White Sox Minor Keys: May 16, 2023

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The White Sox’s … unconventional … strategy with regards to international signings has left them with more than $1 million in their bonus pool, which is why they’re signing guys like 25-year-old Cuban reliever Yosimar Cousín for six figures in May.

Nevertheless, Ben Badler reviewed the White Sox’s international class for Baseball America, and while the names are familiar to those who read James Fox’s post covering the 187 announced signings back in January, Badler adds a little more color to the players who signed for five figures.

Regardin Javier Mogollon, a 17-year-old Venezuelan shortstop who signed for $75,000:

His righthanded swing is short, quick, clean and balanced, allowing him to barrel balls at a high clip against live pitching. Despite his stature, Mogollon isn’t a slap hitter either, with the ability to generate startling power for his size, even clearing the batter’s eye at the White Sox academy in the Dominican Republic.

He also mentions Fabian Ysalla, a $50,000 signing out of Venezuelan who recently converted to pitching, and Eyke Ugueto, who provides “a good mix of bat control and some extra-base damage for his age with an aggressive, hard-nosed style of play.”

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 14, Charlotte 5

  • Lenyn Sosa went 2-for-5 with two strikeouts.
  • Oscar Colás, 1-for-5 with two strikeouts.
  • Liam Hendriks: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR


*Hendriks topped out at 93.9 mph over the course of 10 fastballs.

Rocket City 8, Birmingham 6

  • Alsander Womack went 0-for-3 with two walks and two strikeouts.
  • José Rodríguez, 1-for-5 with a double, two strikeouts and a stolen base.
  • Luis Mieses was 1-for-4 with a double and a sac fly.
  • Yoelqui Céspedes got plunked twice during an 0-for-3 night.
  • Cristian Mena: 3 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Winston-Salem 8, Aberdeen 7 (5 innings, wet grounds)

  • Terrell Tatum hit a grand slam while going 1-for-2 with a walk.
  • Loidel Chapelli hit a three-run shot while going 1-for-3 with a K.
  • DJ Gladney had nobody to drive in while going 2-for-3 with a double.
  • Wilfred Veras, 0-for-2 with a sac fly.
  • Wes Kath was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.
  • Jared Kelley: 3.1 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 1 WP

Carolina 14, Kannapolis 2

  • Jordan Sprinkle went 0-for-4 with a walk and two strikeouts.
  • Brooks Baldwin, 1-for-4 with a K.
  • Jacob Burke was 2-for-3 with a double and a walk.
  • Tyler Schweitzer: 5 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 3 K. All runs came in the first inning.
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Kelly getting worse somehow. And Mena making me nervous these last few starts that we’re going to get some kind of announcement of a vague forearm or shoulder injury soon.


My feeling is that last winter was the time to trade Kelley while there might still have been someone who would take a flier on him, at least as part of a bundle. Kelley, Thompson, Dalquist, Vera not only should these guys have been moved but now they have no value in keeping.


So, does anyone know how good Terrell Tatum is on defense? Looks like he was mostly a DH in college.


Whole lotta nothin’.


Those Winston-Salem games are pure fun


I never remember the White Sox having a strong farm system. Back in the 60s, yes the 1960s, they had some good to excellent players, but of course traded them away. It’s hurts too much to mention their names. Never a system like the Yankees, Cardinals, Dodgers, and Rays to name a few. After all these years of, very little, you would think changes would be made. I don’t know who is in charge of the Rays minor league system, but a nice long conversation with him could not hurt. Just a thought!