White Sox Minor Keys: July 10, 2021

Eloy Jiménez’s rehab stint starts at the right time for a few reasons. There’s the obvious part of him helping a White Sox lineup, but he also can slide seamlessly into the DH role with Winston-Salem because Yoelqui Céspedes is in Denver for the Futures Game, which takes place at 2 p.m. CT today on MLB Network.

In the meantime, Jiménez wasted no time laying waste to High-A pitching, going 2-for-4 with this bullet homer in the front end of the Dash’s doubleheader with Hickory on Saturday.

Jacksonville 6, Charlotte 5 (11 innings)

  • Blake Rutherford went 2-for-6.
  • Yermín Mercedes was 1-for-4 with a double, walk and strikeout.
  • Luis González was 1-for-5 with a strikeout.
  • Ti’Quan Forbes went 1-for-4 with an HBP and two strikeouts.

Biloxi 6, Birmingham 5

  • Romy Gonzalez was 0-for-5 with two strikeouts.
  • Carlos Pérez went 3-for-4 with a homer.
  • Blake Battenfield: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Winston-Salem 9, Hickory 6 (Game 1, 7 innings)

  • Yolbert Sanchez went 2-for-3 with a double and a walk.
  • Eloy Jiménez went 2-for-4 with a homer in his first game rehabbing.
  • Lenyn Sosa was 0-for-4 with a strikeout.
  • Luis Curbelo went 1-for-3 with a homer and a strikeout.

Hickory 8, Winston-Salem 7 (Game 2, 8 innings)

  • Lenyn Sosa went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts.
  • Yolbert Sanchez was 0-for-4 with a strikeout.
  • Luis Curbelo, 1-for-4 with a K.

Fredericksburg 3, Kannapolis 2 (Game 1, 7 innings)

  • Jose Rodriguez went 0-for-3 with a stolen base.
  • Bryan Ramos went 0-for-2 with an HBP, but was caught stealing.
  • Luis Mieses and Harvin Mendoza both were 0-for-3.
  • Caberea Weaver had half of the Ballers’ hits by going 1-for-3, with a stolen base and a strikeout.
  • Harvin Mendoza went 0-for-3.
  • Chase Krogman, 0-for-2 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Andrew Dalquist: 4.2 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 1 K

Fredericksburg 4, Kannapolis 3 (Game 2, 7 innings)

  • Jose Rodriguez went 1-for-4 with a homer.
  • Bryan Ramos was 1-for-3 with a double and a walk.
  • Luis Mieses was 0-for-3 with a walk.
  • Harvin Mendoza went 2-for-4.
  • Chase Krogman was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and a stolen base.
  • James Beard, 0-for-2 with a walk and a strikeout.


*Rodriguez turned around 92 for his homer.

ACL Dodgers 7, ACL White Sox 0 (5 innings, lightning)

  • Wilber Sanchez went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.
  • Anthony Espinoza singled and struck out twice.
  • Logan Glass was 0-for-2.
  • Benyamin Bailey went 0-for-2 with a strikeout.
  • Wilfred Veras doubled and walked.
  • Jared Kelley resurfaced: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, 1 HR, 1 WP
  • Ronald Guzman: 1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 2 WP
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Kelley has seemed like exactly the kind of prospect who would have benefitted from a chance to pitch in Great Falls.

Seeing him get shelled in the ACL does make you wonder whether he’ll be able to establish any consistent success in Low-A before the end of 2022.

As Cirensica

Jose Rodriguez should be placed in the list of non-tradeable prospect.


So how long does Eloy’s rehab stint last? Ordinarily, I’d say let him take his time, but if he’s going to be DH only in Chicago, does he really need more than a week? Get the timing of pitching down, play in the OF a couple of games, and what else does he need? I suppose if he struggles, then I’d keep him down longer, but it doesn’t seem like that will be the case…


I’m sure given how long he has been out and what he is recovering from, they are going to give him at least 2 or maybe 3 weeks. I’d love to see him sooner but that just seems more realistic than a week. I hope they use him at DH only, seems best way to keep him healthy and safe.

Right Size Wrong Shape

He’s playing LF today.


Seems like inviting disaster. His history of injuries in LF more than bad luck, he has very poor sense of his surroundings. Vaughn is at least his equal defensively, whether he or Eloy DH’s does not matter aside from likelihood of injury.

I think they should do what’s best for the team, not Eloy’s preference. This spring after his injury someone on ESPN radio said he was a danger to himself and others out there. Seems exactly right. They have to learn their lesson with him at some point.


You might be right but I’m asking: why? If they were planning on him coming back at LF, I would get a multi-week rehab. But if he’s just swinging the bat, it seems like all he needs is to get his timing back. And if he’s hitting home runs already, I think his timing will be just fine by Friday.


As RSWS noted, he is playing LF today. With an error already.

I just don’t see the point of putting him out there, risking him getting hurt yet again. I had thoughts they should DH him before he even got hurt this spring for that reason. Vaughn is better defensively anyway. Eloy had several injuries or near injuries running into stuff before this year. It’s not his fielding that is a disaster, but his risk to himself. Will it take yet another injury for them to realize maybe he does not belong out there?

Greg Nix

Eloy’s jersey game is in midseason form.