White Sox Minor Keys: June 6, 2022

With the launching of the Arizona Complex League and Dominican Summer League seasons, the Minor Keys are now a seven-days-a-week affair. There isn’t much in the way of stars studding these rosters, so make sure you check out James Fox’s deep-diving previews of both:

Since those affiliates have been covered comprehensively within the last 24 hours while the others were idle, here’s an opportunity to give Steele Walker a nod for his MLB debut on Sunday.

The White Sox’s second-round pick in the 2018 draft went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts, but the fact that he has major-league stats is an accomplishment in and of itself, considering his career very well could’ve hit a wall between the cancellation of the 2020 season and a thoroughly unremarkable age-24 season between Double-A and Triple-A.

He rallied to hit .297/.395/.487 over 20 games at Triple-A Round Rock, and with nine walks against just 11 strikeouts over 86 plate appearances, so he earned his audition.

With Walker and Konnor Pilkington recently getting their first chances at staking a claim to an MLB job and Nick Madrigal returning from a back injury, all of the White Sox’s first three picks are in the majors. The problem is that they’re helping other teams, and the White Sox received precious little in return for their services. Madrigal was traded for Craig Kimbrel, Walker for Nomar Mazara, and Pilkington for César Hernández.

As for the rest of the 2018 draft class, 14th-round pick Davis Martin is the White Sox’s last best chance for sustained contributions unless 18th-round pick Romy Gonzalez can right the ship, or 10th-round pick Bennett Sousa distinguishes himself as more than a fungible lefty. Fifth-round pick Jonathan Stiever is also still in the picture, but he has to prove that he can rediscover his old form after lat surgery.

ACL Mariners 8, ACL White Sox 2

  • Cam Butler went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts.
  • Dario Borrero, 1-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • This might be the only Elijah Tatis update this year: 0-for-4 with four strikeouts.
  • Manuel Veloz: 4 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 2 HR, 1 WP
  • Carlos Hinestroza: 2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 1 HBP
  • Anderson Comas is pitching now: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

DSL White Sox 9, DSL Giants Orange 5

  • Ryan Burrowes went 2-for-4 with a double, walk, HBP, strikeout and stolen base.
  • Ronny Hernandez went 1-for-4 with a strikeout and a sac fly.
  • Carlos Jimenez, 1-for-3 with a double and a strikeout. He also reached on catcher interferences.
  • Leandro Alsiinois: 1-for-4 with a strikeout.
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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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Right Size Wrong Shape

I for one can do without any more Elijah Tatis updates.

calcetinesblancos

I feel like ranking those trades is like getting kicked in the balls three times and ranking which one hurt the least, but I think the Walker/Mazara trade pisses me off the most in hindsight because you gave up minor league depth for a player that had already established that he was bad. Not surprisingly, it didn’t work out, and amazingly we still have that same need in RF today.

Trooper Galactus

I couldn’t believe there were people who were enthusiastic about that trade. It wasn’t trading Walker that bothered me (seemed to be fair value) so much as the extent of their ambition to address an obvious area of need was a guy who had four seasons of failing to attain even 1 WAR in any of them.

calcetinesblancos

In an ideal world your minor league system has as many “can’t miss” players as possible, and then you fill in the gaps with flawed players or recently injured players who have potential and a good work ethic. But it’s an inexact science, and it’s hard to predict which A+ prospects will flame out, which mediocre prospects will take a step forward, etc. But none of that can happen and nobody can step up and surprise you if you trade everyone away. This stuff is cumulative. And the fact that the Sox could actually use a real outfielder who hits from the left side right now makes this even more comical.

But as you said, it’s one thing to give up young players for quality, and it’s another thing to give them up for the Nomar Mazaras of the world.

soxfan

The quotes in this article are rich.

Epstein saying it’s more pleasing for players to make players than front offices to make algorithmic predictions? I guess after breaking two curses with math he can find his aesthetic religion.

Gallo complaining that he’d rather risk a pulled groundout in search of a homer than take the sure soft contact to the left side? Yeah, that’s what the defense is forcing you to decide, so situationally make a decision. Leading off an inning? Take the free on-base opportunity. Trailing, runners on, and down to your last out? Swing for the fences.

The angst about the shift is so overblown. The defense can only cover so much ground so as Tony Gwynn used to say, “Hit ’em where they ain’t.”

https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/34048068/damn-a-hit-mlb-players-sound-infield-shift-disappear-forever

jorgefabregas

Erick Hernandez has reached base in his first two professional plate appearances this morning.

Right Size Wrong Shape

Cancel the Juan Soto trade ideas!

Now 3/4 in terms of getting on base and a stolen base. Trade back on now that OBP<1.000?

ForsterFTOG

Good for him.
I was surprised the Sox didn’t originally sign KC’s leadoff hitter.

Ethan De Cuba.

jorgefabregas

Since May 1, Wes Kath is hitting .280/.391/.477. Still had a high strikeout rate (32%) and a .403 BABIP. Good walk rate (13%) and some power (5 homeruns, .196 ISO).