White Sox Minor Keys: Sept. 24, 2023

First Horizon Ballpark in Nashville

Instead of watching the White Sox slog their way to their first series victory in 12 tries, I went to the Nashville Sounds game to bid farewell to the minor league season.

The Charlotte Knights were able to wrap up their season with a win, so they finished the season at 52-96. The Arizona Fall League begins next week. In between, I’ll be finishing up the affiliate season reviews while waiting for Baseball America to post the gory details of the organizational win-loss records.

Memphis 7, Charlotte 3 (Saturday)

  • José Rodríguez went 2-for-4 with a homer and a strikeout.
  • Adam Hackenberg and Oscar Colás both were 0-for-4 with a K.
  • Yoelqui Céspedes went 2-for-4 with a strikeout, and was caught stealing.

Charlotte 8, Memphis 2 (Sunday)

  • José Rodríguez went 2-for-5.
  • Adam Hackenberg, 1-for-5.
  • Yoelqui C’éspedes went 1-for-4.
  • Nick Nastrini was perfect: 5 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 49 of 69 pitches for strikes.


*Nastrini used his fastball for 40 of 69 pitches, according to Statcast.

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Nick Nastrini, March 30, 2024 starter against Detroit.

Alfornia Jones

TA has zero on-base skills outside of his BA, and his slugging % is less than anything Ozzie Guillen posted in a full season. At best he is good for playing 75% of the games.

If this were a good organization declining is a no-brainer since they have three inhouse solutions who can easily put up a sub-.600 OPS, and -1.5WAR for less than $4million total. He has no trade value otherwise he would already be gone, 2 or 3 months of a dead cat bounce won’t fix his OBP or subpar defense either. Free TA now.


Well, I honestly forgot AAA was still going on, not that it means much for the Sox. Charlotte was my least watched affiliate because it was borderline abuse in the 2nd half, but at least Nastrini looked fine. Thanks for the updates on the system this season. It was a miserable one all around but the A affiliates had some intrigue at least?