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The White Sox couldn’t get Tatis lightning to strike twice, as the organization released Elijah Tatis, younger brother of Fernando Tatis Jr., this week.
To the extent that Elijah Tatis ever peaked, it’s when he hit .187/.300/.213 over 25 games in the DSL as a 17-year-old. The speed and plate discipline numbers (13 walks against 16 strikeouts) were mildly intriguing, but his experience stateside quickly eliminated hope. He hit just .117/.160/.162 over 163 plate appearances with the ACL White Sox, including 19 strikeouts against zero walks over 41 PAs this year.
Tatis received a $500,000 signing bonus as part of the 2019-20 international period, but Marco Paddy’s signing class is otherwise faring OK, as it also included Yolbert Sánchez ($2.5 million), Cristian Mena ($250K) and Wilfred Veras ($200K).
Tatis was one of five players released by the Sox:
- Romy Gonzalez finally cooled off, going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
- Yolbert Sánchez went 1-for-4.
- Jake Burger and Adam Haseley both were 1-for-4 with a strikeout.
- Weird game for Carlos Pérez, who walked once and struck out thrice.
- Vince Velasquez: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K
- José Rodríguez went 1-for-3 with a double, two walks and a strikeout.
- Oscar Colás was 2-for-4 with his seventh homer, a walk and a strikeout.
- Yoelqui Céspedes, 1-for-5 with a strikeout.
- Sean Burke with his best start since June: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K, 52 of 68 pitches for strikes.
- Luke Shilling had an odd Double-A debut: 1 IP, 0 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, and a blown save.
Colas tacks on one more with his 7th bomb with the Barons 💣 pic.twitter.com/3JqeVSKvjN— Birmingham Barons (@BhamBarons) August 11, 2022
- Colson Montgomery went 1-for-3 with a double and a walk.
- Bryan Ramos, 0-for-3 with an HBP.
- Luis Mieses was 0-for-4.
- Adam Hackenberg was 0-for-3 with a walk.
- Wes Kath went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts.
- DJ Gladney singled twice and struck out twice.
- Wilfred Veras was 1-for-4 with a three-run homer.
- Kohl Simas: 4.1 IP, 1 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 6 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 41 of 80 pitches for strikes.
*This series features Kohl Simas playing against his brother Karson, and MiLB.com has a story on them.