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The Arizona Fall League revealed its rosters for the upcoming season, and it revealed that Project Birmingham might be serving as the White Sox’s own form of it, because they’re sending none of their big names, at least on the initial rosters.
The White Sox are contributing the following players to the Glendale Desert Dogs:
- RHP Declan Cronin
- LHP Sammy Peralta
- RHP Lane Ramsey
- RHP Chase Solesky
- C Adam Hackenberg
- SS Moises Castillo
- OF Terrell Tatum
Hackenberg is the only prospect who has spent time ranked on organizational top-30 lists, but he hasn’t done much with that status this year, at least at the plate. He’s hit just .221/.316/.324 over 89 games, most of them at Winston-Salem. He’s a true catcher, which is why he’s worth paying some attention to, but he’s not somebody you follow in the box scores on a daily basis.
Tatum might’ve generated a little more interest after hitting .267/.405/.415 with 16 stolen bases between the two A-ball levels, but he was limited to 42 games after testing positive for amphetamine, resulting in a 50-game suspension.
Perhaps the Sox will add bigger names, but it seems like the White Sox are using the last three weeks of the season to test their more promising A-ball prospects against higher levels of competition, rather than sending a Luis Mieses or Norge Vera to pick up extra plate appearances and innings against more talented players.
- Mark Payton went 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts.
- Lenyn Sosa went 0-for-3 with a walk and a K.
- Carlos Pérez, 0-for-4 with a K.
- Yolbert Sánchez went 1-for-4 with a strikeout.
- Luis Mieses went 2-for-5 with a strikeout.
- Oscar Colás, 1-for-4 with a double, walk and strikeout.
- Yoelqui Céspedes was 0-for-5.
- Bryan Ramos, 1-for-3 with a walk.
- Wes Kath went 1-for-4 with a strikeout.
- Adam Hackenberg, 1-for-2 with a walk.
- Sean Burke: 3.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 HR
*Burke finished his first full pro season with 101 innings.