White Sox Minor Keys: July 4, 2023

Truist Field in Charlotte
(Laura Wolff / Charlotte Knights)

Colson Montgomery spent 10 games in the Arizona Complex League before getting promoted to Winston-Salem this week. Considering he’d missed the first 2½ months of the season with back injury, it didn’t hurt the White Sox to be thorough. Considering he hit .353/.511/.588 with 11 walks in 10 games, they probably could’ve pulled the trigger a few days earlier, but maybe they didn’t want to subject him to a cross-country flight and a six-hour bus drive.

Either way, Montgomery made his return to the Dash on Tuesday, and looked no worse for the wear and wait. He reached base five times without crossing the plate in Winston-Salem’s 14-inning loss to the Hickory Crawdads. He singled three times in four at-bats during regulation, then was intentionally walked in both the 10th and 12th innings.

If there was any rust, it might’ve been in the field, as Montgomery committed errors in the ninth and 12th innings. He got eaten up by a bad hop on the first one, although he compounded the problem by trying to glove it backhand when he had time to square it up. The second one will make you think he’s been watching too much Tim Anderson while rehabbing, because he rushed his actions trying to get a runner at home on a contact play hit right to him.

He also made a number of handful of fine plays, so maybe he’s just not used to being on the field for four hours.

Jacksonville 14, Charlotte 6

  • Lenyn Sosa homered, walked and struck out thrice.

Birmingham 9, Tennessee 8

  • Terrell Tatum went 0-for-4 with two walks and two strikeouts.
  • José Rodríguez was 2-for-4 with his 11th homer and a sac fly.
  • Bryan Ramos, 1-for-3 with a double, walk, HBP and strikeout.
  • Alsander Womack went 0-for-4 with an HBP.
  • Luis Mieses, 1-for-5.
  • Yoelqui Céspedes had a perfect night, going 3-for-3 with a double and two walks.
  • Adam Hackenberg, 1-for-5 with a strikeout.

Hickory 6, Winston-Salem 4 (14 innings)

  • Jacob Burke went 1-for-5 with a triple, walk and two strikeouts.
  • Colson Montgomery returned to High-A and went 3-for-4 with two walks.
  • Wilfred Veras, 0-for-6 with three strikeouts.
  • DJ Gladney was 1-for-5 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • So was Loidel Chapelli, who stole a base.
  • Jonathan Cannon: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 12 of 21 pitches for strikes.

Notes:

*Cannon was likely limited to two innings because he’s heading to the Futures Game on Saturday.

*The Dash went 3-for-22 with runners in scoring position, but the Crawdads were 3-for-21.

Down East 4, Kannapolis 2

  • Brooks Baldwin went 1-for-3 with a sac bunt and two strikeouts.
  • Shane Murphy: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K

ACL Guardians 11, ACL White Sox 0

  • Ryan Burrowes went 0-for-1.
  • Ronny Hernandez was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
  • Dario Borrero, 0-for-2.

DSL White Sox 3, DSL Padres Gold 2 (7 innings)

  • Abraham Nunez went 1-for-2 with a walk.
  • Rafael Alvarez, 0-for-3 with a K.
  • Juan Uribe Jr. walked twice and struck out once.

MINOR KEYS: July 3, 2023

Editor’s note: I left early to drive up to Chicago and didn’t notice until later on Tuesday that I left the Minor Keys as a draft, and didn’t actually schedule it for publication. So here are those scores:

Fayetteville 8, Kannapolis 7

  • Brooks Baldwin went 1-for-4 with a homer and a strikeout.
  • Tanner McDougal: 1.2 IP, 6 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 1 HBP, 30 of 53 pitches for strikes.

DSL White Sox 21, DSL Pirates Gold 6

  • Stiven Flores went off: 4-for-6 with a walk, three runs scored and five RBIs.
  • Abraham Nunez went off: 4-for-6 with a double, sac fly, two runs scored and four RBIs.
  • Juan Uribe Jr. was 0-for-3 with three walks.
  • Luis Reyes finally showed some $700K stuff: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K

Charlotte at Norfolk, PPD
Birmingham vs. Rocket City, PPD

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