White Sox Minor Keys: April 7, 2023

Charlotte Knights pitcher A.J. Alexy
A.J. Alexy (Laura Wolff / Charlotte Knights)

Considering the White Sox have allowed double-digit run totals in three of their last four games, the last thing you want to see is the three active minor league affiliates allowing 41 runs over their four games — especially since two of them were seven-inning affairs.

Alas, the short-notice promotion of Jesse Scholtens took away one starter for Charlotte’s doubleheader in Columbus. In Game 2, A.J. Alexy became the early clubhouse leader for the worst line you’ll see from a pitcher in the White Sox organization this season, especially now that Alec Hansen has retired.

Alexy faced 11 batters, but he only retired four of them. He walked the other seven.

The sequence:

  1. Six-pitch walk
  2. Flyout
  3. Eight-pitch walk
  4. Lineout
  5. Five-pitch walk
  6. Five-pitch walk
  7. Flyout
  8. Four-pitch walk
  9. Five-pitch walk
  10. Backwards K
  11. Four-pitch walk

Alexy, whose spring training was interrupted by a left oblique issue, limiting him to just two-thirds of an inning during Cactus League play. Add those two outs to his start on Friday, and his line for the season is pretty gross: 2 IP, 3 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 9 BB, 1 K, 1 HR.

Columbus 4, Charlotte 0 (Game 1, 7 innings)

  • Lenyn Sosa singled, walked and struck out in three trips.
  • Carlos Pérez was 0-for-3.

Columbus 17, Charlotte 0 (Game 2, 7 innings)

  • Lenyn Sosa doubled and drew two walks.
  • AJ Alexy, oh no: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 7 BB, 1 K, 1 WP 20 of 53 pitches for strikes.
  • Laz Rivera pitched: 1.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HR

Tennessee 10, Birmingham 9

  • José Rodríguez went 1-for-5 with a strikeout, but he was picked off third.
  • Luis Mieses’ batting average fell to .875 after going 3-for-4 with two doubles and a sac fly.
  • Yoelqui Céspedes went 1-for-4 with a homer and two strikeouts. He was also plunked and stole a base.
  • Matthew Thompson: 4.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 1 WP, 47 of 84 pitches for strikes.
  • Luke Shilling: 0 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 1 HBP, six of 20 pitches for strikes.

Down East 10, Kannapolis 1

  • Jordan Sprinkle went 0-for-4 with a K.
  • Peyton Pallette’s pro debut: 2 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 22 of 36 pitches for strikes

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/spits tea


Nice to see the Sox minor league affiliates ‘kickin’ ass’ like the major league club.

Augusto Barojas

Yeah I noticed the two shutouts at Charlotte. At least Sosa is hitting. He may be about the only help they can get from their minor leagues as far as this season is concerned, at least.

They may wind up wishing they never signed Andrus and just went with Sosa from the beginning. I hope we see Sosa by the end of May if Andrus isn’t way better than this.


This whole thing really needs to be studied at the university level. The depths that this organization has sunk is humorous and horrifying at once:

There don’t seem to be ANY positives at any level of the franchise. They do EVERYTHING wrong. And yet, the executives remain pompous and arrogant.

Even if they’re secure in their arrangement, how do you not experience the very human emotion of shame? How do you not feel any embarrassment? The organization was run into the ground awhile ago, and there is no progress in getting it back up.

Augusto Barojas

Reinsdorf has no integrity whatsoever. Pure selfishness. I’m sure there are worse owners. But there aren’t many. It all starts with him. As someone else said, we’ll see more of the same til that dude is gone.


This is the critical mass of talent they were talking about 4 years ago. Just talent oozing out of every area of this organization….

Greg Nix

Sosa has 5 walks vs 3 K’s so far… It would be very fun if he’s actually good.


Minor Keys = hair of the dog