White Sox Minor Keys: Sept. 7, 2021

Colson Montgomery isn’t exactly lighting up the Arizona Complex League in his first cuts in professional baseball, but the first-round pick doesn’t look overmatched, either.

He’s hitting .257/.395/.329 with five doubles, 12 walks and 16 strikeouts over 86 plate appearances, with five errors in 20 games (.921 fielding percentage). They’re all middle-of-the-road numbers, and with no video feeds for ACL games, we’re left to guess about strengths and weaknesses until somebody can fill in the blanks.

Fortunately, Baseball Prospectus’ Trevor Andresen stepped in with a scouting report from Montgomery’s debut season:

Selected with the 22nd-overall pick this past July, Montgomery is a 6-foot-4 205 pound infielder with a lean, athletic build and room for additional strength gains. There’s some rawness to the hit tool, as you would expect from a multi-sport Indiana high school kid, but there is plenty of present raw ability. His swing can get too handsy/inside-out at times and the swing decisions are in need of refinement, but he generates plenty of bat speed and projects for above-average power at maturity. 

Currently a shortstop, Montgomery is athletic on the dirt with advanced body control and an easy, loose arm with solid-average strength. Physical maturity will almost certainly force him over to third base, where his feel on the dirt helps him project as a strong defender. 

It will require additional development, but the tools are there for an everyday player on the left side of the infield.

Jacksonville 2, Charlotte 1

  • Adam Engel went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts.
  • Blake Rutherford singled and struck out thrice.
  • Jake Burger went 2-for-4 with a double and a walk.
  • Micker Adolfo was 1-for-3 with a double, walk and strikeout.

Notes:

*The White Sox added Kevin McCarthy to the Knights bullpen as they scrounge for arms to get through the rest of the season.

Birmingham 3, Rocket City 0

  • Carlos Pérez went 2-for-4 with a homer.
  • Yoelqui Céspedes singled, struck out twice and stole a base.
  • Lenyn Sosa went 1-for-4.

Winston-Salem 9, Bowling Green 8

  • Jose Rodriguez went 2-for-5 with a triple.
  • Luis Curbelo was 1-for-5 with two strikeouts.
  • Harvin Mendoza went 3-for-5 with a homer and a strikeout.
  • Yoelvin Silven: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

Highlights:

*Mendoza’s heroics:

Fayetteville 9, Kannapolis 1

  • Wilber Sanchez went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
  • Bryan Ramos was 0-for-4 with a K.
  • Caberea Weaver returned to Kannapolis and went 1-for-3 with a strikeout and a stolen base.
  • Chase Krogman was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.
  • Misael Gonzalez went 0-for-3 with a K.

Notes:

*The Cannon Ballers struck out 14 times against no walks.

ACL Reds 6, ACL White Sox 4

  • Colson Montgomery went 1-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Wilfred Veras struck out in both at-bats.
  • Wes Kath struck out twice during an 0-for-4.
  • Cam Butler walked once and struck out thrice.
  • Jefferson Mendoza went 1-for-4 with a homer and a strikeout.
  • Logan Glass went 2-for-3 with two doubles and an HBP, breaking a 20-game streak with at least one strikeout.
  • Erick Bello: 0.1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, 1 HR

DSL White Sox 4, DSL D-backs1 3 (7 innings)

  • Carlos Jimenez went 1-for-3 with a stolen base.
  • Victor Quezada was 0-for-2 with a walk and a strikeout.

(Photo by David Banks/USA TODAY Sports)

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karkovicefanclub

Any value to Vargas?

Willardmarshall

The next Jimmy Lambert!

davytudope

I’ve wondered the same thing about him. And wouldn’t this make him one of the top pitching prospects in the system? Considering the Sox have the worst farm system in baseball and our top pitching prospect is below 50FV, isn’t a potential spot starter next year better then most of our pitching prospects will ever reach?

Last edited 11 months ago by davytudope
jhomeslice

Glad to see Engel finally played. Hope he can get and stay healthy this time.

As Cirensica

Has there been a game where Jose Rodriguez collects fewer than 2 hits?

Last edited 11 months ago by As Cirensica
jhomeslice

no.

As Cirensica

This year, Rodriguez has multiple hits in 43% of the games he has played. For comparison purposes, I remember that Bo Bichette had ridiculous minor league numbers, and in 2018, Bichette has multiple hits in 34% of the games he played. Different league levels and what not, but I find this insane.

In the last 10 games, Rodriguez has multiple hits in 7 of them.

Always a fan of Rodriguez since last year, and I am rooting for him. I hope he continues raking as he progresses in AA and AAA. Still 20 years old. He might be special.

As Cirensica

He also has 27 stolen bases this year.

Trooper Galactus

I think he’s the best prospect in their system. Ahead of the curve, plus hit tool, solid tools otherwise, and should be able to stick in the middle infield (though a shift to second isn’t out of the realm of possibility). My only concern right now is that he’s hitting the ball on the ground a lot more since his promotion, though obviously that hasn’t hurt his triple-slash any, and given his relatively low K rate, he puts enough balls in play to make it count regardless. Still, something to keep an eye on as the season draws to a conclusion.

digger0910

What do we know about Kevin McCarthy’s move to first base? Can he stop the steal?

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(I’ll show myself out now.)

Last edited 11 months ago by digger0910
digger0910

An infinitely superior Kevin McCarthy, for sure. Of Innerspace fame too.