White Sox Minor Keys: April 13, 2023

Entering the season, Tanner McDougal‘s professional experience had been limited to 9⅔ innings, and those came back in 2021. He figured to have a slow buildup after the White Sox selected him out of Nevada’s prep ranks in the fifth round of the 2021 draft, and a torn UCL at the end of that season cost him all of 2022.

He returned to the mound for the Kannapolis Cannon Ballers against the Delmarva Shorebirds on Thursday. It was a big day for him, and a momentous occasion for those wanting to see him, as his appearances in the Arizona Complex League were not streamed.

McDougal pitched 3⅓ scoreless, hitless innings for the Ballers, but they were far from perfect. He issued five walks against three strikeouts, and threw just half of his 60 pitches for strikes.

Of all the excuses for control problems, “First start after Tommy John surgery and A-ball debut for a guy who turned 20 four days before” is one of the best. McDougal’s ability to find the strike zone came and went, but the biggest issues came early. He issued three of his five walks in the first inning, and he threw just 10 of 24 pitches for strikes in the first inning. On the plus side, he sandwiched a four-pitch walk with two four-pitch strikeouts.

Because McDougal pitched on a road feed, the Shorebirds broadcast didn’t offer many velocity updates, but the play-by-play man did say McDougal hit 98 and 97 in the first inning.

Because Delmarva’s camera is stationed behind home plate instead of behind the center-field fence, you won’t get a great look at the tilt on his breaking pitches. That said, he threw a couple of breakers that caused knees to buckle, and one thrown bat.

All in all, it’s a pretty encouraging A-ball debut from one of the system’s most promising pitchers. There’s a chance the typical post-TJS problems were exacerbated by jitters, but if he’s still issuing a walk per inning a month from now … well, that still isn’t terrible news, because that means he’s still pitching.

Jacksonville 7, Charlotte 2

  • Carlos Pérez went 2-for-4 with a double.
  • Daniel Ponce de Leon made his organizational debut as an opener: 2.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 2 K

Rocket City 13, Birmingham 3

  • Yoelqui Céspedes went 1-for-4 with a homer and two strikeouts.
  • Luis Mieses, 2-for-4 with a double.
  • Luke Shilling’s best outing of the year: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 11 of 17 pitches for strikes.
  • Tyler Osik pitched: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K

Winston-Salem 7, Brooklyn 5

  • Terrell Tatum went 1-for-3 with two walks and two stolen bases.
  • Loidel Chapellí came a homer shy of the cycle during a 3-for-5 night, striking out once.
  • Wilfred Veras went 2-for-3 with a walk, and both his hits were doubles.
  • DJ Gladney, 1-for-3 with a double and a sac fly.
  • Kohl Simas: 5 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K

Kannapolis 6, Delmarva 5 (10 innings)

  • Jordan Sprinkle went 2-for-6 with a triple and a strikeout.
  • Tanner McDougal: 3.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 5 BB, 3 K, 30 of 60 pitches for strikes.


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Daniel Ponce de Leon hasn’t discovered his control yet.

He’s also quite old for AAA. Word is that he is looking for some way to address that issue.


Outstanding and incredibly underrated comment right now


Agreed. And a comment that makes me regret the Sox relocated their spring training facility out of Florida a quarter century ago.

In the White Sox organization?


The two short kings at the top of the Dash lineup need a collective nickname. They have been on a tear.


Tyler Osik pitched

This guys does everything

Great look for Loidel Chapellí, Wilfred Veras on the position player side
Tanner McDougal and Kohl Simas positive outings.


I was at the Cannon Ballers game last night! Some stray observations-

  • McDougal did indeed look shaky in the 1st inning but settled down to pitch well over the next 2+ innings. Also there was a delay in the 7th as the right field lights shut off and McDougal spent some of the delay doing the Cupid Shuffle.
  • The relievers used had varying degrees of success. Lots of walks.
  • Jordan Sprinkle started at 2nd base, which was a bummer because I wanted to see his glove at short. He did make a nice play ranging to his left to throw out Jackson Holliday.
  • Johnabiell Laureano made a really lovely diving catch in RF to get the game into extra innings.
  • This is the 8th minor league park I’ve been to and the 2nd in Maryland. This one and the Aberdeen park are very nondescript.

Ponce de Leon? Prognosis Negative.

The Wimperoo

I would comment here, but I might miss the Death Blow.


Nice day on the farm


I believe the PBP announcer did mention a 94 MPH fastball for McDougal in his last inning, so his velocity may have been declining. Or it could be just be one pitch that was slower.


I watched the last half of the Charlotte game. Don’t expect any offensive help from the Knights, or infield defense help. Do expect to see cheap home runs that go just 368 ft. to RF.