only infielder on that team who would be considered a prospect is Romy, and the bloom has probably left the rose on that one. There is certainly room for Sosa to start there, and he could probably play more SS since he wouldn’t have Rodriguez blocking him.

knoxfire30

Romy and yolbert … plus its not impossible that when the team adds anderson and eloy back they may have to send mendick or burger down unless they DFA Harrison which would be the smart move but its the sox…

Right Size Wrong Shape

Oh yeah, Yolbert slipped my mind for some reason. Either way, I think it’s gotten to the point where no one in the organization (except maybe Rodriguez depending on how you feel about him) should be blocking Sosa. If Romy needs to play outfield or go down to AA then so be it. And Mendick can play a utility role as long as he is getting regular at bats.

Augusto Barojas

No one should be blocking Sosa, exactly. Nobody has the upside that he has suddenly shown, there is nobody close. He is the lone bright hope from their minor leagues as far as any star potential. (at AA or higher, at least)

Hope we see him at AAA soon, would be hard to keep him at Birmingham if he keeps up what he is doing.

Last edited 5 months ago by Augusto Barojas
huisj

Minors are back to being more fun to follow than the Sox as long as La Russa is doing what he’s doing.

itaita

When guys get moved up and around after the draft do you think they’ll bump Colas up to AA or have him jump to Charlotte instead? I do remember them mentioning that he might get a faster track and he seems to be hitting his stride well in A.

jorgefabregas

AA. He has a 120 wRC+ in A+ (which is quite good, but not great). His plate discipline stats don’t scream super advanced hitter and he hasn’t hit a dinger since May 18.

jorgefabregas

Montgomery very close to the hallowed .300/.400/.500 (which was dubbed a Pham by the Poscast for Tommy Pham’s 2017 season).

Right Size Wrong Shape

In my Fantasy Football league, a Pham has a different meaning.

Alfornia Jones

The middle infield depth in AAA and AA just proves how bad Hahn is a spending money. He blew close to $12 million on 2B, where a revolving door of Mendick/Sanchez/Rodriguez/Sosa/Gonzalez could have easily exceeded current production for next to nothing.

Couple that with the $15 million option on Kimbrel and he blew $27million, and Pollack is not a good value either. That pays for a real RF and some change left over.

Hahn started the rebuild off right, but he is bad at trades and bad at spending money. Time for new blood.

chipporter

I am all in on the Hahn is the wrong guy, bandwagon, but to broad brush him and say he’s bad at trades isn’t true. We basically got Lance Lynn, Gio and Rey Rey for Adam Eaton. Kopech and Moncada for Sale. So there are bright spots in his history.

Now I’m going to go flog myself for coming to Hahn’s defense.

a-t

I mean, Sosa’s raking in AA, it’s not all bad