White Sox Minor Keys: Aug. 26, 2021

Jose Rodriguez wore a cap and gown before the Winston-Salem Dash’s game against the Hudson Valley Renegades, not because he recently graduated from Kannapolis, but because he and teammate Edgar Navarro had recently graduated from high school.

He then spent the evening getting me up to speed in my first time seeing him in person.

Rodriguez went 2-for-5 during a very active night. He slashed singles in his first two trips, one through the right side, then one through the left. He tried stealing second on a fly ball the first time he reached, then converted on an opportunity to run by swiping that bag later. He completed that journey around the bases by taking third on a fly to right, then scoring on wild pitch.

His last two trips showed the downside of such an active approach. He struck out on breaking balls low and away with Caberea Weaver on third, although one of those sliders escaped the catcher and allowed Weaver to score. He also grounded into a double play on a 1-0 count in his fifth and final plate appearance.

Still, Rodriguez is hitting .357/.377/.482 over his first 14 games with the Dash, so he’s setting the tempo more than he’s forcing things. He also made a great diving catch on a hooked liner to end the fourth, which was his only real test on a game that featured a lot of fly balls.

Given that he’s only 20 years old, his season has been a wild success no matter what happens from here. If the last couple weeks of the season with Winston-Salem don’t slow him down, his season-starting assignment in 2022 will be one one of the more fascinating ones to follow.

Charlotte 9, Durham 2

  • Billy Hamilton went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts.
  • Yasmani Grandal was ejected after a strikeout in his only trip.
  • Jake Burger went 1-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Gavin Sheets was 1-for-2 with a double and two walks.
  • Blake Rutherford went off: 3-for-4 with two homers, a double and five RBIs.
  • Romy Gonzalez went 1-for-3 with a homer, walk, strikeout and stolen base.
  • Evan Marshall made a rehab appearance: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Birmingham 3, Montgomery 0

  • Yoelqui Céspedes went 1-for-2 with a walk and an HBP.
  • Yolbert Sanchez was 1-for-2 with two sac bunts.
  • Carlos Pérez was 0-for-4.

Winston-Salem 11, Hudson Valley 4

  • Jose Rodriguez went 2-for-5 with a stolen base and a strikeout.
  • Luis Mieses was 0-for-3 with a walk and an HBP.
  • Luis Curbelo went 2-for-4 with his 20th homer and 23rd double.
  • Harvin Mendoza went 1-for-4.
  • Caberea Weaver was 1-for-3 with a triple, HBP and a strikeout.

Kannapolis 5, Lynchburg 4

  • Shawn Goosenberg went 1-for-3 with a walk, strikeout and CS.
  • Bryan Ramos snapped an 0-for-35 skid by going 3-for-4 with a double.
  • DJ Gladney was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.
  • Misael Gonzalez singled twice, walked and struck out.
  • James Beard went 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Wilber Sanchez was 1-for-4 with two strikeouts.
  • Sean Burke’s A-ball debut: 2 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K

ACL Royals Blue 5, ACL White Sox 1

  • Wilfred Veras and Benyamin Bailey both were 1-for-3 with a walk and a stirkeout.
  • Wes Kath and Cam Butler both wore collars and silver sombreros.
  • Cristian Mena: 4 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K.

DSL Padres 7, DSL White Sox 6

  • Manuel Guariman went 1-for-5.
  • Victor Quezada went 2-for-3 with a homer and a walk.
  • Carlos Jimenez went 2-for3- with a double and a walk.
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knoxfire30

Ok I will bite, I’m now in on Romy Gonzalez, he really is starting to be something we have to keep an eye on.

jhomeslice

I don’t know anything about his defense, but he has to be a better hitter than Mendick, and is certainly in a good groove. If he isn’t a horrible fielder, I hope we see him up soon, why not.

ParisSox

Call him up

Brett R. Bobysud

Have to think Rodriguez is gonna end up at Birmingham at some point next season, which would be real impressive for his age.

Question is, does he start the year there, or do they give him a bit at Winston-Salem to potentially start the year on a high?

DuckSnorting-CanofCorn

Hopefully Grandal knows something we don’t about returning to Chicago. Otherwise, getting thrown out after one plate appearance is fairly moronic in a rehab minor league game.

md03

Hopefully he knew he had a flight to catch or something, going out with a bang.

ParisSox

That was my first thought. He thought, F this, I’m outta here.

As Cirensica

Jose Rodriguez is one of my favorite prospects the White Sox have, and I believe next year he will be ranked in our top 10. Probably in the top 5. I believe he and Romy were the main reason Hahn didn’t sweat to give Madrigal away.

mikeyb

Not to mention Yolbert Sanchez has elite upside defensively for a 2nd baseman, and his bat has been impressive so far as well. A strong finish this year from Hernandez, followed by an average or better year next year, then replace him with one of those 3 guys? Hahn will have to be extremely happy with that outcome from that trade.

metasox

Is Yolbert considered only a 2B at this point? Otherwise, elite 2B defense could just be Yolmer

Brett R. Bobysud

Not yet, it doesn’t seem like.

He had 34 games at 2B with Winston-Salem this season and 24 at SS.

Since he’s been with Birmingham, he’s had 12 games at 2B and 14 at SS.

He’s also played a handful of games at 3B.

Brett R. Bobysud

Romy could very well end up as trade bait this off-season, imo.

dansomeone

Has Blake Rutherford ever hit two homers in one game as a pro?

theSKOT

Yes. He did it last night.

But, last night was his first time hitting 2 dingers in one game as a pro.

Last edited 9 months ago by theSKOT
LamarHoyt_oncrack

If last night wasn’t his last, I don’t think he will have many.

soxfan

He’s now OPSing over .700. Maybe it’s damning with faint praise, but I’m happy to see him trending in the right direction after spending most of the season in the sixes.

GrinnellSteve

Let’s not ignore the accomplishment of Rodriguez and Navarro finishing high school. I don’t know the circumstance of how they did it, but I know these are kids who sign at 16 and 17 and, if they’re good enough, leave their home country and culture. I’m sure with all the distractions of pursuing their dreams, it would be very easy to push education aside.

Bravo to these young men. Now go out and earn so much money playing baseball you never need those diplomas!

Trooper Galactus

I was already super-high on Jose Rodriguez, but learning he was getting his GED while performing like he has just makes it even more impressive. I think he’s the best prospect in the system right now and none of their other prospects has given me reason to think otherwise so far.