White Sox Minor Keys: July 23, 2023

White Sox draft pick Jacob Gonzalez
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With the White Sox opening the second half of the season with nine consecutive games, the club hasn’t gotten the opportunity to officially introduce its first-round pick, Jacob Gonzalez. Usually it involves something like a batting practice session, the first pitch, meeting with the media and interviews in the TV and radio booths before he’s sent on his way to his first affiliate.

The White Sox should be able to stage all ceremony this week, with two games against the Cubs and four against the Guardians. Meanwhile, every pick aside from 12th-rounder Mathias LaCombe has signed, and there’s a valid excuse. James Fox says LaCombe will be flying in from France on Tuesday to complete the set.

Memphis 5, Charlotte 1

  • Yoán Moncada went 2-for-4 with two doubles.
  • Lenyn Sosa, 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.

Chattanooga 12, Birmingham 5

  • José Rodríguez went 3-for-5 with a walk and a stolen base.
  • Alsander Womack was 0-for-2 with three walks.
  • Luis Mieses, 0-for-5 with two strikeouts.
  • Yoelqui Céspedes was 1-for-4 with a K and a stolen base.
  • Adam Hackenberg, 2-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout.

Jersey Shore 7, Winston-Salem 5

  • Jacob Burke started a new streak, doubling, singling twice and striking out twice.
  • Colson Montgomery went 1-for-4 with a strikeout.
  • Wilfred Veras, 0-for-3 with a walk
  • Loidel Chapelli singled, walked and struck out twice.
  • Wes Kath was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
  • Kohl Simas: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 2 HBP, 48 of 86 pitches for strikes.


*This game not only featured the son of Bill Simas on the mound, but also Jersey Shore’s Jason Ruffcorn, the son of Scott Ruffcorn.

Kannapolis 17, Carolina 7

  • Brooks Baldwin wennt 2-for-4 with two walks and a strikeout, and was caught stealing.
  • Mario Camilletti had a day: 5-for-7 with a homer, double, five RBIs and three runs scored.
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Just supporting Sox Machine. Thanks for the recap, fans appreciate it


Have any draftees debuted for other teams? It seems like there’s been a long time between them announcing the initial signings and now. I wouldn’t expect them all to be playing already, but I would expect some.


Looking at last season’s debuts, I guess I am just over-eager.


Jordan Sprinkle debuted basically 2 weeks after the draft, so to follow a similar timeline there should be some debuts today or tomorrow.

Last edited 9 months ago by jorgefabregas

Sure enough, a bunch of draftees in the ACL lineup tonight!


I’d like to know which scout recommended using a second round pick on Wes Kath.


Fire him.


Current fangraphs writeup for him is instructive. Pandemic may have inhibited adequately assessing his abilities


Arguably the same thing happened with the evaluation of Montgomery. If he’s seen as the clear plus hit tool dude he’s been in the minors, he is not available at #22.

Torpedo Jones

FWIW, Kath wasn’t just some random name the Sox pulled out of a hat. Fangraphs draft big board had him ranked 27th and MLB had him 34th. Keith Law was down on him but still had him at 80th overall. Kath looks like a dud but at least it wasn’t some crazy reach.


Yeah. Also… if you want high upside high school guys, you have to have the stomach for busts and lots of them. What’s the hit rate for a high schooler in the 2nd round? 5%?


I think it’s higher than his contact rate.


That he was in Hahn’s copy of BP is only SOP for this disfunctional org, not a vindication.
I don’t know what difference there is between crazy reach and bad pick.
I have to question any assessments this org did where it either missed the significant swing and miss in his game or didn’t care. They then paid him $700k overslot to boot.
This ended up being just a bad pick, compare that to the year before where they threw the rest of the draft away on a bad pick they overslotted $2 Mil.


I don’t really understand the kvetching here. They took two lefty-hitting HS shortstops with their first two picks in ‘21. Neither was taken at a place in the draft wildly out of step with public rankings. One looks like a real stud; the other a total bust. Kinda par for the course with high school hitters.

If they had a draft like that every year— 50% hit rate on first two round HSers— they’d be doing fantastic. You don’t care about the dude who busts each year if you’re adding a dude who pops into the global top 50 prospects within a year of drafting.

Torpedo Jones

+1 to this. Kath looks like a bust, but plenty of 2nd round picks are. My point about the prospect rankings is that it’s likely some other team would’ve taken Kath within a round of the Sox taking him. That doesn’t fix the fact that Kath is a bust, but he wasn’t a reach. And as a-t notes correctly, that’s how it goes when you’re drafting HS kids.

I’m not defending the Sox drafting and development – just pointing out that the pick seemed like a reasonable one if you’re willing to take the risk.