Tending to the Farm: Romy Gonzalez lights up the Fire League

This series will recap the performances of each White Sox minor league affiliate throughout the previous week. Here is the 18th installment of the 2022 season.

Charlotte Knights (40-65)

Weekly Record: 4-2

Last week the Knights welcomed the Gwinnett Stripers to Truist Field. Charlotte went on a bit of a heater, winning four games in a row and taking the series from the Braves affiliate. The Knights occupy last place and are 19 games back in the International League East Division.

Charlotte’s offense was outstanding last week against the Stripers. Charlotte had a .314/.368/.583 slash line and a .951 OPS. They also scored 33 runs, had 55 hits in 175 at-bats, 10 doubles, two triples, 11 home runs, 12 walks to 29 strikeouts, and went 4-for-7 on stolen bases. Complete season totals for the Knights offense can be found here.

Charlotte’s pitching had similarly unspectacular numbers to the previous week. The Knights had a team ERA of 5.59, a 1.78 WHIP, and a .301 Batting Average Against. They also allowed 32 runs (29 earned), 56 hits to 46.2 innings pitched, 27 walks to 43 strikeouts, hit two batters and allowed 10 home runs. Complete season totals for the Knights pitching staff can be found here.

🔥 Hot Player of the Week 🔥

Blake Rutherford: Blake Rutherford excelled last week against the Gwinnett pitching staff. The 25 year-old former first round pick slashed .444/.474/.667 for a 1.141 OPS, hit one double. one home run, five RBI, scored three runs, and had eight hits in 18 at-bats.

Honorable Mentions: Lenyn Sosa, Adam Haseley, Carlos Perez, Laz Rivera, Jake Burger, and Kade McClure

Birmingham Barons (46-56)

Weekly Record: 1-5
First Half: 31-38
Second Half: 15-18

Last week Birmingham welcomed the Chattanooga Lookouts to Regions Field and things never got going for the Barons, as they dropped five of six in the divisional matchup. The Barons are in third place and three games back in the second half in the Southern League North Division.

A tough week as a club saw the Birmingham offense take a bit of a step back from the previous week. The Barons slashed .210/.323/.405 for a .728 OPS. Additionally, they scored 27 runs, had 42 hits in 200 at-bats, nine doubles, no triples, 10 home runs, 29 walks to 57 strikeouts, and went 8-for-13 on stolen bases. Complete season totals for the Barons offense can be found here.

The Barons pitching staff had a rough week on the mound. The Lookouts knocked around Birmingham, leaving them with a 6.47 team ERA, a 1.72 WHIP, and a .286 Batting Average Against. The Barons also allowed 47 runs (41 earned), 64 hits to 57 innings pitched, 34 walks to 73 strikeouts, hit three batters and allowed seven home runs. Complete season totals for the Barons pitching staff can be found here.

🔥 Hot Player of the Week 🔥

Jose Rodriguez: Jose Rodriguez was demonstrating his “Popeye” nickname last week. The 21 year-old infielder slashed .250/.379/.667 for a 1.046 OPS, hit one double, three home runs, four RBI, scored four runs, and had six hits in 24 at-bats.

Honorable Mentions: Evan Skoug, Yoelqui Cespedes, Ivan Gonzalez, Sean Burke, and Theo Denlinger

Winston-Salem Dash (49-53)

Weekly Record: 3-3
First Half: 33-33
Second Half: 16-20

Last week Winston-Salem took a journey to the Coney Island Boardwalk to play the Brooklyn Cyclones. The Dash started off hot, winning the first two games before ultimately leaving Brooklyn with a series split. The Dash are in fourth place and nine games back in the second half in the South Atlantic League South Division.

The Dash offense was unspectacular but semi-productive last week. Winston-Salem slashed .255/.310/.413 for a .723 OPS. The Dash also scored 19 runs, had 50 hits in 196 at-bats, nine doubles, two triples, six home runs, 14 walks to 52 strikeouts, and went 5-for-6 on stolen bases. Complete season totals for the Dash offense can be found here.

The Winston-Salem pitching staff was simply outstanding last week. The Dash had a team ERA of 2.36, a 1.25 WHIP, and a .193 batting average against. The Dash also allowed 14 runs (13 earned) on 34 hits over 49.2 innings, 28 walks to 58 strikeouts, hitting three batters and allowed two home runs. Complete season totals for the Dash pitching staff can be found here.

🔥 Hot Player of the Week 🔥

Tyler Osik: I’m not sure if you heard, but Tyler Osik had a great week in Brooklyn. The 25 year-old hit for they cycle and slashed .529/.550/1.059 for a 1.609 OPS, hitting one double, one triple, two home runs, five RBI, scored four runs, and had nine hits in 17 at-bats.

Honorable Mentions: Luis Amaya and Garrett Schoenle

Kannapolis Cannon Ballers (46-56)

Weekly Record: 2-4
First Half: 26-40
Second Half: 20-16

Kannapolis squared up against the Carolina Mudcats last week in what proved to be a tough task for the Cannon Baller squad. The Ballers dropped four of six in the weekly matchup. Kannapolis is in second place and two and a half games back in the second half in the Carolina League South Division.

The Cannon Ballers offense had a decent week at the plate against the Mudcats pitchers. Kannapolis left the series with a .237/.329/.419 slash line for a .748 OPS. Kannapolis also scored 26 runs, had 47 hits in 198 at-bats, 15 doubles, no triples, seven home runs, 26 walks to 75 strikeouts, and went 2-for-2 on stolen bases. Complete season totals for the Cannon Ballers offense can be found here.

Kannapolis pitching had a real tough time against the Carolina Mudcats hitters last week. The Ballers posted a team ERA of 6.12, a 1.48 WHIP, and a .290 Batting Average Against. In addition, the staff allowed 37 runs (34 earned) on 58 hits over 50 innings, issuing 16 walks against 51 strikeouts, while hitting two batters and allowing eight home runs. Complete season totals for the Cannon Ballers pitching staff can be found here.

🔥 Hot Player of the Week 🔥

Andy Atwood: Andy Atwood was one of a few bright spots for the Cannon Ballers last week. The 25 year-old righty slashed .273/.429/.636 for a 1.065 OPS, hitting two doubles, two home runs, three RBI, scored six runs, and had six hits in 22 at-bats.

Honorable Mentions: Benyamin Bailey and Jonah Scolaro

ACL White Sox (19-24)

Weekly Record: 4-1

After gaining some reinforcements from the 2022 draft class, the ACL White Sox took off like a rocket en route to winning four out of five games last week. The ACL White Sox are tied for last place and 10 games back in the ACL West. Full standings of the ACL can be found here.

The ACL White Sox offense was significantly better last week than they’ve been in the previous couple. The club hit .282/.359/.446 for an .805 OPS. Additionally, the ACL White Sox scored 27 runs, had 50 hits in 177 at-bats, six doubles, one triple, seven home runs, 19 walks to 37 strikeouts, and went 3-for-3 on stolen bases. Complete batting stats for the ACL White Sox can be found here.

The ACL White Sox pitching staff have now strung together two successful weeks in a row. The hurlers left the week with a team ERA of 2.64, a 1.24 WHIP, and a .229 Batting Average Against. In addition, the staff was charged with 13 earned runs (15 runs allowed), 38 hits in 44.1 innings pitched, 17 walks to 48 strikeouts, hit no batters, and allowed three home runs. Complete pitching stats for the ACL White Sox can be found here.

🔥 Hot Player of the Week 🔥

Romy Gonzalez: Romy Gonzalez was out on a rehab assignment and was flat out annihilating ACL pitching. The 25-year-old slashed .471/.526/1.176 for a 1.705 OPS, hitting four home runs, 10 RBI, scored five runs, and had eight hits in 17 at-bats.

Honorable Mentions: Jacob Burke, Jayson Gonzalez, Jordan Sprinkle, Chase Krogman, Cameron Butler, Homer Cruz, Emerson Talavera, and Dylan Burns

DSL White Sox (23-23)

Weekly Record: 2-3

The DSL White Sox had their usual five game slate this week, and unfortunately dropped three of five games, bringing their season record back to .500. The DSL Sox are in fifth place and six and a half games back in the DSL San Pedro Division. Full standings of the DSL can be found here.

The offense cooled off some from the previous week. The White Sox hit .276/.353/.374 for a .727 OPS. In addition, the club scored 15 runs, had 34 hits in 123 at-bats, seven doubles, one triple, one home run, 14 walks to 20 strikeouts, and went 7-for-9 on stolen bases. Complete batting stats for the DSL White Sox can be found here.

The DSL White Sox pitching staff was significantly improved from the previous week. The staff held a team ERA of 4.60, a 1.40 WHIP, and a .254 Batting Average Against. The DSL crew also allowed 16 earned runs to 19 runs allowed, 30 hits to 31.1 innings pitched, 14 walks to 28 strikeouts, hit three batters, and allowed five home runs. Complete pitching stats for the DSL White Sox can be found here.

🔥 Hot Player of the Week 🔥

Frankeli Arias: In a five inning weather-shortened game, Frankeli Arias was unhittable for the DSL White Sox last week. The 19 year-old southpaw went all five innings allowing not hits, no runs, no walks, struck out four, and had a .000 Batting Average Against and a 0.00 WHIP.

Honorable Mentions: Arnold Prado, Ronny Hernandez, Carlos Jimenez, Godwin Bennett, Ricardo Gomez, and Jesus Mendez

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Wayne

I see Tyler Osik is getting a bunch of DH at-bats, but how is his catching coming along?

I hope Romy gets healthy and comes back strong. He would be a nice option for the Sox to use as the call-up instead of Sosa. I know he was hot last year, and gone through injuries.

BenwithVen

Montgomery is up to #38 in BA’s Top 100. This write up gets me very excited:

A first-round pick in 2021, Montgomery hit .324/.424/.477 in 205 plate appearances with Low-A Kannapolis before the White Sox bumped him to High-A Winston-Salem at the end of June. Montgomery continues to show the attributes conducive to hitting at the major league level, with a smooth lefthanded swing and the ability to track pitches well and stay within the strike zone to get on base at a high clip. He continues to add more conviction in his pure hitting ability, to go along with his impressive athleticism and the physical projection in his 6-foot-4 frame for more power to come as he gets into his prime.