White Sox Minor Keys: Aug. 13, 2022

If you take Baseball America’s word for it, the White Sox have two top 100 prospects, and not just Colson Montgomery.

BA re-racked its list after the draft, and while Montgomery is holding steady at No. 38, he’s joined by Oscar Colás at No. 99.

It’s still hard for me to think that Colás has the trade value of a typical rising top-100 prospect, because we just saw how he was valued on an open-ish market, and the White Sox signed him for $2.7 million. That’s probably more money than it sounds like considering most teams have such signings lined up years in advance, whereas the Sox only had to wait one signing period to line up the money.

That said, if Colás’ left-handed bat can translate to the majors sooner rather than later while playing quality defense in a corner, then trading him is the last thing they’re going to want to do. Just don’t hold Saturday’s performance against him.

Lehigh Valley 9, Charlotte 7

  • Yolbert Sánchez and Carlos Pérez both were 0-for-5.
  • Jake Burger, 2-for-4 with a walk.
  • Adam Haseley went 1-for-5 with a strikeout.


*The Knights scored four of their seven runs off Jace Fry, in case you wondered where he was.

Pensacola 10, Birmingham 2

  • José Rodríguez went 2-for-4 with his seventh homer. Five of them have come in August, and this one was on the first pitch of the game.
  • Oscar Colás wore the collar and silver sombrero.
  • Rough Double-A encore for Luke Shilling: 0.1 IP, 3 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 1 HBP, 12 of 25 pitches for strikes.

Winston-Salem 3, Bowling Green 2

  • Colson Montgomery went 3-for-4 with a homer.
  • Bryan Ramos was 1-for-3 with a sac fly.
  • Luis Mieses, 0-for-4.
  • Adam Hackenberg, 1-for-3 with a double and a strikeout.


*Montgomery’s homer was against a lefty; 91 mph if I’m reading the scoreboard correctly.

Salem 7, Kannapolis 0

  • Jordan Sprinkle went 0-for-3 with an HBP.
  • Wes Kath was 0-for-2 with two walks.
  • Wilfed Veras went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts.
  • DJ Gladney had the other hit, going 1-for-4 with one strikeout.
  • Jacob Burke was 0-for-3.

ACL Dodgers 9, ACL White Sox 7

  • Luis Pineda went 1-for-3.
  • Tyler Elko had his first big pro game, going 2-for-4 with two homers and two strikeouts
  • Dario Borrero went 1-for-5 with a strikeout.
  • Victor Quezada sported a golden sombrero.
  • Cam Butler went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
  • Yohemy Nolasco: 3 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR
  • Erick Bello: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
  • Carlos Hinestroza: 0.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

DSL White Sox 4, DSL BAL Black 2 (7 innings)

  • Ryan Burrowes and Guillermo Rodriguez both were 2-for-3.
  • Loidel Chapelli was 0-for-3.
  • Carlos Jimenez went 1-for-3 with a K.
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For the game, for the season, and for his career to date…Cam Butler strikes out in half of his at bats. Yikes. I’m not sure how much more run someone like that gets.


Yep, I don’t see him long for his career at this point.


Wasn’t he a high school draft pick last year? He’d seem to have a large runway…

Anyway, this is part of the issue with the system. It’s one thing to draft projects, but it’s hard to ever get excited because this organization rarely seems to know how to improve them at all.

DJ Gladney would be a very interesting prospect, but in three years, this org has been unable to help him get his k rate under 30%. So, he’s a non prospect until that changes.

James Beard was another project. His speed is a game changer if he could put the ball in play. But, he’s never had a k rate under 39% in three pro seasons. So he’s a non prospect.

Caberea Weaver was another project. 3 seasons into his career, 4% BB rate, 39% K rate, ISO under .100. Non prospect.

Jason Bilous was another project. Couldn’t throw strikes in college. We see organizations like MIA, TB, LAD constantly working with these types of pitchers. It looked like some progress had been made, but he’s walking 8 batters per 9 innings this season.

I get it, draft picks are lottery tickets and the far majority of them never become interesting. And I also know that there have been some successes this year: Montgomery, Veras, Mena, Ramos, Popeye, etc.

But, I still think there’s more this org can do to improve their minor league operations to be become even more efficient in their scouting and development process. And the idea that they didn’t use a full-scale rebuild to do so is quite apropos of an organization with too many people feeling padlock-secure in their job status.


You typically don’t get a 3rd shot at rookie ball and Butler has done nothing to warrant a move up to Kanny.

The lack of organizational philosophy to me is their biggest deficiency. Only guys with extreme talent or advanced skills overcome it and even they end up with holes in their game. Guys with lesser talent/skills have no home from which to build from and instead flail around trying to find something, whatever that something is atm.

I hate the whole the draft is a lottery thing, its a copout by the people who are not good at their job.

I don’t think its job security so much as a lack of skills/talent for teaching others and/or identifying it in others. This begins at the top and filters down. What I fear is that we end up with a lot of “tough love” guys who didn’t get help when they were coming up and so think that’s how its done or can’t teach other alternatives. Add to it incestual hiring practices and it becomes an organizational feedback loop.

Yes, the rebuild should have been a great opportunity to reboot the org, instead we went with the same FO who handed the keys off to Nicky 2 drafts fresh from the scouting dmv and Gordon Beckham’s pen pal. I expect the next FO to be picked for its (in)ability to maximize the contention window instead of providing a deep foundational transition. I guess we’ll have to wait for the one after the next one for the possibility of any true change.


If Oscar had been promoted we would have finally had a Burger, Fry and Colas to go