Deep Dive: White Sox rookie league shortstops

Step forward: Lency Delgado, a fourth round pick from 2018, hit .274 for Great Falls this year. (@lency_delgado)

“Deep Dive” focuses on the depth of each position in the Chicago White Sox organization. Each position is broken into a five-part series:

  1. Depth in the rookie levels (Dominican through Great Falls)
  2. Depth in A-ball (Kannapolis and Winston-Salem)
  3. Depth in the higher levels (Birmingham and Charlotte)
  4. Under the Radar-type detail on one of the White Sox players at that position
  5. Free agent options at that position

There is indeed some rookie league talent at shortstop, with a decent degree of upside both offensively and defensively. In fact, the talent level here may actually exceed any at the higher levels, with the possible exception of Lenyn Sosa.

(age as of April 1, 2020)

Great Falls Voyagers

Lency Delgado
215 pounds
B/T: R/R
Other positions played: Third base
Age: 20

Delgado, a native of Miami, played his varsity ball with Doral Academy prior to being selected in the fourth round of the 2018 draft by the White Sox. After receiving an over-slot $525,000 bonus that pried him from his verbal commitment with Florida International, Delgado received his first taste of professional ball with the AZL White Sox last year. Not surprisingly, he struggled with the speed of the game and slashed just .233/.309/.301 in 38 games with four doubles, one triple, one homer, 22 RBIs, four stolen bases, nine walks (6.0%) and 40 strikeouts (26.7%).

This year with Great Falls, Delgado turned in a much better season as he slashed .274/.325/.377 in 57 games with 14 doubles, one triple, two homers, 32 RBIs, one stolen base, 14 walks (6.0%) and 87 strikeouts (37.5%). However, there are obvious concerns regarding his high strikeout totals. Many scouts believe that, in part because of his size, he makes a better fit as a third baseman. If he does end up switching positions, he’ll eventually need to tap into his above-average power. Delgado does have a long swing, so with extra work and a few adjustments, it is hoped that he could indeed become much closer to reaching his full potential — Delgado is still only 20, after all. It seems likely that he’ll begin next season with Kannapolis.

AZL White Sox

Jose Rodriguez
175 pounds
B/T: R/R
Other positions played: Second base, Third base
Age: 18

Rodriguez received a signing bonus from the White Sox in February 2018 and was inserted into the DSL lineup just a few months later. He turned out to be was one of the few bright spots on a miserable 2018 DSL squad, slashing .291/.318/401 in 60 games with 13 doubles, three triples, two homers, 23 RBIs, 16 stolen bases, nine walks (3.8%) and 29 strikeouts (12.1%). Rodriguez even participated in that year’s DSL All-Star game.

This year with the AZL White Sox, he started hitting more homers while avoiding any significant decline in any of the other batting categories (besides strikeouts). In 44 games spanning 188 at-bats, Rodriguez slashed .293/.328/.505 while producing seven doubles, three triples, nine homers, 31 RBIs, seven stolen bases, nine walks (4.5%) and 45 strikeouts (22.5%). He walloped southpaws by slashing .423/.423/.788. Rodriguez did commit 13 errors in his 32 games with the AZL team this year, so he still needs improvement on that front. He has played multiple positions during his first two seasons, and may be establishing himself as a power-hitting utility infielder going forward. Expect Rodriguez to begin next season with Great Falls.

DSL White Sox

Yolbert Sánchez
176 pounds
B/T: R/R
Age: 23

After playing three years in the Cuban professional league, including the final two seasons with the Industriales de La Habana, the White Sox paid Yolbert Sánchez a $2.5 million signing bonus on this year’s International Signing Day, designating him as one of the top international prospects of 2018 and 2019. Sánchez has a reputation as an excellent fielder, with a plus throwing arm and speed; the only concerns are with the bat. He ranks 22nd among all White Sox prospects per MLB Pipeline, and is the system’s top-ranking shortstop. MLB gives him a 60 grade for fielding, 55 grades for his arm and running, and lower grades for hitting (45) and power (40).

For tax purposes, Sánchez played this season with the DSL squad and did reasonably well. In 33 games totaling 111 at-bats, Sanchez slashed .297/.386/.441 with eight doubles, two triples, one homer, 12 RBIs, three stolen bases, 15 walks (11.8%) and 12 strikeouts (9.4%). It’s difficult to translate these stats. On one hand, Sánchez was more than four years older than DSL average; on the other hand, it had been a year-and-a-half between his games in the Cuban league and the DSL, which likely created some rust until he got into a certain rhythm. In Sánchez’s last 10 games he slashed .333/.442/.528, which seems to bear that out.

While his defense may be major league ready, Sánchez’s bat certainly isn’t. Expect him to begin the 2020 season with Kannapolis, and work his way up the system rapidly provided he can hold his own offensively.

Wilber Sánchez
160 pounds
B/T: R/R
Other positions played: Second base
Age: 18

Wilber Sánchez, a native of Venezuela, received a signing bonus from the White Sox in February, to little fanfare. With that said, despite the fact that he was the lesser-known Sánchez on the DSL squad, he still found a way to make a name for himself. In 52 games totaling 177 at-bats, Sánchez slashed .288/.391/.395 with 13 doubles, three triples, 25 RBIs, 13 stolen bases, 28 walks (13.5%) and 33 strikeouts (15.9%). Interestingly, he fared far better versus righties (.304/.416/.415) than he did southpaws (.238/.304/.333). Sánchez was about seven months younger than his competition, so there’s nothing fluky about his stats. When Yolbert joined the team, Wilber moved over to second base, where he played fairly well. He made a combined 13 errors this year, which could likely be attributable to his youth and perhaps the quality of the playing field. Sánchez should be ready for a promotion to the AZL squad in 2020.


White Sox Minor League Weekly Update: Week 21

Mighty mite: Nick Madrigal hit nearly .400 in leading Charlotte’s charge toward a wild-card berth. (Laura Wolff/Charlotte Knights)

Charlotte Knights — 1 GA in the IL Wild Card

Yermín Mercedes: .176 BA, 1 HR, 3 R, 4 RBI, 3 BB, 3 K
Nick Madrigal: .385 BA, 6 R, 2 RBI, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 SB **MVP of the Week**
Luis Robert: .280 BA, 3 HR, 5 R, 6 RBI, 3 BB, 9 K
Danny Mendick: .259 BA, 1 HR, 3 R, 4 RBI, 1 BB, 8 K
Zack Collins: .182 BA, 1 HR, 3 R, 4 BB, 2 K
Seby Zavala: .294 BA, 1 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, 3 BB, 9 K
Matt Foster: 2 1/3 IP, 9.19 FIP, 11.57 K/9, 7.71 BB/9

Birmingham Barons — Eliminated from playoffs

Gavin Sheets: .250 BA, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K
Luis González: .400 BA, 5 R, 4 RBI, 2 BB, 2 K, 2 SB
Laz Rivera: .321 BA, 2 HR, 6 R, 5 RBI, 0 BB, 5 K, 1 SB **MVP of the Week**
Luis Basabe: .174 BA, 1 HR, 3 R, 3 RBI, 4 BB, 9 K
Blake Rutherford: .259 BA, 5 R, 4 RBI, 3 BB, 4 K
Alec Hansen: 1 2/3 IP, 12.89 FIP, 0.0 K/9, 5.4 BB/9
Tyler Johnson: 3 IP, 5.62 FIP, 9.0 K/9, 0.0 BB/9
Codi Heuer: 2 1/3 IP, 2.43 FIP, 3.86 K/9, 0.0 BB/9
Kodi Medeiros: 5 IP, 4.49 FIP, 5.4 K/9, 7.2 BB/9
Blake Battenfield: 5 IP, 6.09 FIP, 1.8 K/9, 1.8 B/9
Lincoln Henzman: 3 IP, 1.29 FIP, 9.0 K/9, 0.0 BB/9
Bernardo Flores: 12 IP, 2.20 FIP, 9.75 K/9, 0.0 BB/9

Winston-Salem Dash — 4 1/2 GA in the Carolina League “wild card” (but the wild card is not in effect)

Steele Walker: .200 BA, 1 HR, 2 R, 4 RBI, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 SB
Andrew Vaughn: .136 BA, 1 HR, 4 R, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 5 K
Andrew Perez: 2 IP, 3.40 FIP, 13.5 K/9, 9.0 BB/9
Jacob Lindgren: 3 1/3 IP, 6.10 FIP, 0.0 K/9, 5.4 BB/9
Bennett Sousa: 3 IP, 0.07 FIP, 15.0 K/9, 0.0 BB/9
Jonathan Stiever: 6 IP, 2.23 FIP, 7.5 K/9, 1.5 BB/9 **MVP of the Week**
Konnor Pilkington: 6 IP, 1.23 FIP, 12.0 K/9, 1.5 BB/9

Just a note here on the Dash’s playoff picture. As it stands right now, they are five games behind in their division, but 4 1/2 ahead in the “wild card.” However, for them to go to the playoffs with the wild card, they need the Down East Wood Ducks to win the second half division title. The Wood Ducks currently are second in the division by 1/2 a game.

Kannapolis Intimidators — Eliminated from playoffs

Ian Dawkins: .207 BA, 3 R, 0 BB, 6 K
Alex Destino: .308 BA, 2 HR, 4 R, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 5 K **MVP of the Week**
Lenyn Sosa: .333 BA, 4 R, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 SB
Davis Martin: 11 IP, 1.67 FIP, 8.18 K/9, 0.0 BB/9
Jason Bilous: 5 1/3 IP, 4.05 FIP, 5.06 K/9, 5.06 BB/9

Great Falls Voyagers — 7 1/2 GB in PL North Division

Harvin Mendoza: .167 BA, 2 R, 5 RBI, 3 BB, 6 K
Caberea Weaver: .258 BA, 1 HR, 6 R, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 13 K, 2 SB
Luis Mieses: .148 BA, 2 R, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 6 K
Karan Patel: 3 2/3 IP, 1.89 FIP, 9.82 K/9, 0.0 BB/9
Avery Weems: 5 IP, 1.07 FIP, 16.2 K/9, 1.8 BB/9 **MVP of the Week**
Caleb Freeman: 3 2/3 IP, 2.16 FIP, 12.27 K/9, 2.45 BB/9

AZL White Sox — Season Over (22-34)

Read the 2019 season recap.

DJ Gladney: .286 BA, 3 R, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 5 K
José Rodriguez: .400 BA, 1 HR, 6 R, 7 RBI, 2 BB, 5 K, 2 SB
Logan Glass: .556 BA, 1 HR, 5 R, 4 RBI, 0 BB, 4 K **MVP of the Week**
Micker Adolfo: .333 BA, 1 HR, 5 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 9 K
Matthew Thompson: 1 IP, 2.26 FIP, 9.0 K/9, 0.0 BB/9
Andrew Dalquist: 1 IP, 3.26 FIP, 18.0 K/9, 9.0 BB/9

DSL White Sox — Season Over (36-34)

Yolbert Sánchez: .588 BA, 1 HR, 2 R, 4 RBI, 2 BB, 2 K **MVP of the Week**
Elijah Tatís: .200 BA, 4 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 4 SB
Ronaldo Guzman: 1 IP, 2.64 FIP, 18.0 K/9, 9.0 BB/9

Read the 2019 season recap.

2019 DSL White Sox season recap

Bonus baby: Top international signee Yolbert Sánchez was old for the level, but performed well in the DSL. (@Cuba_Lite)

Though the DSL White Sox did not make the playoffs at 36-34 on the season, this team was a massive improvement over 2018. A year ago, the DSL Sox finished an abysmal 18-54 — so they won twice as many games this season, and it certainly seemed like they had twice the talent.

But before we get to the top talent, a little update on a couple of more minor DSL figures. First, Francisco Benitez:

At 18, Benitez had a 8.06 ERA in 22 1/3 innings pitched in the DSL. If he stays with the Sox next season, he will still have some time to serve on his PED suspension.

Luis Rodriguez is the other notable update, because he was the only player from the 2019 DSL squad to receive a promotion to the States. Rodriguez left the DSL with a 4.34 ERA and 3.12 FIP in 29 innings. He was used mostly as a starter, but his walk rate fell considerably and so at 19, he was ready to go play in the States. In the AZL, Rodriguez did not do as well. He had a 6.54 ERA, and his K-BB rate was only 3.3%. Though it was not a great first stint, it is notable that Rodriguez was the only promotion, and that he is just 19, playing baseball in unfamiliar Arizona.

But on to the guys that played all their baseball in the Domincan Republic, and quite a few played excellently — especially a few young teenagers.

Benyamin Bailey

Bailey took fans and the DSL by storm early, and though he struggled some down the stretch, the tools are there. FanGraphs now has him as the 30th-best prospect in the White Sox system, with a 35+ future value grade (check out their full rankings here). FanGraphs highlights Bailey’s build, which for a 17-year-old is astounding, and a little unbelievable, at 6´4´´, 215 pounds. That build helps Bailey to be projected as a power-hitting corner outfielder, but he’s 17, and a lot can change with a body. For what it’s worth, FanGraphs lists Bailey’s ETA to the big leagues as 2024, so yeah, a lot can change. For what Bailey actually did this season, the plate discipline is the big reason why he was so successful and why outlets like FanGraphs paid attention. Bailey walked (21.4%) more than he struck out (16.5%). Some might say it’s the DSL, where the umpires are not great and the pitchers are not polished enough to hit the zone regularly, but Bailey is 17, and what he did was impressive, even in the DSL. He ended his season with a slash line of .322/.477/.454, with a couple of homers and a .130 ISO. It will be interesting to see where he ends the year next season, but hopefully Bailey’s 2020 starts in the AZL.

Yolbert Sánchez

With the Luis Robert signing restrictions finally over, the Sox went out and signed one big-dollar free agent in Sánchez. The middle infielder signed with the Sox to the tune of a $2.5 million bonus. He is rated as the 22nd-best White Sox prospect by MLB Pipeline and the 24th-best per FanGraphs. Sánchez is known more for his defense, as it is his strong suit. He should rise up the ranks quickly next season, especially if hit bat develops. Scouts also point out his plus speed. Most of Sánchez’s production with the bat came down the stretch. He ended the year with a .297/.386/.441 slash line and also walked more than he struck out (though he is old for the level at 22, and accomplishing that in the DSL). Sánchez hit two home runs on top of that, but his profile doesn’t suggest he will have much power as he moves up the ranks.

Ronaldo Guzman

Guzman was a highlighted by Ben Badler before the season because of his 89 mph fastball and an advanced change. He didn’t sign for much ($75,000), but Guzman is one of the few interesting DSL White Sox pitchers. The now 17-year-old was great this season, even with an ERA at 4.53. For what it’s worth (and in the DSL, not sure how much it means), but Guzman did have a much better-looking 3.19 FIP and 2.97 xFIP. This is mostly from a great K-rate at 33.5%, probably from that advanced fastball-change combo. Guzman should start next year in the AZL, and with the great stuff he already has, he could move on quickly.

The Rest

Because of the ages and DSL experience, it will always be difficult to surmise who can be a “guy” in the future. The three players above, because of their pedigree, age, and in Sanchez’s case, bonus money, are easy players to keep an eye on down the road. The rest are not so easy.

Of the hitters, there are a couple of note to keep an eye on. Johnabiell Laureano had just as great a season as Bailey, but he is more than a year older. In Laureano’s second DSL season, he had a wRC+ of 167 and gained 137 points on his batting average.

There are a few catchers of note, although Luis Pineda is notable for not reaching the expectations of his bonus. He only played in 24 games, hitting a balmy .185 with a 36.3% K-rate. Jefferson Mendoza and Ruben Benavides were the positives of the position. In Mendoza’s second season in the Dominican, everything went right. He showed a much better hit tool and played up to his previous max bonus of $300,000. Benavides had the highest wRC+ of the group, but it was in just 80 plate appearances. He showed pop, with 11 extra-base hits, and is newly 18, so he has a bit more of a youth advantage.

Back to the downside of the group, as some relatively high dollar players faltered this year. Alberto Bernal, Elijah Tatís, and Lazaro Leal all failed to reach their potential this year. Bernal and Tatís are both younger and will probably stay in the DSL next season. Bernal was a regular player, but had the worst batting average on the team. Tatís certainly has not looked like the other Tatís, who shall not be named. Leal was signed from Cuba and is already 22, so a down year in the DSL at that age is concerning. Though Leal did walk more than he struck out, the bat-to-ball skills were not there, with a .225 batting average.

The better side are a pair of 17-year-olds in Wilber Sanchez and Anthony Espinoza. Espinoza was more high-profile than Sanchez to begin the year because of a larger bonus; he finished with a .263 average but without much power. Sanchez had a similar season, but his BABIP and BB-rate were a little better. He finished with a slash line of .288/.391/.395 and after a season like that, should be in the AZL to start 2020.

On the pitching end, there is not much else besides Guzman. There was another 16 year-old for the DSL in Jose Jimenez, but he only pitched in 5 2/3 innings. Some pitchers did do well, but they were relievers like Manuel Veloz, or a little on the older side like Erick Perez and Homer Cruz, so their ceilings are not too high. Though Veloz, who had an ERA of 0.91 in 39 2/3 innings, and Perez, who had a 1.92 ERA in 51 2/3 innings, were fantastic.

It was unnerving to learn the Sox did not spend their full bonus allotment in the first year out of the restrictions from the Robert signing, as they traded $1 million of it to the Rangers. Hopefully next season the organization will look to add some younger top talent to their DSL ranks in order to replenish what was a good but older team overall.

White Sox Minor League Update: August 22, 2019

Solid start: Matthew Thompson had another short, strong outing in Arizona tonight. (Sean Williams/South Side Hit Pen)

Charlotte Knights 4, Durham Bulls 2

Nick Madrigal: 2-for-3, 1 R, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 0 K (.317 BA, .821 OPS) **MVP**
Luis Robert: 0-for-4, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 2 K (.302 BA, .1002 OPS)
Zack Collins: 1-for-3, 1 HR, 2 BB, 0 K (.293 BA, .974 OPS)
Dylan Covey: 5 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K (3.05 ERA, 1.38 WHIP)

A four-game sweep for the Knights puts them in a solid wild card lead. Just four games ago, the Knights and Durham Bulls were tied, and now Charlotte is up by four games. All the bats needed to do was score in one inning to get that sweep. In the third inning, they scored all four of their runs. Nick Madrigal started the scoring with a two-run double into left field. Luis Robert would drive him in with a sacrifice fly a batter later, and Zack Collins hit his 17th homer of the season to punctuate it all (hopefully, I’m writing about all of these guys next season when they are in Chicago). After that, it was all up to the pitching. Dylan Covey threw five shutout innings and the bullpen was mostly good. Caleb Frare got in trouble and allowed two runs, but Matt Foster came in for the four-out save.

Birmingham Barons 6, Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 0

Luis González: 4-for-5, 2 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 SB (.256 BA, .691 OPS)
Luis Basabe: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K (.230 BA, .620 OPS)
Blake Rutherford: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K (.263 BA, .672 OPS)
Gavin Sheets: 1-for-4, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K (.271 BA, .760 OPS)
Tanner Banks: 7 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K (4.50 ERA, 1.23 WHIP) **MVP**

A shutout win for the Barons was keyed by a brilliant performance from Tanner Banks. He went seven shutout innings and could have gone more, throwing only 84 pitches and attacking the zone (61 strikes, 23 balls). He allowed no walks and was able to get out of trouble with ease on the two doubles he allowed. On the hitting side, it was all about Luis González. He had four hits and added a stolen base for good measure. With those four hits, he scored twice. Laz Rivera was the only other batter with multiple hits (two doubles).

Winston-Salem 9, Lynchburg Hillcats 4

Steele Walker: 0-for-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 SB (.284 BA, .807 OPS)
Andrew Vaughn: 2-for-4, 1 HR, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K (.250 BA, .787 OPS) **MVP**
Manny Bañuelos: 4 IP, 9 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K (4.15 ERA, 2.08 WHIP)

It took awhile to get going, but the Winston-Salem Dash finally got their offense in gear by the end to win. Manny Bañuelos continued his rehab assignment and did fine. He only allowed two runs in four innings, but he also let 12 batters reach base. Jake Elliott was not much better in his two innings, and the Dash found themselves down late in the game. Andrew Vaughn did most of his work before that, though. He hit his second home run with the Dash in the fourth inning, tying the game at one. The big inning didn’t come until the eighth, though, with a little help from the opposing pitcher. In total W-S scored six runs that inning, two of which came on bases-loaded walks. After Elliott, the bullpen was fantastic. José Nin and Will Kincanon combined for three shutout innings to preserve the win.

Rome Braves 14, Kannapolis Intimidators 4

Ian Dawkins: 1-for-5, 0 BB, 1 K (.305 BA, .771 OPS)
Lenyn Sosa: 0-for-5, 0 BB, 0 K (.235 BA, .618 OPS)
Tyler Osik: 3-for-4, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K (.296 BA, .934 OPS) **MVP**
Johan Dominguez: 4 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K (3.05 ERA, 1.31 WHIP)

It was just not Kannapolis’ day today. They grabbed the lead right in the top of the first, and then gave it right back in the bottom half. Tyler Osik gave the team that 2-0 lead with his first home run with Kannapolis. The I’s grabbed the lead again in the third inning, as Tyler Osik homered and the very next batter, Corey Zangari, added a homer of his own. Again, the I’s gave away the lead quickly, though this time, it took a whole inning, not a half. Then the wheels fell apart in the seventh. The offense was scuffling and not really threatening. The pitching ended up not helping, either. In the seventh inning, two Kannapolis pitchers combined to allow nine runs in the inning to give the Braves a 10-run lead, and that is where it would stay.

Great Falls Voyagers 7, Missoula Osprey 6 (10)

Harvin Mendoza: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K (.310 BA, .906 OPS)
Lency Delgado: 1-for-5, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 3 K (.272 BA, .719 OPS)
Luis Mieses: 0-for-5, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 K (.251 BA, .653 OPS)
Anderson Comas: 4-for-5, 1 R, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K (.233 BA, .646 OPS) **MVP**
Sean Thompson: 6 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 6 K (6.62 ERA, 1.45 WHIP)

A walk-off winner for the Voyagers! It was a back-and-forth affair, whenever the offenses actually scored. The Osprey started out the scoring with a four-run third inning, but the Voyagers scored five in the next two innings, including a four-run inning of their own. Anderson Comas helped propel the first of the four runs with an RBI triple, his sixth triple of the season. The Osprey came back in the eighth inning to tie the game, and it went into extra innings. After Missoula took the lead in the 10th inning, the Voyagers came back to win it in the bottom half, as Luis Curbelo hit a single for the walk-off hit.

AZL White Sox 16, AZL Brewers 15

James Beard: 2-for-7, 2 R, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 3 K (.195 BA, .523 OPS)
Jose Rodriguez: 3-for-5, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K(.277 BA, .808 OPS)
DJ Gladney: 3-for-6, 2 R, 3 RBI, 0 BB, 2 K (.265 BA, .746 OPS) **MVP**
Matthew Thompson: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K (0.00 ERA, 1.00 WHIP)

Another walk-off in the rookie leagues, this time to end an offensive barrage. The AZL White Sox combined for 24 hits and 16 runs scored in their win, and all but one hitter from the starting lineup had multiple hits. The most amazing part of this game were the type of hits, or lack thereof. The AZL Sox only hit two extra-base hits and 22 singles. Bryan Ramos and Samil Polanco led the way with the offense with four hits apiece, and several others had three. The pitching though, was not good. Matthew Thompson did get some action on the mound, his second game as a pro, but it was just one inning. The defense didn’t help at all, either. Seven of the 15 runs scored by the AZL Brewers were unearned, though one of those errors was by a pitcher.

DSL Dbacks 6, DSL White Sox 2

Yolbert Sánchez: 3-for-5, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K (.306 BA, .839 OPS) **MVP**
Carlos Mola: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 9 K (5.31 ERA, 1.31 WHIP)

It was not a great game for the DSL Sox today, though, there were two notable performances. Yolbert Sánchez took the MVP in this game, leading the way with three hits. Two of those hits were doubles, as his hot streak continues. He is even hitting better than .300 now. Carlos Mola, who started today’s game, was almost as good from the pitching side. He went five very good innings, with no walks and nine strikeouts. It was one of his better outings of the year and probably his last of the season. Obviously, after Mola left the game things got out of hand. The bullpen quickly coughed up five runs the next two innings and couldn’t put anything together.

White Sox Minor League Update: August 21, 2019

Finishing kick: Steele Walker rides again, this time into a 10-game hitting streak! (Winston-Salem Dash)

Charlotte Knights 3, Durham Bulls 0

Nick Madrigal: 1-for-5, 0 BB, 0 K (.304 BA, .751 OPS)
Luis Robert: 1-for-3. 1 BB, 2 K (.310 BA, 1.029 OPS)
Seby Zavala: 2-for-4, 0 BB, 2 K (.232 BA, .811 OPS)
Danny Mendick: 1-for-4, 1 HR, 0 BB, 2 K (.281 BA, .826 OPS)
Odrisamer Despaigne: 6 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 4 BB, 5 K (3.45 ERA, 1.34 WHIP) **MVP**

Well, well, well, is Odrisamer Despaigne playing his way to a September promotion? He went six shutout innings in the 3-0 win for Charlotte. Though he was not all that sharp (four walks), Despaigne only allowed singles, so he kept any damage at a minimum. The bullpen, compromised of Hunter Schryver and José Ruiz tonight, were just as good — especially Ruiz. He faced five batters and retired four of them; he walked the other. Obviously, the offense did not need to do much for the win. Danny Mendick had the big hit of the night, with a solo homer. It was one of the eight hits for the Knights, and one of the three runs. Ramon Torres was responsible for the other two.

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 7, Birmingham Barons 6 (10)

Luis González: 1-for-5, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 SB (.249 BA, .682 OPS)
Luis Basabe: 0-for-5, 0 BB, 1 K (.229 BA, .619 OPS)
Blake Rutherford: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K (.263 BA, .672 OPS)
Laz Rivera: 2-for-5, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K (.251 BA, .610 OPS) **MVP**
Blake Battenfield: 5 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 1 K (4.41 ERA, 1.38 WHIP)
Alec Hansen: 2/3 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K (5.71 ERA, 1.99 WHIP)
Codi Heuer: 2 1/3 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K (1.78 ERA, 1.11 WHIP)

A back-and-forth game found its way into extras, with the Barons falling short. Birmingham got on the board early, and with a flurry. Damek Tomscha was responsible for all three runs, a double in the first and a walk in the second. Blake Battenfield then got into some trouble of his own. He allowed four runs from innings 3-5 and was not sharp. Birmingham pitching in general was not sharp, and it could have been worse. By the time the game was tied in the ninth, the Barons had three double plays that saved a couple runs. Luis Martinez was the best of the pitchers in regulation, with two shutout innings, but Alec Hansen and Codi Heuer blew the lead. Hansen entered first, and his run allowed trimmed the Barons lead to one, and Heuer allowed a run off of his own error to tie the game in the ninth. Since extras start with a runner on second, the game-winning run was not earned, but Heuer still strand him, in a 10-inning loss.

Lynchburg Hillcats 4, Winston-Salem Dash 3

Steele Walker: 2-for-5, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 0 BB, 2 K (.286 BA, .810 OPS) **MVP**
Andrew Vaughn: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 1 K (.235 BA, .723 OPS)
Jorgan Cavanerio: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K (3.03 ERA, 1.11 WHIP)
Jacob Lindgren: 1 1/3 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K (1.32 ERA, 1.17 WHIP)

Steele Walker pushed Winston-Salem into the lead in the fifth inning, but two late runs allowed doomed the Dash. Walker collected two hits on the day, including one big one. In the fifth inning with the Dash down by one, Walker hit his ninth home run of the season, giving W-S a 3-2 lead. Jorgan Cavanerio started the game and helped keep the Hillcats at bay long enough for the Dash to take a lead. He went five good innings and struck out six. Bennett Sousa came in for the next two, and all he did was throw two perfect innings. Lindgren did have trouble, seeing two runs cross the plate over the course of his four recorded outs. One was unearned, but it was a blown save and eventually a loss.

Kannapolis Intimidators 4, Rome Braves 2

Ian Dawkins: 1-for-5, 0 BB, 0 K (.306 BA, .775 OPS)
Lenyn Sosa: 1-for-5, 0 BB, 1 K (.238 BA, .625 OPS)
Cameron Simmons: 2-for-3, 1 HR, 1 BB, 0 K (.242 BA, .691 OPS) **MVP**
Jason Bilous: 5 1/3 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K (3.54 ERA, 1.37 WHIP)

The I’s had control from the beginning in their 4-2 win over the Braves. Though the hitting was not great (just eight total hits and 1-for-7 with RISP), the extra-base hits came up big. Cameron Simmons put Kannapolis on the board in the second inning. He homered to right field, his second home run since arriving in Kannapolis. Corey Zangari came up with two on in the next inning, and went the other way for a two-run double.

Meanwhile, Jason Bilous was fantastic. He went five shutout innings, cruising through with a minimal pitch count. However, the sixth inning got him: He allowed two runs and was knocked out of the box after recording only one out. His final stat line looks merely OK, but Bilous was truly great for most of the outing. The bullpen came in and sealed the win for him. Devon Perez went 2 2/3 innings and was sharp, only allowing two runners on base. Austin Conway came in the ninth and shut down the Braves for his ninth save.

Great Falls Voyagers 11, Billings Mustangs 0

Caberea Weaver: 1-for-5, 3 R, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 2 K (.258 BA, .699 OPS)
Harvin Mendoza: 1-for-5, 1 R, 3 RBI, 0 BB, 2 K (.311 BA, .906 OPS)
Lency Delgado: 1-for-5, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 3 K (.274 BA, .721 OPS)
Luis Mieses: 2-for-5, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K (.259 BA, .671 OPS)
Avery Weems: 5 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 K (1.98 ERA, 1.18 WHIP) **MVP**

Aaron Boone definitely would have wanted this one to end early in the 11-0 Voyagers rout of the Mustangs. The best thing about this blowout was that of the 13 hits Great Falls had, 11 of them were singles, and every Voyagers batter had at least one. Kelvin Maldonado led the way with three hits, and one of those for extra bases. He also scored three times. The pitching did not need all the runs though, led by Avery Weems. He went five innings, and struck out nine. He has been a huge surprise from the 2019 draft class and he keeps dominating even at the advanced rookie league. Karan Patel saw action after him and threw two perfect innings. Allan Beer came in for mop-up duty in the eighth and ninth to complete the win.

DSL White Sox 3, DSL Dbacks 2

Yolbert Sánchez: 2-for-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 2 K (.291 BA, .803 OPS) **MVP**
Elijah Tatís: 0-for-3, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K (.194 BA, .524 OPS)
Oriel Castro: 5 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K (4.73 ERA, 1.75 WHIP)

Yolbert Sánchez had a big home run to help the DSL Sox win their 36th game of the season. The homer came in the fourth inning, to tie the game at one; it was his second homer of the year. In the very next inning, after the Sox took a one run lead off of a wild pitch, Sanchez came up to the plate again and knocked in Elijah Tatís for the 3-1 lead. While the offense began to take control of the game, Oriel Castro was great. He went five innings and though he wasn’t sharp (who is in the DSL?), he got the job done. He went five innings and allowed just one run in what might be his last game of 2019. The bullpen was not perfect, but it got enough of the job done to win 3-2.

White Sox Minor League Update: August 20, 2019

Monster effort: Luis Robert, barely able to raise his arms for high-fives in the dugout after hitting his 13th homer this week, is gonna go full Rumpelstiltskin “any day now.” (Laura Wolff/Charlotte Knights)

Charlotte Knights 9, Durham Bulls 3

Luis Robert (CF): 2-for-4, HR (13), 1 RBI (32), 3 R, 1 BB (.310 BA, 1.025 OPS)
Nick Madrigal (2B): 3-for-5, 2B (3), 2 R, 0 K (.311 BA, .733 OPS)
Yoán Moncada (3B): 3-for-5, 2B (1), 1 RBI (6), 3 R, 0 K (.409 BA, 1.136 OPS)
Daniel Palka (RF): 1-for-2, HR (26), 3 RBI (69, nice), 3 BB, 0 K (.274 BA, .942 OPS) *MVP*
Justin Nicolino (SP): 6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K (W, 8-6)

In a shocking turn of events, fatigued center fielder Luis Robert was able to overcome the need of a fainting couch and hit another danged homer over that sweet LED Monster in Left Field out in Durham. The top three hitters of Madrigal, Moncada, and Pantera (aka the first-inning batting order of the next White Sox championship team) combined to go 8-for-14 with 2 2B, 2 HR (YoYo is ret-to-go), and eight runs scored. It’s a damn shame the weary burdens of dominating Triple-A weigh heavy on the bodies and minds of our prospects, cheating Sox fans of … hmm … I feel I’ve lost track of the narrative.

Oh, yes! MVP honors go to Palkamania because he mashed a tasty three-run tater and reached base three times via the free pass. Also, because the poor guy needs it, dammit. The Knights are 71-56, control their destiny in the IL wild card chase, and at this point are a slight underdog in a straight-up matchup with Ricky’s Boys.

(South Side Hit Pen has confirmed where Luis Robert’s Home Run from Monday landed, seen here in this undoctored photo. Can you imagine if Robert wasn’t so fatigued!)

Birmingham Barons 9, Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 3

Laz Rivera (2B): 3-for-4, 2 HR (2), 4 RBI (36), 3 R, 1 SB (9) (.259 BA, .605 OPS) *MVP*
Blake Rutherford (DH): 2-for-4, 2B (13), 2 R (.263 BA, .669 OPS)
Damek Tomscha (LF): 3-for-4, 2B (5), 1 RBI (24) (.287 BA, .767 OPS)
John Parke (SP): 5 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K (2.55 ERA)

Just like their Triple-A compadres, the Barons defeated their opponent 9-3, sautéing the Jumbo Shrimp in butter, lemon juice, and some parsley. That’s about all the interesting bits, but MVP honors go to Laz Rivera, who is no longer listed as missing on the side of a milk carton, with two dingers and four ribbies tonight. 57-67 is the Barons record and [Forrest Gump voice] that’s all I have to say about that.

Winston-Salem Dash 5, Lynchburg Hillcats 2

Steele Walker (DH): 1-for-4, 2B (24), 1 BB (.284 BA, .802 OPS)
Andrew Vaughn (1B): 0-for-5, 1 RBI (15) (.250 BA, .765 OPS)
Zach Lewis (SP): 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K (W, 6-6, 5.85 ERA) *MVP*

The Dash didn’t have to do much offensively (see: five hits) to maximize their run efficiency, with five runs in their victory over the Hillcats. A big thank-you to Hillcat Jodd Carter (yes, that’s his name, no matter how hard autocorrect wants to make it Jody) for the throwing error leading to the rare two-run sac fly, giving the Dash a 2-1 lead. A lead that Zach Lewis would hold up, only getting touched for two unearned runs in six innings, with six Ks. The Dash are 66-54.

Rome Braves 14, Kannapolis Intimidators 4

Ramon Beltre (3B,P[!]): 2-for-4, 2 RBI (33) (.218 BA, .577 OPS); .1 IP, 1 H (0.00 ERA) *MVP*
Alex Destino (RF): 2-for-4, 1 BB, 1 K (.302 BA, .861 OPS)
Davis Martin (SP): 4 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 3 K (L, 7-9, 5.26 ERA)

Not much slugging from the Intimidators bats tonight, as 12 hits equaled just 13 total bases. Starter Davis Martin (already worthy of a wary eye as a Two Last Names guy) didn’t have it, nor received much help, with two errors behind him. Ramon Beltre gets begrudging MVP honors for knocking in 50% of Kanny’s four runs and committing 50% of its four errors, while also pitching (!) one out of the game. The Intimidators record slip-slides down to 55-70.

Billings Mustangs 10, Great Falls Voyagers 6

Caberea Weaver (CF): 2-for-5, HR (2), 1 RBI, 1 R, 1 K (.260 BA, .707 OPS)
Joshua Rivera (2B): 1-for-4, HR (2), 3 RBI (3), 1 R (.200 BA, .603 OPS)
Dan Metzdorf (SP): 3 IP, 1 H, 0 BB, 3 K (3.38 ERA) *MVP*

Things started off swimmingly for the Voyagers, as they scored five runs in the second inning, highlighted by a three-run homer by Joshua Rivera! Ramon Pineda pitched the fourth inning with a 5-0 cushion and boy howdy, did those wheels came off in a hurry.

A leadoff error by SS Lency Delgado set an ominous tone for the rest of Pineda’s outing, as he loaded the bases on walks and a HBP. A sac fly cut the lead to 4-1, and Pineda would have gotten away with minimal damage if it weren’t for that meddling Connor Reich who, coming in after Pineda left with the bases loaded, promptly unloaded three more runs on his bill by giving up a first-pitch grand slam to Renal Ozuna. A five-run lead suddenly became a brand-new ballgame.

Caberea Weaver gave the Voyagers a brief reclaiming of the lead in the fifth inning with a solo homer, but Great Falls’ bullpen would continue the leakage by giving up five more runs, and the Voyagers record fell to 23-33.

AZL White Sox 8, AZL Brewers (Gold) 7

Micker Adolfo (DH): 2-for-5, 1 RBI, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K (.306 BA, 1.016 OPS)
Logan Glass (CF): 3-for-4, 2B (4), 1 RBI, 1 R (.226 BA, .583 OPS)
Mac Welsh (P): 0.2 IP, 1 H, 2 K (SV 3, 0.00 ERA) *MVP*

Down 7-1 after four innings of ungood pitching from starter Luis Rodriguez, the AZL Sox chipped away at the deficit until busting thru in the sixth inning with five straight two-out hits. That added up to four runs and a 8-7 lead, a lead that held up thanks to four scoreless innings from the Sox bullpen (one hit, five Ks). I’m giving MVP honors to Mac for getting 2 Ks in the ninth with the tying run on for the save! Bless those baby Chisox hearts, as the win shoots their record up to a scintillating 14-37.

DSL White Sox 8, DSL Orioles 3

Yolbert Sánchez (SS) *Co-MVP* – 5-for-5, 2B (13), 1 RBI, 1 R (.283 BA, .766 OPS)
Richard García (C) – 2-for-2, 2 RBI (11) (.286 BA, .724 OPS)
Elijah Tatís (SS): 2-for-4, 2 R (.203 BA, .545 OPS)
Homer Cruz (SP): 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K (W, 5-4, 3.86 ERA) *Co-MVP*

The DSL Sox jumped out to a first-inning, three-run lead over the Orioles in a way that would make the 1906 “Hitless Wonders” White Sox blush with pride, scoring three runs without the benefit of a batter striking a ball with his bat so that it lands in fair territory that is not the result of an error or fielder’s choice … otherwise known as a hit!  OK, Yolbert got a single, but the runs came in the forms of an RBI groundout, throwing error on a stolen base attempt, and some #wildpitchoffense!

Starter Homer Cruz was dominant, with six strikeouts in five innings of shutout ball. He certainly did not live up to his first namesake down in the DSL today.