White Sox Minor Keys: July 26, 2023

Regions Field in Birmingham (Jim Margalus)

The White Sox just acquired a catcher drawing a ton of walks at Double-A in Edgar Quero, even though they could’ve said they already have that guy at home.

Adam Hackenberg has been that guy lately, at least. He’s quietly hitting .280/.386/.391 on the season for Birmingham, including a .292/.460/.479 line in July on the strength of 11 walks against 13 strikeouts over 63 plate appearances.

That’s “quietly” for a couple reasons. He posted a sub-.700 OPS at Winston-Salem in 2022, and followed it up with a sluggish April. Also, he’s a little lacking in the impact contact, with just 15 extra-base hits over 65 games, and while his arm isn’t considered a negative, he’s had an uphill battle between the runner-friendly rules and an underwater Barons pitching staff.

Still, he hadn’t really defined himself in any way offensively before this season, so leading with improved plate discipline is an excellent choice. Also, Hackenberg played some first base on Wednesday, but that’s because Luis Mieses injured his shoulder in a collision after a throw.

Durham 13, Charlotte 5

  • Lenyn Sosa went 1-for-5 with his 14th homer and a strikeout.
  • Carlos Pérez returned to Triple-A, going 1-for-4.

Biloxi 5, Birmingham 4

  • Terrell Tatum went 0-for-3 with two walks and a strikeout.
  • Alsander Womack, 1-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Luis Mieses went 1-for-3 with a K before leaving with the shoulder injury.
  • Yoelqui Céspedes went 1-for4- with a double and two strikeouts.
  • Adam Hackenberg, 1-for-4 with a homer and a strikeout.
  • Cristian Mena: 5 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 2 WP

Greensboro 7, Winston-Salem 6

  • Jacob Burke went 2-for-3 with a walk and an HBP.
  • Colson Montgomery singled twice, walked once and struck out twice.
  • Wilfred Veras went 1-for-4 with a strikeout and an HBP.
  • Loidel Chapelli, 1-for-4 with a double and a strikeout.
  • Andrew Dalquist as the Bulk Boy: 2.2 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 1 WP

Kannapolis 5, Delmarva 3

  • Brooks Baldwin went 1-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base.
  • Shane Murphy: 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

ACL White Sox 6, ACL Mariners 5

  • Eddie Park went 2-for-4 with a walk and two stolen bases.
  • Jacob Gonzalez was 0-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Ryan Burrowes and Calvin Harris both were 1-for-4 with two strikeouts.
  • Ronny Hernandez was 1-for-3 with a double and a walk.
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knoxfire30

Tim Elko 2-4 with a bomb. 933 ops

Wayne

I get he is “older”, doesn’t have pedigree/name, and strikes out too much as a R/R 1B/DH. But his approach is much better this year, and let him hit until he can’t. Maybe he makes it to quad A level 1B/DH on the shuttle. Maybe he struggles before that. Maybe he is a late bloomer and his new approach sticks up the levels.

GrinnellSteve

In the ACL Calvin Harris threw out both runners who tried to steal on him last night.

knoxfire30

Wonder where they assign Harris now after all the dust settles… id imagine he has to go to A ball at some point right?

Would quero go to AA, push Hackenberg to AAA maybe? Assuming Perez rejoins the big club after Grandal is traded at the deadline….

HallofFrank

I really hope they give Sosa a look after the deadline. He, Perez, and Colas should be the starters at their respective positions for the final two months. Why not see what you have?

Wayne

Perez in MLB; Xavier Fernández up to AAA to see how he does there. Hackenberg and Quero at AA getting time. Evaluate the catchers!

HallofFrank

It’d also be nice to see Jose Rodriguez in AAA. He’s almost at 800 PA in AA. At this rate, maybe we’ll see him in Chicago in early 2026.

BenwithVen

I agree, if the plan is compete in 2024 like people are saying, they really need to see what they have. No point in giving deadweight like Andrus and Sheets more than a start or 2 a week.

upnorthsox

Does Sheets make it thru the deadline? Does Andrus make it past Aug. 2nd? My guess is both are highly doubtful.

soxygen

If Andrus makes it past August 2nd it will be because the org is guilty of roster mismanagement.

huisj

Charlotte team ERA for the season now at 6.49 (and seemingly climbing nightly). That’s truly an amazing accomplishment.

Doug

Why not move Adam Hackenberg up to AAA and have Edgar Quero in AA? (OK, maybe Edgar Quero should be in High A). That way Hackenberg might start showing some power and give us false hope! The AA games I watched seemed to show that Hackenberg can block pitches in the dirt and he can jump to catch pitches that are wild. Not sure if he can call a game, he looks to the dugout before calling a pitch.