White Sox Minor Keys: May 30, 2018

Good news for Dane Dunning, bad news for Kade McClure

The Birmingham Barons played the annual Rickwood Classic on Wednesday, and I need to make it down there one of these years.

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Lehigh Valley 5, Charlotte 0

  • Carson Fulmer: 6 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 7 K, 59 of 96 pitches for strikes.

Birmingham 7, Chattanooga 1

  • Danny Mendick went 3-for-5 with a double and a strikeout.
  • Zack Collins, 2-for-4 with a double, walk and strikeout.
  • Seby Zavala came back from the DL in fine form: 3-for-5
  • Jameson Fisher singled, walked thrice and struck out once.
  • Dane Dunning’s best Birmingham start yet: 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 9 K


*Video of Collins’ double:

Myrtle Beach 3, Winston-Salem 0

  • Luis Alexander Basabe went 1-for-3 with a triple and a walk.
  • Ti’Quan Forbes went 1-for-4 with a strikeout.
  • Alex Call, 2-for-4.
  • Micker Adolfo, 1-for-4.
  • Blake Rutherford went 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Yeyson Yrizarri, 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.

Kannapolis 9, Delmarva 8 (10 innings)

  • Luis Gonzalez went 1-for-5.
  • Justin Yurchak, 2-for-4 with a double.
  • Carlos Perez, 2-for-3 with a double and an HBP.
  • Tyler Johnson: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K


*Kade McClure’s knee injury requires surgery, and he’s out for the rest of the year.


The sixth-round pick finished his first full(?) pro season with a 3.02 ERA and 42 strikeouts to 14 walks over 41 2/3 innings.

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Greg Nix

Glad I got my Kade McClure joke in while I could. 


I got a nice chuckle out of it. And we can always hope for next year. We Chicago fans are rather accustomed to that.

Trooper Galactus

Holy shit, that ballpark is a cavern. I get the feeling that when it first opened, home plate was a lot closer to the stands and the outfield walls were in the same place, which would go a long way toward explaining why pretty much nobody hit home runs in 1910.


You may know me from the horror film Cavalcade of Prospect Injuries with Alec Hansen, Luis Robert, Micker Adolfo, AJ Puckett, and a starring turn from Jake Burger.


Ty Cobb played at that park…damn cool


Why is Fulmer still starting?

Right Size Wrong Shape

When (if) they do ultimately decide to move him, is it really that difficult of a transition? Throw harder and eliminate your third pitch.


Well, he’s already gotten a headstart on that second part


He has a major problem repeating his delivery. Their goal for him right now is to probably keep getting him as many reps as possible, and it’s easier to do that as a starter. There’s not really any downside. It’s not like this team is going to compete in 2019, so they won’t need him in the bullpen next year. Let him start in Charlotte the rest of this year, then maybe start the bullpen transition in Charlotte next year.


Did people really think it was only going to take 1 start for Fulmer’s control to click? If he has such a hard time repeating his delivery he’s going to be in Charlotte for a while.

He walked 6 his first start and 4 yesterday, that’s progress I guess. Let’s see what he does the next time out. Keep using this wasted season to see if he can find something that works. If not, start him in the pen next year or bring him up in September as a reliever.


If he can’t control his fastball, he has no value as a reliever.