White Sox Minor Keys: Aug. 27, 2022

Norge Vera
Norge Vera (Brian Westerholt/Four Seam Images)

While we discussed in Saturday’s Minor Keys how Noah Schultz might be the most divisive prospect in the White Sox farm system, Norge Vera might not be far behind.

Vera made his Double-A debut as part of Project Birmingham on Saturday night, and he posted a very Vera line, throwing a scoreless 2⅔ innings despite three walks. One start in, his Double-A line fits right in with the rest:


His season was delayed by a lat strain, and then it was interrupted by shoulder stiffness. If he’s limited to 50ish pitches a start from here on out, he’ll be lucky to reach 40 innings this year, and it’s not like he’s throwing harder in shorter stints (Birmingham’s broadcast had his fastball at 91-94).

Yet his start on Saturday was yet another outing where he just didn’t get hit. He had success with the fastball at the top of the zone even despite the average velocity. If he’s tough to square up in a physically compromised state, then it allows for the possibility of a higher ceiling at full strength. But then you also have the question of whether he’s going to be physically compromised too often to make the most of what he has, if he has it.

FutureSox’s recent midseason rankings put him fourth. as did Baseball America. He was two spots lower on MLB Pipeline’s list.

Birmingham 5, Mississippi 0

  • Duke Ellis went 1-for-4 with a walk, two strikeouts and two stolen bases.
  • Oscar Colás, 2-for-5 with his 11th homer and a strikeout.
  • Yoelqui Céspedes went 1-for-4 with a K.
  • DJ Gladney, 2-for-3 with a walk.
  • Wes Kath was 2-for-4 with a double.
  • Adam Hackenberg went 1-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Norge Vera: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 WIp, 30 of 49 pitches for strikes.


*Colás homer came on an 0-2 hanger:

Asheville 11, Winston-Salem 3

  • Colby Smelley went 1-for-4 wtih a strikeout.

Kannapolis 11, Carolina 4

  • Jordan Sprinkle went 1-for-5 with two strikeouts.
  • Brooks Baldwin was 1-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Jacob Burke singled, got plunked and struck out thrice.
  • Shane Murphy’s High-A debut: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K
  • Manuel Veloz: 4.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

Charlotte at Memphis, suspended

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Bring up Colas when rosters expand. Charlotte’s bandbox won’t make a difference in his development.

Augusto Barojas

I like the idea, but there is no point in bringing up Colas. Tony would not play him.

Greg Nix

A competent org would have had him up two weeks ago. At the very least they should be trying to see if he can fill a hole for next season.

Right Size Wrong Shape

What, and mess up Project Birmingham?


But, Leury needs those ABs now.


“Physically compromised” — the new “day-to-day”?


The idea was to bring together a group of remarkable prospects to see if they could become something more…”

This is what a good organization would do at all levels all the time.

Last edited 1 year ago by metasox