White Sox Minor Keys: July 3, 2022

(Laura Wolff / Charlotte Knights)

While the White Sox were busy beating up a pitching catcher to close out their blowout over the Giants on Sunday afternoon, the Charlotte Knights beat the Durham Bulls by beating up a pitching catcher in high leverage.

Carlos Pérez recorded the easiest walk-off homer he may ever experience by taking Joe Hudson deep in the 12th inning to give the Knights a 9-8 victory over the Bulls in 12. Durham picked the wrong day for a bullpen game, as Hudson was their eighth “pitcher” of the evening.

Eloy Jiménez also homered from the DH spot.

Charlotte 9, Durham 8 (12 innings)

  • Yolbert Sánchez went 1-for-6 with a double and a strikeout.
  • Eloy Jiménez was 1-for-3 with a homer.
  • Carlos Pérez went 1-for-6 with the walk-off homer and a strikeout.

Chattanooga 10, Birmingham 6

  • José Rodríguez went 2-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Yoelqui Céspedes was 0-for-2 with a walk, an HBP and a stolen base.

Winston-Salem 8, Aberdeen 7 (completion of Saturday’s game)

  • Oscar Colás was 0-for-3 with two walks and a strikeout.
  • Bryan Ramos went 3-for-6
  • Adam Hackenberg went 0-for-5 with a walk.
  • Ben Norman had his first big game: 3-for-5 with two homers, a walk and a strikeout.
  • Andrew Dalquist: 3 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 2 HR

Aberdeen 6, Winston-Salem 0 (Game 2, 7 innings)

  • Colson Montgomery extended his on-base streak to 40 games by going 1-for-3 with a double and a strikeout.
  • Bryan Ramos was 0-for-2 with a walk and a strikeotu.
  • Luis Mieses, same without the K.

Kannapolis 4, Down East 1 (8 innings, rain)

  • James Beard singled, walked and struck out. He left with an injury.
  • Wes Kath went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts.
  • Wilfred Veras homered again, part of a 1-for-4 game with two strikeouts.
  • Kohl Simas before a rain delay: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K


*Simas slipped into MLB Pipeline’s Top 30 White Sox Prospects list after the graduation of Jimmy Lambert.

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It’s been said here and by Getz (?), but it sure seems like the Sox are in for a big (organic) farm rankings jump, whatever happens in the draft.


Why? What prospects have exceeded expectations besides Sosa and Montgomery? Most of the top prospects have underperformed.


Oh, I forgot Davis Martin, their only pitching prospect that was able to help when the staff was thoroughly depleted by injuries.


Wilfred Veras has exceeded my expectations with his power surge, Bryan Ramos is doing fine, Norge Carlos Vera has now actually faced hitters and looked impressive, and Matthew Thompson has made real progress this season. Things could be a lot bleaker.

Then there’s the top of the list looking better because Colson Montgomery looks to be a real SS prospect. Keith Law saw Montgomery last Tuesday, concluding

he played the hell out of shortstop, with a quick first step and a plus arm, making two good plays coming in on softly hit balls. His swing is good, if sometimes long, and he did show he could pull his hands in to shorten up and stay inside the ball. The big question about Montgomery in high school was whether he could hit better pitching, since he hadn’t done so as an amateur, but so far the results are very, very promising.


The minor league on-base streak record is 71 games held by 2 Kevins. Kevin Youkilis and Kevin Millar.


That’s the first recent report I’ve seen on his defense. Sounds great.


I think you could argue that Dalquist, Thompson, and Kelley have been various degrees of “decent”—which is an improvement from last season.


Not sure they’re in for a big jump. Several interesting players—some even promising and accomplished— but if you looked at other systems you’d find the same or better for the most part. Maybe a move from 30 to 26ish.


This is a poor drafting org who doesn’t pick until 26, I don’t see any significant jump from the draft.


You won’t see any jump in any org from the draft. Movement doesn’t really start until the draftees hit the field and start playing. 50% of all first round draft picks never play 1 day in MLB.


Yeah, I’m talking about improvements independent of the draft. “Big” was probably too strong, but from basically nobody to now having a handful of guys showing out at important positions… less dire than we thought.

Again, mainly restating the theme of an earlier article here.


I’m happy to see that Montgomery is now the #100 prospect in baseball, and I definitely feel like this is a better/deeper farm system than some other recent bad/thin Sox farm systems…but the farm system rankings will be relative to other current teams, not relative to (for example) when our system was full of guys like Lance Broadway and Courtney Hawkins trying to figure it out. And a lot of how systems get ranked is based on the strength at the top and 1/100 is not strong at the top.

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Systems don’t get ranked based on the top 100, though. That’s just something for fans. There are several interesting prospects at the top, even if they aren’t in the hallowed “top 100.”

But I still take your point: this system still isn’t *good* even if it is improved.

As Cirensica

Keith Law has a piece today at The Athletic, and he watched Colson Montgomery, and he said literally that Colson’s future looks “very, very promising”. I wouldn’t be surprised if Colson makes Law’s next top 100 prospect list.

EDIT: I just noticed Asinwreck quoted the whole Law piece.

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So Simas debuts on MLB Pipeline but is at #22. Does that have to do with when they were last reviewed? I would have thought he was sitting at 31. Not bad for an undrafted guy, but with only 20 rounds should see more of it

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Eloy back at DH’ing. Should we be concerned? I wonder.

Tonight, I am as excited to watch this series as if the White Sox are in a playoff. Can’t wat. Hopefully the Sox play well, and TLR does not do any clownish move.


It’s probably the number and the blinding foot speed, but when I look at Vaughn, I see a Thome.

I worry much and often that we’ll trade him for crap to make room for Eloy or Sheets or something.

I imagine lots of Hahn’s calls involve a moment like:

“For Burger? No, no. Now, for this Vaughn kid, I’d give you that and more…”


(“More” is Madison Bumgarner)

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The sad part is that this joke is actually a plausible scenario


Undervaluing their own players when trading guys away has not really been an issue for the Hahn regime, with one gigantic asterisk in San Diego