White Sox Minor Keys: Aug. 2, 2022

As the recent crop of draft picks gets integrated into the lower-level rosters, a number of White Sox prospects received promotions.

*Jason Bilous heads from Birmingham to Charlotte. His numbers are unimpressive on the whole — a 5.27 ERA with 55 walks and five hit batters over 83⅔ innings — but there are signs of progress over his last eight starts are so. Here’s hoping Truist Field doesn’t pose the threat of a relapse.

*Matthew Thompson takes Bilous’ place in Birmingham in his first real separation from Andrew Dalquist. Thompson’s numbers are similarly unimpressive — a 4.70 ERA, with 13 homers over 84⅓ innings — but he made major strides throwing strikes.

*Norge Vera heads from Kannapolis to Winston-Salem, which should pose a stiffer challenge. Vera allowed just 12 hits over 24 innings while striking out 35. He’s only averaging about three innings a start as the White Sox carefully manage his workload, so he may as well face better hitters during that limited exposure.

Gwinnett 6, Charlotte 3

  • Lenyn Sosa was 0-for-3 with a walk.
  • Jake Burger, 1-for-4 with a triple.
  • Carlos Pérez was 1-for-4 with a K.
  • Same for Adam Haseley, but his hit was a homer.
  • Vince Velasquez in his first rehab appearance: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Chattanooga 4, Birmingham 3

  • José Rodríguez was 0-for-4 with a walk, strikeout and stolen base.
  • Oscar Colas singled thrice, walked, struck out and was picked off.
  • Yoelqui Céspedes went 0-for-3 with a walk and strikeout, and was caught stealing.

Winston-Salem 4, Brooklyn 2

  • Colson Montgomery went 0-for-4 with a walk and a K.
  • Bryan Ramos, 0-for-5 with a strikeout.
  • Luis Mieses went 2-for-5 with a strikeout.
  • Adam Hackenberg, 1-for-4 with two strikeouts.

Kannapolis 3, Carolina 1

  • Wes Kath was 0-for-4 with a walk and three strikeouts.
  • DJ Gladney, 1-for-5 with a strikeout.
  • Wilfred Veras went 0-for-4 with a walk and two strikeouts.

ACL White Sox 5, ACL Royals 1

  • Romy González went 2-for-3 in his second rehab game.
  • Jordan Sprinkle made his pro debut by replacing González, and was promptly plunked.
  • Luis Pineda singled twice and struck out twice.
  • Brooks Baldwin made his first start as a right fielder and went 2-for-5 with a double.
  • Jacob Burke’s debut: 1-for-3 with a walk.
  • Drake Logan also played his first game, going 1-for-4.
  • Dario Borrero went 3-for-4 with a double.
  • Cam Butler was 0-for-4 with a walk and a stolen base.
  • Caleb Freeman: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K
  • Erick Bello: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
  • Carlos Hinestroza: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
  • Emerson Talavera: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K

DSL Blue Jays 5, DSL White Sox 2 (7 innings)

  • Erick Hernandez went 0-for-4 with a K.
  • Guillermo Rodriguez, 2-for-4 with a double and a strikeout.
  • Loidel Chapelli was 0-for-3 with a K.
  • Carlos Jimenez went 1-for-2 with a walk.
  • Ronny Hernandez was 1-for-2 with a sac fly.
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HallofFrank

The next month or so will probably determine how good this Sox system is more than most. Thompson, Vera, and Kelley could really solidify their prospect status with solid performances to close out the year.

knoxfire30

and colas and sosa are auditioning for big league jobs in 2023, you know jerry is salivating at rf and 2nd being solved internally on the cheap

ayeitsfabes

That’s what the minors are for. We should also be salivating for MLB production developed internally..

knoxfire30

the sox rush minor leaguers at times into the bigs, as oppose to spending on proven high end mlb talent, like teams who claim to be world series or bust do

you want both, well seasoned minor leaguers ready to take over spots on the 26 man roster, and excess minor leaguers for trades

ayeitsfabes

The Sox don’t sign premium talent because of rushed prospects. They don’t sign premium free agent talent above 100 million as an organizational philosophy.

If Colas and Sosa earn a September call up, and make enough of an impact on the big league club to make the 2023 team, then by definition they weren’t rushed. But Colas isn’t going to be the reason the Sox don’t sign Judge.

IllinoisJones

I mean, it might determine their end-of-season rankings, but development isn’t linear. All these prospects could have a poor end to their season and make big strides the next.

HallofFrank

Yes, that’s what I meant. By “how good the system is,” I just meant how good the system is perceived to be. But that’s also important, not just for how Fangraphs or whoever ranks them. A strong finish would go a long way to bumping up their value this winter, should any trades be considered.

lifelongjd

Was hoping Hahn could find a new team for Jake Burger. He’s more than capable of being in MLB as an everyday player.

Joliet Orange Sox

Burger’s bWAR this year is 0.0. I think that’s who he is – a replacement level player. That’s an accomplishment for someone with his injury history but I don’t think there are teams seeking to add replacement level players because they have their own.

Last edited 4 months ago by Joliet Orange Sox
ParisSox

I don’t think that speaks to his upside

HallofFrank

Why in the world did the Sox activate Luis Robert before yesterday’s game? He’s not in the lineup again today and is presumably “unavailable.” It’s one thing for a guy to be unavailable because you don’t want to put him on the IL. I can’t see any reason for activating a guy before he’s available. It would have been nice to have a AAA mop up arm last night.

calcetinesblancos

I’m confused, are you suggesting the active roster should have some sort of correlation to the players who are available to play?

HallofFrank

Then why not call up Haseley or Burger? Clearly, several guys on this team are having a difficult time playing several days in a row. Instead of the AAA mop up reliever, it would have been nice for Haseley to cover a few innings for Vaughn or Burger for Moncada. It’s not a revelation or anything. But it seems like such an obvious choice unless you’re certain Robert is ready.

metasox

Maybe they thought announcing Robert’s return would help cover for lack of action at the trade deadline. Because I believe this org would actually think that way. That said, they seem kind of weird about bringing guys up for just a day or two. Which is inconsistent with the effort to give guys rest when they can.

upnorthsox

Sadly this is undoubtedly it. They already brought up Mendick for only a few days earlier in the year so its not unprecedented and besides we are already past a day or two with Robert, more like 14 days now.