White Sox Minor Keys: July 1, 2022

While Colson Montgomery is a freshly minted top-100 prospect for both MLB Pipeline and Baseball America, the latter outlet took time to hail another one of the system’s middle infielders, as Lenyn Sosa made the cut for Geoff Pontes’ roundup of Minor League Baseball’s offensive breakout performers.

Lenyn Sosa, SS, White Sox: Recently promoted to the major leagues, Sosa has been one of the White Sox’s biggest development wins over the last few seasons. He played well over 82 games with High-A Winston-Salem in 2021 before struggling upon promotion to Double-A Birmingham. In 2022 Sosa showed major improvements in the way of bat-to-ball skills and swing decisions. While he was prone to chasing, it was often against pitches on the fringes of the strike zone. Year over year Sosa made nearly a 6% jump in contact rate while showing a moderate increase in power. His game production jumped significantly in 2022 as he hit .331/.384/.549 in 62 Double-A games prior to his big league promotion.

Both Sosa and Montgomery kept rolling with big games on Friday night.

Durham 9, Charlotte 8

  • Lenyn Sosa went 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles and a strikeout.
  • Eloy Jiménez played left field and walekd three times before departing for a pinch runner.
  • Carlos Pérez was 1-for-5.
  • Yolbert Sánchez went 3-for-5, but was caught stealing.
  • Davis Martin: 4.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 1 HR

Birmingham 10, Chattanooga 4

  • José Rodríguez went 2-for-5, and was caught stealing.
  • Yoelqui Céspedes was 1-for-4.

Winston-Salem 9, Aberdeen 1

  • Colson Montgomery went 2-for-3 with two walks.
  • Oscar Colás was 1-for-5 with two strikeouts.
  • Same for Bryan Ramos, but his hit was a homer.
  • Luis Mieses went 1-for-5 with three strikeouts.
  • Adam Hackenberg went 1-for-3 with a double, walk and strikeout.
  • Matthew Thompson: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

Kannapolis 9, Down East 3

  • James Beard went 2-for-4 with a strikeout.
  • Wes Kath, 0-for-4 with a K.
  • DJ Gladney wore the silver sombrero during an 0-for-5 night.
  • Wilfred Veras went 1-for-3 with a walk.

ACL White Sox 4, ACL Brewers Blue 2

  • Cam Butler walked twice and struck out thrice.
  • Luis Pineda was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
  • Dairo Borrero went 1-for-3 with a walk.
  • So did Victor Quezada, who also struck out.
  • Erick Bello: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K

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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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Tommy Bombs

I haven’t paid too much attention to the ins and outs of the minor leagues so maybe this is one of those odd things that just happens, but maybe someone could explain to me Logan Glass in AAA?

soxygen

I think it was just a depth thing – they needed a body at AAA and didn’t want to put an actual prospect in a position to fail…

asinwreck

Some encouraging progress from Matthew Thompson this season.

soxygen

I see that 24 yr old LHP Yoan Aybar has his ERA up to 9.58.I wonder how much longer he’ll remain on the 40-man roster.

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As Cirensica

Don’t look at the results. You need to catch up with the new metrics. Sabermetric is dead.

chipporter

All hail, Russametrics

As Cirensica

It is so refreshing to read news about some prospects that might have a MLB future.
Luis Rodrigues
Lenyn Sosa
Colson Montgomery
Davis Martin appears to be too much for AAA hitters
Thompson has been pitching well lately
And there are some other names here and there of high interest like our Cubans, Ramos, etc.

ParisSox

I was about to type the same thing. I like the top 8 or so prospects as legit major leaguers. Not to mention Mena, Vera.

John SF

We may still have a bottom 5 farm in baseball— but there’s just no way to compare this farm system to the system we had in late 2016, the last time our system was ranked so low.

I expect 10 of our top 20 prospects to be big leaguers someday, and several of them will even be *good.*

I think at one point in 2016 (after Tim graduated) our consensus top 10 list produced 0 positive WAR big league players.

Hard to know if this is because we’ve gotten better at development, better at international free agent signings, better at drafting, our farm is just better— or if this is just a result of the game continuously getting younger.

When you look at the farms of other teams in the bottom 5, you also see plenty of high-upside legit 45 FV type prospects.

HallofFrank

You know the offense is bad when you think, “Maybe this 2021 high school drafteee in High A could help this team now?”

chipporter

You seem to have developed a hole in your half full glass! LOL

a-t

It’s been a pretty good year on the farm. We entered the year with the White Sox listed universally as the worst system in baseball but they seem primed to move up from that respectably. It still won’t be a super deep system, but Montgomery and Ramos are guys to be excited about.

Ramos’ triple slash line is good not great, but he’s cut his K rate and increased his power output at a new level, which is hidden by a probably unsustainably low BABIP. ZiPS loved what he did last year and it’ll probably like him even more after this year.

upnorthsox

I guess I’d come at it from the other end and say it’s been a pretty awful year on the farm but there have been a few bright spots. Sosa obviously, and maybe Martin could be considered prospects, but other than them it pretty much Rodriguez as the only other that remotely resembles a prospect in Charlotte or Birmingham. WS seems to be where there are the best prospects with Montgomery, Ramos, and Colas. I’m pretty glass half empty on what’s left in Kanny and the ACL but I’m keeping a wait and see for now. I’m really not high on any of the pitching anywhere and consider it the greatest concern for the org. That’s just my opinion though and I do know that others see that differently.

HallofFrank

If you think this was an awful year, what were you expecting?

I don’t know that I’d call what’s happened the best case scenario, but it’s close.

upnorthsox

I was expecting an awful year and that’s what we got, but there have been a few bright spots. It’s just impossible to get past how barren the pitching is system wide along with the lack of power. It does make the bright spots brighter but it’s really relative.