White Sox Minor Keys: July 4, 2022

Truist Stadium in Winston-Salem

While the minor leagues are usually dark on Monday, the schedule made an exception this week to accommodate the sizable draw that the holiday usually generate, so here’s a welcome full slate of games to start the week.

Also welcome: this scouting report of Colson Montgomery by Keith Law.

On Tuesday night, I caught the White Sox’s High-A affiliate, Winston-Salem, at Baltimore’s affiliate in Aberdeen. Winston-Salem featured shortstop Colson Montgomery, Chicago’s first-round pick in 2021 out of an Indiana high school, who has been outstanding at the plate at two levels so far this year as a 20-year-old. He’s had two hits in four of his seven games so far in High A. I did not get to one of those games, although he did have one hit, so this isn’t a Luis Robert situation, but 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.

Law also issued a positive review of Oscar Colás, although he cautioned against “some trouble with breaking stuff.”

Gwinnett 6, Charlotte 4

  • Yolbert Sánchez and Carlos Pérez both were 2-for-4 with a strikeout.
  • Eloy Jimeénz played the entire game in left field and went 2-for-4.

Tennessee 9, Birmingham 5

  • More hot local singles for José Rodríguez, who went 3-for-5 with a strikeout and a stolen base.
  • Yoelqui Céspedes went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts.

Winston-Salem 5, Wilmington 1

  • Colson Montgomery went 2-for-3 with a walk.
  • Oscar Colás, 2-for-4.
  • Bryan Ramos stranded six while wearing the collar.
  • Luis Mieses doubled, singled and struck out twice.
  • Adam Hackenberg went 1-for-2 with two walks.
  • Christian Mena’s best High-A start yet: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K

Carolina 4, Kannapolis 3

  • Wes Kath went 1-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • DJ Gladney was 0-for-4 with a walk and three strikeouts.
  • Wilfred Veras wore the collar and silver sombrero, but without the walk.
  • Brooks Gosswein: 5 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 1 HR
  • Manuel Veloz’s A-ball debut: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K

ACL White Sox 8, ACL Cubs 2

  • Cam Butler went 1-for-3 with two walks, a strikeout and a stolen base.
  • Luis Pineda was 0-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Dario Borrero, 2-for-5 with a double.
  • Victor Quezada singled, walked and struck out twice.
  • Yohemy Nolasco: 3.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K
  • Emerson Talavera: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K

DSL Brewers 2 6, DSL White Sox 4

  • Ryan Burrowes went 1-for-5 with a strikeout and a stolen base.
  • Loidel Chapelli homered, singled, walked twice and was caught stealing.
  • Carlos Jimenez went 1-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Leandro Alsinois was 1-for-4.
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It might finally be time for Eloy’s brother to come stateside.

Enoy/Cesar has played one game in the ACL this year. I’m not aware of a relation to Carlos, but I could be wrong.

Gor! I saw C. Jimenez and thought it was Cesar.


I really dont know why Colas hasnt been moved up, an older prospect who is doing well in high A really shouldnt have to wait on AA or AAA at this point in the season.

Eloy played the OF…. will he need multiple off days now to recover?


one day off to recover during the plane trip to Chicago


Agree on Colas. And he seems to be frustrated with his situation for one reason or another, so promoting him might help. He has cut his strikeout rate on the season from like 24% to 20%.


yea his overall numbers justify it but if you break down his most recent month is screams move up


So Chapelli is 20 and happily mashing DSL. That’s a relief.


What’s Montgomery’s ceiling this year? Are they going to let him get 150 or more PAs in High-A or if he keeps on this tear could they get really aggressive and promote him again?


Payroll concerns for the 2029 season may preclude that.


im totally fine with his age 20 season being between both A affiliates, his age 21 AA, age 22 some AAA and maybe a call up… thats still very fast pace and no real reason to rush him.


Yoan Moncada would like a word


Two more minor seasons would correspond well to Moncada’s deal assuming the ’25 option is bought out


Erick Hernandez is back in the lineup today after missing a game and a half. The half game was the second half of a blowout, so it wasn’t clear if it was injury-related. Depending on what they think of Mondesi at this point, they have 3 or 4 interesting players for 3 spots in the DSL outfield.

Lenyn Sosa has been out for two games.


Watched a bit of the Dash game on my tv yesterday. Their broadcast is high quality. The announcers may have been misclassifying some of the pitches (or maybe I did), but Mena’s slider and changeup looked better than his curve to me. His curve looked more like a pitch to steal strikes. The curve is supposed to be his best secondary according to scouting reports. Overall he looked really good, which you could guess from the box score. He only took 62 pitches to get through 5 innings. 45 of which were strikes.

Montgomery just looks so good at the plate. Disciplined and hits the ball hard.