White Sox Minor Keys: June 18, 2019

Luis Robert finished the first half with a slump, but breaking out of it on Tuesday night won him an award.

Robert was named the Southern League All-Star Game MVP for making the most of his three at-bats. He doubled, tripled and nearly homered before calling it a night, and here’s video of the triple:

It was a well-timed performance for the MLB Pipeline crew, in the event that anybody was wondering how Robert jumped to No. 5 in their updated Top 100 list.

Syracuse 4, Charlotte 3 (10 innings)

  • Jon Jay went 1-for-3 with a double before leaving the game.
  • Joel Booker replaced him and struck out in both plate appearances.
  • Daniel Palka went 3-for-5 with a double.
  • Seby Zavala was 3-for-5, all singles.
  • Danny Mendick went 1-for-5 with a double and a strikeout.

Southern League North 7, Southern League South 3

  • Luis Robert broke out of his slump by going 2-for-3 with a triple and a double, winning the game’s MVP award.
  • Yermin Mercedes singled and struck out.

Carolina League North 8, Carolina League South 7

  • Jameson Fisher walked and struck out.
  • Cohoes’ Zach Remillard went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts.
  • John Parke: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
  • Will Kincanon: 0.2 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 0 K

Sally League North 6, Sally League South 2

  • Ian Dawkins went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts.
  • Johan Dominguez: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K

Great Falls 8, Billings 7 (11 innings)

  • Cabera Weaver had a rough one, going 0-for-7 with four strikeouts.
  • Kelvin Maldonado went 1-for-3 with a double, walk and strikeout.
  • Luis Mises, 2-for-6 with a double and a strikeout.
  • Harvin Mendoza was 1-for-5 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Lency Delgado, 0-for-4 with a walk, two strikeouts and a sac bunt.
  • Anderson Comas went 2-for-6 with two strikeouts.
  • Sam Abbott, 2-for-3 with three walks.
  • Camilo Quinteiro was 0-fr-4 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Dan Metzdorf: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K

AZL Dodgers2 7, AZL White Sox 3

  • James Beard singled twice, struck out twice and was picked off.
  • Harold Diaz and Sidney Pimentel were 1-for-4 with two strikeouts.
  • Bryan Ramos, 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts.
  • D.J. Gladney tripled, and tripled up on strikeouts.
  • Anthony Coronado went 1-for-2 with two walks.
  • Misael Gonzalez went 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts.
  • Yoelvin Silven: 3 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K

DSL White Sox 13, DSL Padres 9

  • Wilber Sanchez went 1-for-4 with a walk.
  • Anthony Espinoza, 2-for-4 with a homer, a walk and a strikeout.
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Ok, it’s time for Robert to move up. He’s terrorized the Southern League enough. And it’s also time to bring up Cease. I don’t think anyone wants to see Despaigne pitch in Texas this weekend.


Agreed, but I do think that there at least nine Rangers who would be perfectly content to see Despaigne pitch this weekend. Rather than call up Cease and have him debut there, I would really like to see the Sox follow Jim’s pleas for an experiment with an opener. That would seem to be the prudent move for the moment.


After Cease’s rough couple outings, here is an update on his season long stats:

12 games started, 57.2 IP (Averaging 4.2 IP per start), 4.37 ERA, 1.491 WHIP, 2.40 SO/W

These are not great numbers. Evaluations in AAA are harder than ever because of the new balls, and I’m certainly not saying to give up on Cease or anything. He should be here at some time this year.

But I guess maybe the org knew more than we thought when they held him back. Cease has never thrown more than 124 IP in a year, this is his first year in AAA. Assuming he bounced back after these rough 2 starts, I think we’ll see him mid July. I’m gonna go aheasd and Guess Monday July 22 against Miami. If they want to start him at home this will be their best shot unless they want to throw him to the wolves and the Twins lol.


But what is he going to gain by pitching in AAA with a juiced ball and a defense much worse than the one in Chicago? If you’re going to bring him up in July, why not now? Is there ANY reason to wait?


It’s time for Cease, Robert and Mercedes move on up.

Brett R. Bobysud

Considering the slump Robert’s been in at Birmingham over his last 10 games or so, I’d pump the breaks on a call up.

Let’s let him break out of this slump and call him up when he’s on a high.

Josh Nelson

So. . . in two weeks?

Brett R. Bobysud

I personally wouldn’t care if they called him up then, but I get the feeling it’ll be later in the season, maybe August at the earliest.