White Sox Arizona Fall League Update: Colson Montgomery finds his power

Glendale Desert Dogs, White Sox affiliate of the Arizona Fall League

There’s seldom ever a reason to defend Kenny Williams — at least the Kenny Williams of the Late-Stage White Sox — but you can understand why he wanted to add a real-deal pitching prospect to the farm system at the trade deadline, even if it cost them Jake Burger.

Ideally, you’d want that pitching prospect to be fully functional, or close to it. Failing that, you’d at least want the principal members of your front office all agreeing on trading Burger for Jake Eder in the first place. Williams accomplished neither, which is why you shouldn’t feel sorry for him.

But MLB Pipeline announced its hitting and pitching prospects of the year for each team, and while the position player isn’t a shocker …

Jacob Burke, OF (No. 20)
In his first full pro season, Burke hit .294/.392/.439 with 19 steals in 85 games between Single-A and High-A.

… I didn’t see the selection for top pitcher coming.

Tyler Schweitzer, LHP (No. 25)
More efficient than overpowering, Schweitzer made a strong pro debut that included a system-best 3.94 ERA and 121 strikeouts in 107 1/3 innings at two Class A levels.

The problem with Schweitzer is that that 3.94 ERA wasn’t meted out evenly between those two levels. He indeed overmatched hitters with Kannapolis, but when he received a promotion to Winston-Salem, they gave him a far harder time.

  • Kannapolis: 67.2 IP, 62 H, 31 R, 29 ER, 5 HR, 21 BB, 76 K
  • Winston-Salem: 39.2 IP, 32 H, 23 R, 18 ER, 5 HR, 24 BB, 45 K

Considering didn’t pitch in pro ball last year after the White Sox took him in the fifth round and he spent the entire season as a 22-year-old, the performance is … fine. But if you’re weighing for prospect status or draft pedigree, I’d probably give Cristian Mena’s season the nod, even if it disappointed a little bit in terms of run prevention. If you’re mostly disregarding reputation, then Mason Adams had the best season of any pitcher in the Sox farm system, posting a 3.14 ERA with 125 strikeouts against 29 walks over three levels.

Whichever route you choose, the competition is far from fierce, which makes it understandable why the Sox targeted so much pitching at the trade deadline. But Eder was acquired after the Sox traded for Nick Nastrini, Ky Bush and Juan Carela, so the trade felt a little superfluous, especially if only one person wanted to make it happen.

Arizona Fall League update

Colson Montgomery’s second week in the AFL was far more productive than his first, including three homers over two games.

That prompted a second MLB.com story of the season by Ben Weinrib on Friday, and this one had far more to write about:

What made the roundtrippers even more impressive is that he stayed patient in his approach, fouled off pitches and kept his A-swing with two strikes to pounce on pitches low and over the plate

“I just kind of try and see the ball as deep as I can and when I got two strikes, I’m trying to be as early as I can,” Montgomery said. “So if anything, I can foul off some pitches or whatever. So, and it just so happened that through breaking balls that I just caught out front and I’ve been, I’ve been trying to catch some breaking balls out front for the past week now. So it feels good to finally do that.”

The season stats for the White Sox’s delegates on the Glendale Desert Dogs are below:

Colson Montgomery: 9-for-36, 3 HR, 1 3B, 0 BB, 11 K, .250/.250/.556

Jacob Burke: 8-for-36, 1 HR, 1 2B, 6 BB, 15 K, 2/2 SB, .222/.364/.333

Bryan Ramos: 8-for-40, 2 2B, 2 BB, 10 K, .200/.238/.250

Jake Eder: 6.1 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 HR, 4 BB, 6 K

Josimar Cousin: 5 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 2 HR, 5 BB, 7 K

Jordan Leasure: 3 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 HR, 1 BB, 5 K

Fraser Ellard: 3 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 HR, 0 BB, 2 K

Adisyn Coffey: 2.1 IP, 3 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 HR, 5 BB, 3 K

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Is there a feel for whether the AFL favors pitchers over hitters, or vice versa? Or whether the pitching prospects are more advanced than hitters?

Last edited 1 month ago by WestEddy

At least we’re emulating a competitive organization, the Baltimore Orioles. All hitting, no pitching and a whack job owner.

Yolmer's gatorade

A good showing from Montgomery could end Tim Anderson’s time with the White Sox. Monty seems ready.


I’d like to see him play some baseball above AA before I put that stamp on him. The transition from AA to the majors has been one that Sox hitters have had real problems making.

Patrick Nolan

Tim Anderson did a fine job of ending it himself.


I wonder how much TA’s off the field problems bled over to his on the field performance?

And, if so, can an offseason get his head right?


I remember reading somewhere once that the average time on a MLB home run trot is 22 seconds. It seems that Montgomery is often 30 seconds plus, though he probably would have been closer to 24 on the third video posted here. I mention this only because I have been worrying about his health this year when I watch him drag himself around the bases.

Last edited 1 month ago by soxygen
Right Size Wrong Shape

You timed his home run trot?


Hey, he’s a White Sox fan in October, what else has he got to do?


I had him at an average of 26.3 seconds this season. To say that he is often 30 plus comes close to being a slanderous lie. Although I leave room for the possibility of your watch being fast, or mine being slow.


Why is this story listed as a podcast?

Chip Ramsey

Who is calling the game? Did they just pluck someone out of the stands and sit them behind a microphone? Awful.