White Sox Minor Keys: Sept. 8, 2022

Sean Burke (Danny Parker/Four Seam Images)

Sean Burke won the Southern League’s Pitcher of the Month for August on the strength of looking like a world-beater every other start, and he continued that trend into September with four shutout innings in the Barons’ 7-2 win over Chattanooga.

Here’s how Burke has fared his last five times out:

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Aug. 164233138
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Aug. 313.2322117
Sept. 84200004

Burke has lowered his walk rate considerably since the start of last month, with just seven walks over his last 25 innings against 42 strikeouts. He’s also on the doorstep of 100 innings, so he’s done what he needed to do with this season.

Nashville 10, Charlotte 6

  • Mark Payton wants back in: 2-for-3 with a double, two walks and a stolen base.
  • Lenyn Sosa went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
  • Carlos Pérez, 0-for-4 with one strikeout.
  • Adam Haseley went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts.
  • Yolbert Sánchez, 2-for-4 with a triple and a K.

Birmingham 7, Chattanooga 2

  • Luis Mieses batted leadoff and went 2-for-4 with a double, walk and strikeout.
  • Bryan Ramos was 2-for-5 with two strikeouts.
  • Oscar Colás, 1-for-5.
  • Yoelqui Céspedes homered, singled, walked, got plunked twice and stole three bases.
  • Colson Montgomery was 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Wilfred Veras wore the collar and silver sombrero.
  • Sean Burke: 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 WP

Brooklyn 6, Winston-Salem 0

  • Colby Smelley went 1-for-4 with a double and two strikeouts.
  • James Beard, 0-for-3.

Kannapolis 3, Augusta 1

  • Jacob Burke went 1-for-3 with an HBP and a strikeout.
  • Brooks Baldwin, 0-for-3 with two walks and a strikeout.
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also Burke was up to 98 yesterday…. seems to have had a jump in velocity no?


Cespedes is finishing with a flurry


I bet Colby Smelley is a tough kid.


If he wasn’t I’d guess that he would stink.


Luis Mieses is rule-5 eligible. Does his small sample size AA performance put him at risk of being claimed, and thus require him being rostered–maybe a year early?

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Whatever happened to the Rule – 5 guys that San Diego poached a few years ago? I can’t remember who they were, but I’m wondering how that worked out. Seems like a big risk to alter a guy’s development, especially when you usually aren’t talking about a top prospect.

From what I recall, none of them had major league careers to speak of after that year. Hard to say if they would have eventually made the majors on a normal trajectory and had a better career. The White Sox version, Adrian Nieto, never made the majors again.

It seems like poaching the A-ball guys has calmed down since then.