White Sox Minor Keys: June 1, 2022

The good news is the White Sox would’ve had no pressing need for Konnor Pilkington. The bad news is that Cleveland is making good use of him.

The Sox sent their third-round pick from the 2018 draft to the Guardians for César Hernández at last year’s deadline. While Hernández flamed out, Pilkington is turning in early positive results, including his first MLB victory with eight strikeouts over five shutout innings against Kansas City on Wednesday.

Pilkington’s stock was dependent on his velocity, which sagged into the high-80s during his time at Mississippi State. The White Sox nursed him back to acceptable over his time in the organization, but he seems to have taken the next step. His four-seamer averaged 93.3 mph, which is why he could throw it two-thirds of the time (60 of 91 pitches). The question is whether a foundering Royals team made him look better than he is, but given the price paid, Cleveland will happily take production in whatever form.

Memphis 14, Charlotte 0

  • Romy Gonzalez struck out in both at-bats before departing. We’ll see if it’s a recurrence of his leg injury, or whether it was the 10-0 score being an opportunity to take it easy on him.
  • Eloy Jiménez went 1-for-4 as DH.
  • Yolbert Sánchez, 2-for-4 with a double.
  • Carlos Pérez was 0-for-3 with an HBP.
  • Adam Haseley cooled off: 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
  • Kade McClure in relief: 1.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

Birmingham 14, Tennessee 5

  • José Rodríguez went 2-for-6 with a double, stolen base and two strikeouts.
  • Lenyn Sosa was 3-for-6 with two doubles and a strikeout.
  • Yoelqui Céspedes, 3-for-5 with a homer, two doubles and an HBP. A CS was the only blemish.
  • Jason Bilous starting in the second inning: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HR.

Highlights:

*Céspedes’ big night:

Winston-Salem 1, Greenville 0

  • Oscar Colás returned to the lineup, tripling and tripling up on strikeouts.
  • Bryan Ramos was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.
  • Luis Mieses, 0-for-3.
  • Adam Hackenberg went 0-for-1 with two walks.
  • Matthew Thompson: 5.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 2 K, 2 HBP

Kannapolis 7, Augusta 6

  • Wes Kath was 1-for-4 with a walk and two strikeouts.
  • Colson Montgomery raised his average to .300 with a 3-for-3 night, with a double, two singles and a sac fly.
  • DJ Gladney went 1-for-4 with a homer and two strikeouts.
  • Wilfred Veras, 0-for-4 with a K.
  • James Beard had his first big game in a while, going 3-for-4 with a homer.

Highlights:

*Montgomery’s big night:

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Jim Margalus

Writing about the White Sox for a 16th season, first here, then at South Side Sox, and now here again. Let’s talk curling.

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chipporter

Should we rename him, Cesar “big game” Hernandez, then?

GrinnellSteve

At the time of the trade I figured Pilkington was someone the Sox would never turn into more than a Jimmy Lambert type, but Cleveland could expect to see him get Cy Young votes.

Torpedo Jones

Same here. As soon as Cleveland acquired Pilkington, his stock went way up. They know how to produce legit major league starting pitchers and the White Sox…well…generally don’t.

GrinnellSteve

He fits the profile of pitchers they have success developing.

Greg Nix

Montgomery’s angling for a promotion. .364/.455/.582 in 15 games since he came back from injury.

itaita

I was expecting him to sit there till the draft and spots will need to be opened for people down in Kanny. Same with maybe Colas moving up a tick as well.

Also i was lamenting the offense again and remembered about a month ago that the Yankees might be looking to deal Gallo in a “Its just not working with the Yankees” type move that happens from time to time. What kind of price would he be to possibly come here? Or are the numbers too alaming and residual flavor of Adam Dunn perhaps too recent to want to make that jump.

soxfan

If you’re looking to trade with the Yankees, I hear Donaldson may not be happy with the clubhouse.

Greg Nix

If you’re asking me, I’d maybe try to swap Pollock or Leury for Gallo but probably isn’t worth giving up any half-decent prospect given the depth of his struggles.

soxfan

How much movement should we expect midseason? During the rebuild we’d have plenty of expendable guys on the 26- and/or 40-man rosters to make room at the top and move deserving folks up a level. Now that the 26-man roster is full-ish, who’s at risk in the AA or AAA level to make room for Montgomery or Colas or whoever to move up?

Greg Nix

The Sox have plenty of expendable guys in the minors to shift around. Way too many, some might say.

ParisSox

You might say Colas struck out thrice