White Sox Minor Keys: Aug. 23, 2023

White Sox pitching prospect Norge Vera
Norge Vera (Jim Margalus / Sox Machine)

Norge Vera made his return to the Winston-Salem Dash at Bowling Green Ballpark in Kentucky on Wednesday night, but it was hard to call it long-awaited. Vera only made two appearances with the Dash back in April, and both were disasters:

  • April 12: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 1 K, 12 of 32 pitches for strikes
  • April 19: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 11 of 24 pitches for strikes

He then went on the injured list, and didn’t return to action until the end of July in the Arizona Complex League. Vera is 23, has struggled to stay healthy, and when he’s been able to take the mound, he hasn’t had his best stuff in over a calendar year.

And it was more of the same on Wednesday night. Vera worked 90-93 with his fastball, and 80-82 with his breaking balls, and nothing he threw was particularly effective. He threw 43 pitches and failed to get a single whiff.

That put pressure on his defense, which failed him on a couple of occasions. Mario Camilletti, playing his second game at Winston-Salem and his first game at left field, immediately played a double into a triple by thinking a ball was going to kick off the sidewall, only to keep bounding along it all the way into the corner. In the second, Caberea Weaver had a single clank off his wrist as he looked to prevent a runner from going from first to third. Not only did the guy who hit the single take second, but the runner who went from first to third made it all the way home, because Loidel Chapelli didn’t know where to go with the ball once he handled the throw in from Weaver. You can understand why the Jerry Reinsdorf thinks Chris Getz perfected player development, and now needs new worlds to conquer.

But those only cost him bases, not outs. For the evening, Vera allowed three runs (two earned) on three hits and two walks over 1 2/3 innings, striking out none. That gives him eight walks against three strikeouts over three innings in Winston-Salem this year. Whether you’re looking at the numbers or the performances, it’s easy to understand how he fell out of both the MLB.com and Baseball America top-30 White Sox prospects lists.

Charlotte 4, Memphis 3

  • Seby Zavala was 0-for-2 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Adam Hackenberg replaced him, striking out, then delivering the walk-off single.
  • Jordan Leasure: 1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 20 of 34 pitches for strikes.

Birmingham 4, Rocket City 3

  • José Rodríguez went 1-for-5 with a double and two strikeouts.
  • Colson Montgomery singled thrice and struck out twice.
  • Bryan Ramos wore the silver sombrero during and 0-for-5 night.
  • Wilfred Veras went 2-for-4 with a double, walk, strikeout and stolen base.
  • Edgar Quero was 1-for-2 with a two-run homer and two walks.
  • Tim Elko singled thrice and struck out once.
  • Yoelqui Céspedes wore the collar and a silver sombrero.
  • Terrell Tatum, 1-for-4 with a strikeout.
  • Two in a row for Nick Nastrini: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 55 of 84 pitches for strikes.
  • Jared Kelley: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Bowling Green 8, Winston-Salem 3

  • Loidel Chapelli was 1-for-4 with a double, walk and two strikeouts.
  • Brooks Baldwin was 1-for-5 with two strikeouts and a stolen base.
  • Norge Vera: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 24 of 43 pitches for strikes.

Myrtle Beach 3, Kannapolis 2

  • Rikuu Nishida went 1-for-3 with a walk. He was also caught stealing.
  • Jacob Gonzalez, 0-for-3 with a walk.
  • Calvin Harris struck out thrice during an 0-for-4 night.
  • Jordan Sprinkle, 1-for-4 with a homer and a strikeout.
  • Aldrin Batista: 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
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O Captain, My Captain!!!!!


Any thoughts on Gonzalez? It is early, but I was under the impression he was fairly advanced and might put up a better line from the start

Last edited 26 days ago by JazznFunk

Hasn’t shown much power, actually not much at all offense wise.

Looking thru the list, no one drafted this year has shined offensively. Still early but you usually get a couple.


No one from the draft has pitched particularly well either. No one has thrown more than 10 IP either so still early but it would be nice to have something to hang a hat on.


Wolkow. Held his own and reassigned to Kanny at age 17

Last edited 26 days ago by JazznFunk

So So, missed his assignment to Kanny, good.


I will judge him next season.

As Cirensica

I was reading something Keith Law put together in reference to KW and RH firings, and he said that scouting reports are not that great.


what reports? From them? about them? To them? About Sox prospects?

Right Size Wrong Shape

Just in general. Keith Law is anti-scouting report. The next wave in prospect evaluation is to judge a player solely by the firmness of his handshake.


I feel really optimistic about our chances to come close to having a .500 record at least once in the next several seasons.


And we’ll be able to talk to the animals, Dr Dolittle


So Getz looks like he’s doing a little early fall cleaning. If he really wanted to get my attention (which I’m sure he doesn’t care) He’d do a blitz right now thru the system and clear out all the deadwood. Show he is The Man and wasn’t part of the previous stagnation.


Tony recently scouted the minors in his role as advisor. So expect all the good prospects to be traded soon, because Tony doesn’t like them. Expect Montgomery for Salvador Perez.


He always has in the past. Young prospects like Mark McGwire and Albert Puhols served him quite well.


I’ve been giving this some thought and I’d be up for just to doing a hatchet job. I’d have no problem running with 15 in Charlotte the rest of the way, 20 for sure.
Tyler Naquin
Tyler Neslony
Kean Wong
Laz Rivera
Sebastion Rivero
Erik Gonzalez
Yolbert Sanchez
Stephen Piscotty
Take a list of the pitching staff and throw 8 darts at it. Get rid of what doesn’t get hit.

I’m not even sure if any of these guys are left but:
Duke Ellis
Taylor Snyder
Moises Castillo
Yolqui Cespedes
Tyler Osik
Ben Norman
Take a list of the pitching staff and throw 10 darts at it. Get rid of what doesn’t get hit.

Same problem, I’m not even sure if any of these guys are left but:
Jason Matthews
Taishi Nakawake
Wes Kath
Keegan Fish
Colby Smelley
Andy Atwood
Caberea Weaver
Take a list of the pitching staff and throw 8 darts at it. Get rid of what doesn’t get hit.

I think a blood letting like that would send a pretty loud message through out the org. And those are just the guys cut, the rest goes in to the garage sale in the off season.


Thanks Jim for the recap. Really enjoy how Sox Machine, and Sox content community, is almost acting the defacto “objection” party to Jerry Reinsdorf process. Kind of hope someone is relaying this info to him since its clear he can’t see it for himself owning the team: Getz isnt the answer


You are speaking for a generation. Well, maybe several generations of Sox fans when you write: “You can understand why the Jerry Reinsdorf thinks Chris Getz perfected player development, and now needs new worlds to conquer.”
Nobody with a functioning brain believes Chris Getz is the answer to what ails this organization. If only you could hypnotize Tony to deliver the message to JR.