White Sox Minor Keys: June 27, 2019

There may be no more relatable example of the way the combination of BB&T Ballpark’s cozy confines and the Triple-A baseball are warping the numbers of Charlotte Knights hitters than Adam Engel.

Engel had another big night on Thursday, going 3-for-4 with a homer in the Knights’ 8-5 win over Gwinnett.

That’s boosted Engel’s June line to .304/.360/.529, and when you combine that with his defense, there’s a case that he’s a more playable option in center than either Charlie Tilson or Ryan Cordell.

And then you look at his splits at Triple-A:

  • Home: .330/.387/.608, 7 BB, 21 K over 97 ABs
  • Road: .190/.244/.369, 3 BB, 26 K over 84 ABs

Engel may still be the most suitable option for center field when Leury García’s not out there, but this is why it’s incredibly difficult to judge anything any Charlotte hitter is doing. Keep that in mind while enjoying Yermin Mercedes’ two-homer game.

Charlotte 8, Gwinnett 5

  • Seby Zavala singled and struck out thrice.
  • Yermin Mercedes went 3-for-4 with two homers.
  • Danny Mendick was 0-for-4 with a strikeout.
  • Dylan Cease had another start stunted by rain: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 12 of 25 pitches for strikes.

More:

*Mercedes’ blasts:

Birmingham 6, Mobile 2

  • Luis Robert returned to the lineup after a day off and looked refreshed, going 3-for-5.
  • Nick Madrigal was 1-for-5.
  • Blake Rutherford’s hot streak continued: 2-for-5 with a homer and two strikeouts.
  • Luis Gonzalez is picking up the pace as well: 3-for-4 with a double.
  • Gavin Sheets went 3-for-4 with two doubles.
  • Laz Rivera was 1-for-4.
  • Lincoln Henzman: 6.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HBP

Salem 5, Winston-Salem 4 (10 innings)

  • Steele Walker was 0-for-5.

West Virginia 4, Kannapolis 3 (10 innings)

  • Lenyn Sosa went 0-for-4 with a strikeout.
  • Bryce Bush, 3-for-5 with a strikeout.
  • Corey Zangari was 1-for-5 with two strikeouts.
  • Romy Gonzalez, 0-for-5 with a K.
  • Amado Nunez struck out in his only plate appearance.
  • Jason Bilous out of nowhere: 6 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K

AZL White Sox 4, AZL D-backs 2

  • James Beard went 0-for-3 with two walks and a strikeout.
  • Samil Polanco went 2-for-5 with two strikeouts.
  • Jose Rodriguez, 1-for-4 with a walk and two strikeouts.
  • DJ Gladney went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and an HBP.
  • Bryan Ramos doubled, singled twice and struck out.
  • Misael Gonzalez, 0-for-4 with a K.
  • Yoelvin Silven: 2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

DSL White Sox 7, DSL Reds 6

  • Alberto Bernal went 1-for-4 with a walk.
  • Cesar Jimenez went 0-for-4 with a strikeout.
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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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knoxfire30

Cease has been absolutely snake bit by the weather this year. Crazy.

tommytwonines

It’s Hahn’s doing. 

NDSox12

Kind of like Kopech once he reached the majors.

melidoperez

Also his fielders. And passed balls due to pitching to a 1st basemen. But it’s good for development or something. Honestly, in an environment that can turn Palka, Cordell, Tilson, and Skole into 900 OPS hitters, his ability to suppress the long ball is impressive as hell. 300+ batters faced and 4 homers? In that league?

PauliePaulie

Really hoping this is the start of something for these AA OF’s. Having some valuable trade pieces next July could be the difference maker.

soxfan

I’m having trouble believing Rutherford’s turnaround is for real. I can’t find month-by-month BABIP splits, but his walk rate and ISO are essentially unchanged which (correct me if I’m wrong) are indications that his recent success is BABIP-fueled. Maybe his BABIP is up because he’s making better contact and hitting more line drives, but we’ve seen this movie before and know how it usually ends.

PauliePaulie

Oh, I’m definitely squinting. But positives, beyond Robert and 4 weeks of Madrigal, have been tough to find.

soxfanpa

His June BABIP is approaching .500

soxfan

Seems sustainable. 

SkeeterSkeeterman

Clearly

soxfanpa

With only 6 XBH in that span, it’s definitely not a return of his exiled power.

melidoperez

I remember checking the minors site weeks ago and chuckling at what was undoubtedly the worst “hot” streak I’d probably ever seen. The 10 game tab during that time when he was putting all those multihit games together said something like 454/462/466.

soxexile

Do the Sox AAA pitchers have corresponding home/road splits?

Right Size Wrong Shape

Cease does, even though he has better SO/BB at home.

tommytwonines

In addition to his two walks, James Beard also had a glowing review of the ballpark’s spicy hot wings. 

Josh Nelson

Nick Madrigal and Luis Robert heading to the Futures Game.

Lurker Laura

Awesome, can they now head to AAA?

Right Size Wrong Shape

Hopefully it will be a springboard for them just like it was for Basabe. I mean Vieira. Oh, wait…

asinwreck

Dalquist signed.

3rd-rder Andrew Dalquist signs with @WhiteSox for $2 mil (pick 81 value = $755,300). California HS RHP, took nice step forward this spring, 91-95 mph fastball, curveball shows flashes of becoming a plus pitch. Arizona recruit. @MLBDraft

— Jim Callis (@jimcallisMLB) June 28, 2019