White Sox Minor Keys: June 30, 2022

When the smoke cleared, Lenyn Sosa basically received a promotion from Birmingham to Charlotte with a five-day layover in Chicago.

He made his Triple-A debut on Thursday that showed no signs of jet lag, singling three times over the course of five at-bats in the Knights’ 6-5 loss to Durham. He was batting 1.000 one pitch into his Uptown career …

… and his two outs qualified as hard-hit balls as well.

Before the game, Jeff Cohen asked Charlotte hitting coach Chris Johnson about what he expects to see from Sosa.

Durham 6, Charlotte 5

  • Lenyn Sosa went 3-for-5.
  • Carlos Pérez was 2-for-5.

Birmingham 10, Chattanooga 5

  • José Rodríguez went 1-for-5 with a strikeout.
  • Yoelqui Céspedes was 1-for-4 with a walk, two strikeouts and a stolen base.
  • Jason Bilous: 4.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 9 K, 2 WP

Aberdeen 6, Winston-Salem 3

  • Colson Montgomery and Oscar Colás both were 1-for-4 with a strikeout.
  • Bryan Ramos went 1-for-3 with his 12th homer and a walk.
  • Luis Mieses went 1-for-4 wit his seventh homer.


*Andrew Dalquist pitched in relief according to the box score, but the guy who was wearing No. 25 for the Dash in the eighth inning was a lefty.

*Here’s video of Bryan Ramos, who received a glowing updated scouting report from Baseball Prospectus’ Ben Spanier earlier in the day.

PERTINENT: The Week in Winston: Dash update, June 23-29

Down East 4, Kannapolis 2

  • Wes Kath went 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts.
  • DJ Gladney, 2-for-3 with his 14th homer, a walk and a stolen base.
  • Wilfred Veras cooled off, going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
  • Norge Vera was ineffectively wild: 2.2 IP, 0 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 26 of 56 pitches for strikes.

ACL Athletics 7, ACL White Sox 4 (7 innings)

  • Cam Butler went 2-for-4 with a double, a strikeout and a stolen base.
  • Luis Pineda went 1-for-3 with a homer and a strikeout.
  • Dario Borrero, 0-for-3.
  • Same for Victor Quezada, who struck out twice.
  • Carlos Hinestroza: 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K
  • Manuel Veloz: 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

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I love what Chris Johnson had to say. It’s a stark contrast to the moronic rationalizations of our MLB club.


Eloy off day after Dhing day before? Come on man

Augusto Barojas

He’s played like 12 games at AAA in June with an OPS below .500. You gotta wonder how he’s really doing, health wise and mentally. Has been a brutal couple years for the young man.


Not sure anyone is wondering its pretty obvious he is hurt and or not nearly fully recovered. So sad.


So what’s keeping Blake Rutherford from being a LH Adam Engel? Rutherford’s AAA OPS in 2021 and 2022 (when he was 2.5 and 1.5 years younger than average) compares favorably to Engel’s AAA OPS in 2016 and 2017 (when he had about the same age differences).

Not that Engel is terribly exciting, but he’s a reasonably good 4th OF when not overexposed. Is that Rutherford’s most likely comp or is he demonstrably worse on defense or does the comparison breakdown when considering the new ball or changes in the stadium factor (if any)?


Rutherford is a borderline bad offensively barely with a playable line in an extreme hitters park at the AAA level. Engel is elite defensively in CF , Rutherford is an ok corner guy defensively. Their usefulness on a major league squad is not close.


Demonstrably worse defense. Rutherford has not been considered a CF for a while, and that profile on a corner-only guy (and def not like a really good corner-only guy) is not near as attractive for a bench OF

Torpedo Jones

Bingo. Plus, Engel’s speed adds further value as a pinch runner.

Torpedo Jones

Rutherford is stuck in something of a no-man’s-land in terms of future role. He doesn’t have enough pop in the bat to be a useful corner outfielder, and he lacks the speed and defensive prowess to be much of a rotational 4th outfielder type.

His draft status and prospect hype were largely built around power projections. I think even early in his minors career it was assumed he wouldn’t stick in CF, defensively. If he could unlock power with the bat, he could fit nicely in a corner spot. Unfortunately, that power potential hasn’t materialized.


Where is Micker?