White Sox Minor Keys: Sept. 26, 2022

At one of the White Sox’s darkest moments this year, they considered Anderson Severino a possible contributor to the major-league bullpen.

The idea didn’t survive April, but even though Severino gave up five runs and six free bases (four walks, two HBPs) over 7⅓ innings, those two-plus weeks will remain the highlight of his season. There’s the matter that it represents his first MLB experience, sure, but there’s also everything else he’s done this year.

I don’t think I can recall somebody lasting a whole season at Charlotte with the numbers he’s posted. He gave up five more runs in an inning of work in the Knights’ 6-2 loss to Durham on Monday, which gives him this line:

GIPHHRBBKERAAVG/OBP/SLG
3629376413311.79.308/.491/.542

Alec Hansen came close to it his last two seasons in Birmingham, but at least his control problems had a helpful byproduct of allowing fewer hits than innings pitched.

Now if you lower it to a partial season, you only have to look as far as Severino’s teammates. Jason Bilous (10.71 ERA), Brody Koener (10.57) and Parker Markel (10.29) all have or had double-digit ERAs, and all pale in comparison to Tobias Myers, who is 0-6 with a 15.92 ERA and a 3.31 WHIP over seven starts. That makes for an opponent line of .418/.524/.791.

Durham 6, Charlotte 2

  • Oscar Colás had a four-hit game, including a double. He also struck out and was caught stealing.
  • Jake Burger went 1-for-5 with three strikeouts.
  • Lenyn Sosa was 1-for-4 with an HBP.
  • Yolbert Sánchez, 1-for-4 with a walk.

Highlights:

*Here’s the Colás reel:

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Jim Margalus
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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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Right Size Wrong Shape

That Colas highlight reel reminds me of the old Nick Madrigal minor league highlight videos. You would read that he went 3-4 with a double and get excited, then you’d watch the videos and it would be two infield hits and a pop fly hit over the head of a right fielder who was playing on the infield dirt. Thankfully Colas hits a lot more hard hit balls than Madrigal ever did.

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HallofFrank

I’ve been skeptical about the idea “Oscar Colas: starting RF on Opening Day 2023,” but I’m coming around. At least, it sounds a lot better than any idea for RF in a long time.

Right Size Wrong Shape

I’m going to be mad if they have a lower payroll next year. That being said, if they keep the payroll the same but reallocate it so that it makes sense, I could live with Colas (or maybe a Pollock / Colas platoon) in RF.

texag10

I think the bigger issue is: if you save money on RF and not bringing Abreu back, where is that money going? The Starting Pitcher market doesn’t look like its going to be all that exciting with the people most likely being re-signed or having options picked up. Second base is also kinda crappy unless we throw money at a SS and play someone out of position? I’m actually mentally preparing myself for us to spend a bunch on Gallo and I’m not sure if I’m okay with that or not given the low bar we have internally.

jorgefabregas

The entire point of trying to construct the lineup logically by not signing Abreu would be to spend the money on a corner OF. They need two. Colas and one more. Pollock is not good enough to be plan A.

texag10

I mean, ideally we would sign someone to play LF full time with Colas in RF because I don’t really have any issues with readiness when it comes to Colas. I just think we are going to be stuck with Pollock after he exercises his option so signing another player means platoons in the OF and relying on Pollock as our de facto 4th OF? The easiest spots IMO to spend money on are the rotation and second base but there just aren’t any great players likely available there.

jorgefabregas

Yes, Pollock should be the 4th OF if he picks up his option. Another good SP is always a good idea. However, they have 2.5* credible candidates at 2B in the high minors or on the roster and I don’t see them spending long-term money there. Maybe a one-year deal if there was a prominent FA who could use a pillow contract.

*1 Sosa, 1 Rodriguez, and Romy is about 1/2 of a credible candidate.

metasox

Romy currently K’s in about half his at bats. Could be a stretch to include him for anything near a starter role. If it is a pillow contract, they could just keep Harrison around.

texag10

I’m not a huge fan of Pollock in CF which is what worries me about him being the 4th OF. Unless we are saying Colas can play CF (I honestly don’t know) or we sign someone who can cover CF better than Pollock. As for the in house options, wouldn’t using any of those 3 be exactly what Right Size is worried about?

HallofFrank

One way would be to extend players. Anderson, Cease, Vaughn, Lopez, Colas (!?) are all extension candidates, to various degrees.

I guess this is a spoiler for my own OPP, but I’ll likely sign Brandon Nimmo for LF and move Eloy to DH.

ParisSox

So the point of your article above, Jim, is that it could always be worse?