White Sox Minor Keys: Sept. 15, 2022

Baseball America has spent the the last week writing about how rule changes have impacted the various leagues in which they were implemented, including a season-ending summary of pitch clocks.

Unlike the sticky-stuff ban, the enforcement of the pitch clocks did not abate over the course of the 2022 season. When Baseball America tallied the results in mid-May, it found that minor-league games were on average 24 minutes shorter.

I might’ve expected the difference to decrease over the course of the season, but when BA revisited the topic this week, it found that game lengths were reduced by an additional two minutes.

The introduction of the current pitch clock at all full-season levels of the minors this year led to a reduction of 26 minutes in the average time of a nine-inning game through Sept. 8. Every level of the minors saw its average game time reduced between 18-31 minutes.

Norfolk 14, Charlotte 6

  • Mark Payton went 3-for-4 with a double, walk and two stolen bases.
  • Lenyn Sosa was 1-for-5 with his seventh homer.
  • Carlos Pérez, 2-for-4 with a double.
  • Yolbert Sánchez was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
  • Davis Martin: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Rocket City 5, Birmingham 2

  • Luis Mieses homered, singled and struck out twice.
  • Oscar Colás wore the collar and silver sombrero.
  • Yoelqui Céspedes, Wilfred Veras and DJ Gladney also went 0-for-4, but only struck out twice.
  • Colson Montgomery was 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts.
  • Jared Kelley: 4 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 32 of 55 pitches for strikes.
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Jim Margalus
Jim Margalus

Writing about the White Sox for a 16th season, first here, then at South Side Sox, and now here again. Let’s talk curling.

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I’d be curious to know if the pitch clock is why Cespesdes has been stealing bases like mad lately. Definite advantage to the runner if they know the pitcher has to come to the plate.