White Sox Minor Keys: April 6, 2023

James Fox is saying that Peyton Pallette, the White Sox’s second-round pick in the 2022 draft, will make his professional debut for the Kannapolis Cannon Ballers on Friday.

Pallette missed all of last season due to Tommy John surgery. Prior to the procedure, he had first-round pick potential during his junior season at Arkansas.

Alas, the Ballers are visiting the Down East Wood Ducks, who do not stream their games even though it’s 2023. If you’re jonesing for visuals earlier than that and you have a Baseball America subscription, Josh Norris embedded a good video from behind home plate in his write-up of Pallette’s back-field start against the Brewers.

And if you don’t have a subscription and/or are fine with a brief summary, here ’tis:

Pallette never got to reinforce his draft stock during his junior year, which ended before it started because of preseason Tommy John surgery. He was back on the mound on Monday on the back fields for two-plus innings against the Brewers. He was excellent in his first inning, striking out all three hitters he faced with a fastball that touched 95 and a high-70s curveball. He threw 16 pitches and got five swings and misses in the frame.

Below are the box scores from the first four-game night of the season.

Columbus 4, Charlotte 3

  • Lenyn Sosa went 1-for-4 with a double.
  • Carlos Pérez, 1-for-4.

Birmingham 6, Tennessee 3

  • José Rodríguez resumed the power surge that was interrupted in August: 3-for-5 with homer, double and strikeout.
  • Luis Mieses, 4-for-4 with a sac fly.
  • Yoelqui Céspedes went 2-for-5 with a double and a strikeout.
  • Adam Hackenberg was 1-for-4 with a strikeout and a stolen base.
  • Garrett Schoenle got the nod: 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 5 BB, 7 K, 43 of 81 pitches for strikes.
  • Gil Luna struck out the size on 11 pitches in the seventh.


*Rodríguez stuffed his homer just inside the right-field foul pole.

Hickory 10, Winston-Salem 5

  • Terrell Tatum went 1-for-4 with a walk and two strikeouts.
  • Wes Kath, 0-for-5 with two strikeouts.
  • DJ Gladney, 1-for-5 with two strikeouts.
  • Wilfred Veras, 1-for-4 with a K.
  • Loidel Chapelli’s stateside debut: 1-for-3 with a walk.

Kannapolis 5, Down East 4

  • Jordan Sprinkle went 1-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout at the plate, and 0-for-1 on the basepaths.
  • Fifth-round pick Tyler Schweitzer’s long-awaited pro debut: 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 WP. He threw 43 of 60 pitches for strikes.
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Nice day for popeye!

I too once struck out the size

Joliet Orange Sox

The size does have difficulty laying off pitches at the top and bottom of its gigantic strike zone.

Last edited 1 month ago by Joliet Orange Sox

Aside from Rodriguez, the teams debuting last night kinda lacked star power with Montgomery injured and Ramos not playing (?).

Glad to see that Rodriguez doesn’t need more time to recover his power after hamate bone surgery.

Greg Nix

A bit surprised to see Cespedes back in Birmingham. Not sure why they need to keep FOUR reserve outfielders in Charlotte…


Bryan Ramos isn’t starting in the second Birmingham game either. Boo.