White Sox Minor Keys: April 19, 2023

Ben Norman (Jim Margalus / Sox Machine)

Before we get into Wednesday’s box scores for a farm system that keeps winning despite some sluggish or nonexistent starts, a couple of updates:

*Loidel Chapelli returned to the lineup for the first time since Friday. He left that game with a hand injury that he suffered sliding into second base, but he picked up where he left off by reaching base three times against Asheville.

*Ben Norman, who signed as an undrafted free agent with the White Sox after an outstanding season as a fifth-year senior with Iowa and big 40 games with the now-independent Great Falls Voyagers, received a promotion to Birmingham.

Norman was intriguing early for Winston-Salem in 2022 — it’s where he made his affiliated debut in June — but he faded over the last six weeks or so to finish at .229/.312/.410. He returned to the Dash, but after an impressive first five games, he’s now making his Double-A debut. He’s 25, but in the event he slipped through the cracks due to the pandemic and shortened drafts, it’s worth at least knowing his name.

Louisville 7, Charlotte 6

  • AJ Alexy remains a curiosity: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 1 WP, 1 HBP, 30 of 65 pitches for strikes.

Birmingham 4, Pensacola 1

  • José Rodríguez went 2-for-5 with a K.
  • Yoelqui Céspedes was 2-for-4.
  • Matthew Thompson was effectively wild: 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 6 K, 43 of 77 pitches for strikes.
  • Luke Shilling is dialing it in: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 8 of 12 pitches for strikes.

Winston-Salem 7, Asheville 5

  • Terrell Tatum went 1-for-3 with a double, two walks and three stolen bases.
  • Loidel Chapellí returned to the lineup, going 1-for-3 with two walks, a strikeout and a stolen base.
  • DJ Gladney and Wes Kath both were 1-for-5 with three strikeouts.
  • Wilfred Veras homered, singled, walked and struck out twice.
  • Norge Vera: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 11 of 24 pitches for strikes.


*Asheville still doesn’t have a feed, so there aren’t any reports on why Vera didn’t make it out of the first inning once again.

Kannapolis 8, Charleston 7

  • Jordan Sprinkle went 0-for-2 with two walks and an HBP.
  • Brooks Baldwin was 0-for-3 with two walks and a strikeout.
  • Shane Murphy: 6 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 9 K, 1 HR, 1 HBP


  • Jim Margalus

    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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I said the other day that it seems like Kath gets 2 strikeouts every day. I just checked. He’s played 8 games this year. He has K’ed twice in 5 of them. The other three games have seen him strike out 3 times each. 8 games, 19 strikeouts. 36 PA, 19 K, 3 BB, 2 HR.


Yeah, 53% strikeout rate so far this year. And his hit tool was supposed to be his carrying tool when he was drafted.


So, in 600 PAs, he will hit 33 home runs and strike out 317 times. That seems fine.


Vera is being groomed as an opener. The Sox are being innovative and proactive.


thought I heard he left with an injury too? Can anyone confirm?


Norge catches the ball thrown back by the catcher, Keegan Fish, and steps off the mound to collect his thoughts. He glances up and sees Venus shining in the evening sky. The pitch clock is at 18 seconds. He thinks of planets and stars and goldilocks zones, about the chances other intelligent life has evolved or will someday. He wonders what games they might play for their amusement. The pitch clock is at 13 seconds. This game is not bringing Norge much amusement, not like it did when the future felt so distant and limitless. Somehow, in spite of another looming disaster start, he feels consumed by an overwhelming calm. The pitch clock is at seven seconds. At the moment when a balk is the last thing on Norge’s mind, his molecules explode faster than the speed of light. His empty uniform falls to the pitcher’s mound. Norge Vera is now one with the universe. Manager Guillermo Quiroz is given all the time he needs to warm up a reliever, but Haylen Green is ready to go.


L. Ron Hubbard would like a word….


Alsander Womack 3-for-5, slashing .382/.417/.647. I still have dibs.