White Sox Minor Keys: June 26, 2019

Andrew Vaughn is in the fold.

The extremely California-connected Mark Gonzales broke the news this afternoon, saying the White Sox signed him for the third-overall slot value of $7,221,200.

The timing may not be coincidental, as the White Sox open a lengthy homestand against the Twins on Friday, giving Vaughn ample time for a proper Chicago introduction. That was something they were unable to do for Nick Madrigal last year, as the White Sox were on the road between the end of Oregon State’s College World Series run and the signing deadline.

By my calculations, the White Sox have about $1.6 million they can offer third-round pick Andrew Dalquist without going into the penalty, and a max of around $2.1 million if they exceed their draft pool by 5 percent. The third-round slot value is $755,300.

Charlotte 9, Gwinnett 6

  • Daniel Palka went 0-for-2 with three walks.
  • Seby Zavala hit his 12th homer, a sac fly, walked and struck out.
  • Danny Mendick went 1-for-4 with a strikeout and a stolen base.
  • Dylan Covey: 2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 28 strikes out of 45 pitches.

Birmingham 5, Mobile 3

  • Nick Madrigal went 1-for-3 with a walk, and was caught stealing.
  • Luis Gonzalez, 2-for-3 with a walk. He was picked off.
  • Gavin Sheets went 1-for-4 with a grand slam.
  • Blake Rutherford was 2-for-4.
  • Ti’Quan Forbes, 1-for-4 with two strikeouts.
  • Laz Rivera wore the collar.

More:

*The Sheets slam:

Myrtle Beach 7, Winston-Salem 6

  • Steele Walker went 3-for-5 with a double.
  • Carlos Perez, 2-for-4.
  • Konnor Pilkington: 5 IP, 11 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR
  • Tyler Johnson: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Kannapolis 8, Greenville 0

  • Lenyn Sosa went 2-for-5 with a strikeout.
  • Bryce Bush is returning to normal lines, going 1-for-4 with a strikeout.
  • Corey Zangari doubled, singled twice, hit a sac fly and struck out.
  • Romy Gonzalez was 1-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.

DSL Blue Jays 2, DSL White Sox 1

  • Anthony Espinoza went 1-for-4.
  • Benyamin Bailey, 0-for-3 with a walk.
  • Alberto Bernal was 1-for-4 with a strikeout.
  • Cesar Jimenez went 2-for-3.

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MrStealYoBase

Don’t look now but Blake Rutherford is hitting .384 over the last 10 with 5 multi-hit games over the last 8.

Greg Nix

Mr. Steal Your BABIP

Right Size Wrong Shape

I always get nervous when Robert sits the day after a HBP. Is he okay?

Brett R. Bobysud

Is Steele Walker the best OF prospect in the system besides Robert at this point?

PauliePaulie

By default, I suppose.

Brett R. Bobysud

Yeah, he could very well have the same struggles at Birmingham that everybody else has this year, but at this point, we don’t know, so that might be the biggest thing he’s got going for him.

NDSox12

Basabe, Gonzalez and Rutherford all posted similar numbers to Walker’s in Winston-Salem last year. So until Walker or any of those three have success in Birmingham, it is hard to pick a favorite.

jorgefabregas

Something to keep in mind with Walker–he’s almost 23. Pretty much the same age as Adolfo and Basabe and older than Rutherford.

Torpedo Jones

What’s the word on the defensive abilities of our seemingly interchangeable AA outfield prospects? Basabe is a legitimate CF while Rutherford and Adolfo are definitely corner guys, no? I remember hearing people talk up Adolfo’s arm in right but I don’t know a ton about Rutherford’s fielding.

Is Walker playing CF? I recall draft scouting being a bit down on his ability to play CF (but I might be making that up).

PauliePaulie

Adolfo has missed so much OF development time, gained weight and slowed. Publications are leaning DH. Gonzalez is a stretch in CF. Rutherford is a LF. Walker played corner in college in deference to a better defender. There is uncertainty on him, but I do think most lean corner.

Brett R. Bobysud

Walker has played exclusively CF in Winston-Salem.

PauliePaulie

Burdi is listed on the 7 day IL.

DougWW

Again?

PopeDonnPall

Chris Getz literally just said how his last outing was his most encouraging. Mind 90s but touching upper.

ParisSox

Is there any game that Bailey didn’t get on base?

asinwreck

The Sox just posted a couple of analytics positions at Fangraphs:

Position: Baseball Operations Software Engineer

Location: Chicago, IL

Description:
The Chicago White Sox seek an experienced Software Engineer to join their baseball operations group. The engineer will be responsible for building and maintaining data driven systems with a focus on Baseball Analytics, however there will be additional exposure to all facets of baseball operations. This position will report to the Director of Baseball Analytics.

Responsibilities:

Develop data-driven web applications and reports to assist the White Sox front office with player evaluation, arbitration, scouting, and player development.
Manage the integration of new and existing data sources.
Provide operational support.

Position: Baseball Analyst

Description:
The Chicago White Sox seek a passionate, knowledgeable, and dedicated individual with a desire to work in Baseball Operations. The position will focus primarily on the numerical methods that drive Baseball Analytics, however there will be additional exposure to all facets of baseball operations. This position will report to the Director of Baseball Analytics.

Responsibilities:

Create proprietary performance metrics and predictive models using regression and machine learning.
Develop data-driven applications and reports to assist the White Sox front office with player evaluation, arbitration, scouting, and player development.
Provide operational support.

PauliePaulie

Hope they’re searching in Houston, Tampa and LA.

joewho112

Is anyone left to sign in the later round, at least anyone who might warrant overslot money?

lil jimmy

Logan Glass, HS outfielder. 22nd round. says he’s going to school.

egib52

Was that recent? I thought they were very optimistic they could sign him.

melidoperez

With Sox infielders puking and having anvils fall on their heads this week, how insane would it be to do what teams used to do sometimes prior to “service time manipulation is life the rest is details” and calling up a guy for a short 10 game stint when a rash of injuries occurred and call up Madrigal? Hahn frames it as looking over the upper level affiliates and wanting to reward a guy with a taste for performing so well. He’s coming up for 3 series or whatever and by then will go back because some guys will be better, etc.

It’s predetermined so no pressure of being “the man” or savior or the usual crap our guys have faced, and it can give a gauge of where he is. You also allow the possibility that a guy who is as much of an outlier as any prospect actually takes the chance and runs with it. Would it be some shock if a guy who’s struck out once in 18 games at AA wasn’t overwhelmed and stuck? As of this day, would you bet anything of value that he wouldn’t come up for a couple weeks and hit 280/330/400 while playing a good 2nd base?

asinwreck

One difficulty of starting Madrigal’s service clock this season is he doesn’t need to be added to the 40-man roster this winter….unless he’s added to it this season. The Sox are about to face a roster crunch with prospects who aren’t ready yet (Basabe, Adolfo, among others), and promoting Madrigal reduces the ability to protect others.

Alcides Escobar could come up for a couple of weeks and then get released, because he’s not a part of the next good team. Why risk exposing Basabe this winter just to see how Madrigal would do this season?

Yolmer's gatorade

Bruh, the Sox 40 man roster has like 8-10 spots that are flotsam and jetsam. They can handle Madrigal coming up in 2019.

asinwreck

Yes, now. But here are a few of the names that will age into needing protection this winter: Zack Burdi, Dane Dunning, Alec Hansen, Blake Rutherford, Joel Booker, Jimmy Lambert, Bernardo Flores, Corey Zangari, and Amado Nunez.

Dunning, Burdi, and (likely) Lambert have had their progress slowed by ligament injuries, but are worth protecting. Hansen’s sufficiently enough of a mess that he’s not ready for the majors, but has tools where someone might try to stash him as a Rule 5. Rutherford’s starting to adjust to AA. Zangari and Nunez are a ways away but have some offensive results in low A. There’s a case to make for these guys being useful to the next good Sox team.

The challenge of having a deeper farm is having young players who might be part of the next good team but are not ready yet. Since the Sox are at best improving to mediocrity in 2019, keeping options open for the 2020 roster is a consideration for managing the rest of this season.