White Sox Minor Keys: April 12, 2023

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

Back during prospect-ranking season, I was tempted to leave Norge Vera out of my top 10 White Sox prospects list, because on top of the relatively short track record and significant durability concerns, his late-season showings were terrible.

There just wasn’t another 10th prospect I felt strongly about — the ones I was most intrigued by, I hadn’t actually seen — so I settled for ranking Vera 10th while referring to the system as a top nine, and half-thanking Keith Law for ranking Vera 17th when I talked to him on the podcast.

Anyway, a fresh season is upon us, and while Vera said he wants to hit 100 innings in 2023, it might take him until 2025 if Wednesday was any indication. Vera only lasted two-thirds of an inning, walking four of the six batters he faced while throwing just 12 of 32 pitches for strikes. The velocity wasn’t there, either.

Jacksonville 3, Charlotte 1

  • Carlos Pérez went 0-for-4.
  • AJ Alexy’s start could’ve been worse: 3 IP, 2 H,. 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 34 of 64 pitches for strikes.
  • Alex Colomé is back: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K


*Besides Colomé, the White Sox also signed former Cardinal reliever Daniel Ponce de Leon to a minor-league deal and assigned him to Charlotte.

Birmingham 3, Rocket City 2 (10 innings)

  • José Rodríguez went 0-for-4 with a walk.
  • Luis Mieses was 0-for-5 with two strikeouts.
  • Yoelqui Céspedes drew three walks (one intentional) and struck out once during an 0-for-2 night.
  • Adam Hackenberg was 1-for-4 with a walk.


*Bryan Ramos’ groin soreness has officially landed him on the 7-day IL.

Winston-Salem 12, Brooklyn 7

  • Terrell Tatum went 2-for-3 with a homer, two walks and a stolen base.
  • Loidel Chapellí was 2-for-4 with a homer and two strikeouts.
  • DJ Gladney, 1-for-4 with a stolen base.
  • Wes Kath walked once and struck out thrice.
  • Norge Vera: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 1 K


*Here’s another Chapellí blast.

Delmarva 12, Kannapolis 2

  • Jordan Sprinkle went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts.
  • Shane Murphy: 4 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K


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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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Woof thats a disaster start to the season for Vera… I was so high on him just a little while ago but the lack of velocity and command is extremely troubling.

Pretty bad day for the sox as a whole, mlb club on down thru the system… chapelli maybe a lone exception


Sosa would like a word


he ran into one for sure, but he looks pretty lost on sliders and cutters away… hoping he figures that out, hot AAA start and if he does some nice things with the big club while TA is out he could replace andrus sooner then later


Lenyn ran into one his first game back in August last yr too but then went 1 for 19 the rest of the way out. Be hopeful but don’t put too much into one swing. No reason he can’t get every start at 2B until TA comes back but its primarily up to his production if he stays beyond that.


Thanks for the write-up.

  • The Good: Céspedes working 2 walks (plus an intentional)
  • The Bad: Loidel Chapellí looks like a bad-bad man, and looks great in what I thought was a proper, slightly aggressive assignment. I am hopeful for him to continue to look good.
  • The Ugly: Norge Vera. I am hoping this is just a terrrible day for him and to see a bounce back next outing. I was super high on him. I am glad that I read writers that are willing to be give honest opinions, not herd toward the mean, and willing to re-evaluate.

My Kannapolis write-up is cut off after 2 bullet points (with a third blank bullet point). Maybe that is all you get for a 12-2 loss.


After I saw the clip of Chalelli’s first homer, everything from his size and frame to his batting stance immediately reminded me Ozzie Albies. Fingers crossed that he can be that kind of player.

Last edited 1 year ago by BenwithVen
Greg Nix

Top two prospects starting the season on the IL? They’re practically already White Sox, baby!


call ’em up!