White Sox Minor Keys: May 31, 2023

One pitcher with success in Kannapolis made his Winston-Salem debut on Wednesday, and another one showed he may not be far behind.

Connor McCullough, who twirled a seven-inning no-hitter for the Cannon Ballers a couple of starts ago, found the sledding much tougher in the South Atlantic League. After posting a 2.17 ERA and a 0.78 WHIP in Kannapolis, he gave up four runs on five hits and three walks over four innings, including a couple of homers. At least he has a chance of learning something from this.

Shane Murphy could be following suit in short order. The White Sox’s 14th-round pick in the 2023 draft pitched five innings of one-run ball against Fayetteville, yielding just two hits with zero walks while striking out six. He came away with the no-decision, but lowered his ERA to 1.89, and allowed just 19 baserunners against 24 strikeouts over 23 innings in May.

Baseball Prospectus’ Ben Spanier offered a quick impression of Murphy from his start.

Nashville 4, Charlotte 0

  • Elvis Andrus DH’d and went 1-for-3 with a strikeout and a stolen base.
  • Oscar Colás struck out in a pinch-hitting appearance.
  • Lenyn Sosa was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
  • Carlos Pérez, 1-for-4.

Mississippi 13, Birmingham 2

  • Alsander Womack went 0-for-5 with a strikeout.
  • Bryan Ramos singled thrice and walked once.
  • Yoelqui Céspedes went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
  • Luis Mieses, 0-for-3 with a K and an HBP.
  • Adam Hackenberg was 2-for-2 with a walk.
  • Matthew Thompson is going the wrong way: 4.2 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 2 HR, 3 WP, 53 of 92 pitches for strikes.

Greensboro 6, Winston-Salem 1

  • Terrell Tatum went 2-for-5 with a double and a strikeout. He was also picked off/caught stealing.
  • Loidel Chapelli was 1-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base.
  • DJ Gladney, 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
  • Wilfred Veras, 0-for-4 with one strikeouts.
  • Connor McCullough’s High-A debut: 4 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 2 HR

Fayetteville 2, Kannapolis 1

  • Jordan Sprinkle went 1-for-4 with a K.
  • Brooks Baldwin, 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
  • Shane Murphy: 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 1 HR
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The bad news is that Jordan Sprinkle had 16 hits and 16 total bases in 94 May at bats. The good news is that he also had 12 walks.