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Updated: 2017-06-23T07:52:52-05:00


White Sox Minor League Update: June 22, 2017


Promotions, promotions, promotions With three of the four White Sox’ full-season affiliates opening up their second halves, the organization made a massive amount of promotions on Thursday, most of them involving players going from Kannapolis to Winston-Salem. Winston-Salem received: Alec Hansen Jimmy Lambert Kyle Kubat Mike Morrison Seby Zavala Joel Booker Jameson Fisher Ian Hamilton (from Birmingham) Toby Thomas (from Birmingham) Kannapolis received: Sam Dexter (from Great Falls) Matt Foster (from Arizona) Luis Martinez (from Winston-Salem) Yelmison Peralta (from Winston-Salem) Aaron Schnurbusch (from Winston-Salem) J.J. Franco (from Winston-Salem) Daniel Gonzalez from Winston-Salem) Antonio Rodriguez (from AZL White Sox, on disabled list) Birmingham received: Courtney Hawkins (from Winston-Salem) Colton Turner (from Charlotte) After finishing the first half 24-46, Winston-Salem stands a chance of becoming far more interesting over the last two-plus months. They got off to a good start on Thursday. Birmingham 5, Montgomery 2 Eddy Alvarez was 1-for-4 with a walk. Jake Peter, 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. Nick Basto, 0-for-4 with one strikeout. Trey Michalczewski was 0-for-2 with two walks and a strikeout. He also stole a base. Courtney Hawkins, 0-for-2 with two walks and zero strikeouts. Alfredo Gonzalez was 1-for-3 with a double and a walk. Jordan Guerrero: 5.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 HBP Winston-Salem 6, Buies Creek 5 Joel Booker went 1-for-4 with a walk. Luis Alexander Basabe, 1-for-4 with a walk. Zack Collins, 0-for-4 with a walk. Jameson Fisher was 1-for-5 with a strikeout, and his single was a walk-off. Johan Cruz went 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout. OK, Danny Mendick: 4-for-4 with a homer and a double. Kannapolis 8, Columbia 5 Aaron Schnurbusch went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts. MIcker Adolfo was 1-for-4 with a double, a walk and two strikeouts. The Intimidators won despite striking out 17 times. Yosmer Solorzano: 6 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 WP Great Falls 2, Helena 1 (10 innings) Luis Gonzalez was 0-for-4 with a walk. Franklin Reyes, 1-for-3 with a strikeout. Carlos Perez was 1-for-4. Craig Dedelow singled, walked, sac bunted and sac flied. Hanleth Otano was 0-for-3 with a walk and a K. DSL Orioles 4, DSL White Sox 3 Luis Robert went 2-for-4 with a strikeout. He was caught stealing. Luis Mieses, 1-for-5. Harvin Mendoza was 2-for-4. Josue Guerrero and Anderson Comas were both 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. Kleyder Sanchez went 3-for-4 with two doubles. Santo Vasquez, 0-for-2 with two walks and a strikeout. Brayant Nova went 2-for-4 with a strikeout. Ramon Pineda: 4.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 2 WP Charlotte at Gwinnett PPD [...]

South Side Sox Live!: Tim Anderson’s sophomore slump



Despite the good game today, Tim Anderson is struggling to start 2017. What can he do to bounce back and be more like his rookie self?

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White Sox 9, Twins 0: Runs pour after rain



Jose Quintana receives huge support for the second straight game

Your usual followed-mostly-from-work-and-car bullet-point recap:

*Jose Quintana received a ton of early support for the second consecutive outing. This time, the White Sox knocked Nik Turley out of the game before he could complete an inning. Jose Abreu and Todd Frazier each launched two-run homers, and after Turley had left the game, Adam Engel put another run on his tab with his first career RBI single for a 5-0 White Sox lead.

*Two innings later, Engel followed Kevan Smith’s RBI single with another one through the left side, giving the Sox the tack-on runs that effectively buried the Twins for good.

*Quintana kept that from ever being a question. He scattered five singles while striking out nine over 6 23 innings. He got the feckless swings over his curveball the way he used to, and the changeup came into play, too. The Twins didn’t even get a runner into scoring position until he departed.

*Quintana had been 0-4 with a 5.58 ERA against the Twins over his previous five starts, including two losses this season.

*The Sox, meanwhile, were 6-for-13 with runners in scoring position thanks to multi-hit games from six different White Sox hitters.

*Engel and Matt Davidson each reached base four times. Engel had four hits including a pair of doubles, and Davidson three hits including his team-leading 17th homer.

*Jake Petricka (one inning) and Chris Beck (1 13 finished out the game for the Sox. Catcher Chris Gimenez made his sixth pitching appearance to wrap up a six-pitcher day for the Twins.

*The game’s first pitch was delayed four hours and 50 minutes by rain. The White Sox made it worth the wait, closing out a road trip at 3-3.

Record: 32-39 | Box score | Highlights

Sox Century: June 22, 1917



After nearly two months, Red Faber finds his old form

First, he missed a month and a half due to a strained back muscle. Then the defense turned a likely save into a ninth-inning loss.

Today, Red Faber returned to the win column for the first time since late April. He gave up a quick run in the first inning, then shut out the Indians over the final eight innings while Cleveland’s defense helped the Sox get over the hump. Three of the four White Sox runs were unearned, but only one was needed for Faber to secure the victory.

The Chicago Examiner blamed Faber for the run on his account, saying he missed the bag on what should’ve been a 3-1 putout. Instead, Jack Graney moved to second on a bunt, took third on a single and scored on a double-steal for a 1-0 lead.

Faber only allowed two hits the rest of the way, and while it took until the sixth inning, the White Sox eventually found the board against Indians starter Otis Lambert (Happy Felsch almost scored on a suicide squeeze in the second, but was called out and then ejected for arguing). Eddie Collins tripled with one out, then scored on a Joe Jackson grounder that shortstop Ray Chapman juggled long enough to make him throw to first instead.

That was the earned run, and even then it required imperfect Cleveland play. The unearned runs started coming an inning later, when Ray Schalk baited a rundown between first and third after his single moved Chick Gandil to third. Schalk started a rundown, and Gandil scored when catcher Steve O’Neil dropped the throw home.

The Sox then forced Ed Klepfer to confront his weakness after a leadoff walk. Sure enough, Klepfer fielded a Collins bunt and threw it into right field, allowing a run to score and Collins to take third. Collins then scored on a sac fly to make it a 4-0 game.

Faber didn’t need the insurance. After giving up two hits in the first, he only gave up two more the rest of the game.

Record: 35-19 | Box score

Gamethread: White Sox at Twins



Jose Quintana attempts to serve as a stopper



Beyond the fact that Hanson is a speedy switch-hitter with some prospect pedigree remaining as a 24-year-old, I was more interested in how aggressively the White Sox would deploy him, given his abysmal production at the plate and vague defensive skill set. With Leury Garcia battling a sprained finger, the White Sox are testing his versatility like no one has before:

  • June 10: Pinch-ran
  • June 11: Sat
  • June 12: Sat
  • June 13: Second base
  • June 14: Pinch-hit
  • June 15: Sat
  • June 16: Center field
  • June 17: Center field
  • June 18: Pinch-hit
  • June 20: Pinch-hit
  • June 21: Right field

Hanson has already set career highs for starts in center field (previous high: one) and right field (previous high: zero). His early results at the plate -- .316/.381/.474 through his first 21 plate appearances, seven runs in eight games — have only encouraged Rick Renteria to continue getting crazy with him.

It might help that Renteria is able to communicate these unprecedented requests directly.

"In the past, it has been a challenge because I didn't have the opportunity to play for a manager who spoke the same language as me and the communication was a little difficult there," Hanson said. "But with Ricky, since the first moment that I came here, we spoke, and we are on the same page. He seems to be a very good guy who takes care of the players, and I like that."

The White Sox are under a little bit of pressure to play Hanson, if only because Garcia’s return will make it a little tougher. He’s played three positions for the White Sox this season, and all of them are occupied by guys who warrant the reps (Garcia, Avisail Garcia, Yolmer Sanchez). But based on Hawk Harrelson’s somber tone, it doesn’t sound as if a Tyler Saladino return is going to gum up the works. If Hanson keeps hitting, I imagine we’ll see him bleed over into the left side of the infield.

The odds say that Hanson won’t keep hitting, and so creating playing time won’t be a pressing issue in a few weeks. Regardless of the result, it’s fun to see adventurous and aggressive investigation of such a player, because the White Sox are going to need a few of these finds in order to speed up a return to relevance.

White Sox Minor League Update: June 21, 2017



Carson Fulmer’s struggles continue

With an ugly outing against Gwinnett on Wednesday, Carson Fulmer’s struggles have now consumed more than half his season.

  • First six starts: 5-1, 2.72 ERA, 39.2 IP, 35 H, 5 HR, 12 BB, 33 K, .697 OPS
  • Last seven starts: 1-3, 7.59 ERA, 32 IP, 36 H, 6 HR, 23 BB, 16 K, .923 OPS

Fulmer has only allowed one homer over his last five starts; that particular number has blown up due to one bad four-homer night, which ironically is the only time he’s gone six innings during this stretch.

After running No. 1a with Reynaldo Lopez over the first five weeks of the season, he’s now dropped behind Lucas Giolito, who has the ability to show flashes of dominance even during rough outings. Take Game 2 in Wednesday’s doubleheader -- he hit a wall in the fifth after a couple of soft singles started a rally, but he built himself a cushion by striking out seven over the first four innings.

Gwinnett 6, Charlotte 0 (Game 1, 7 innings)

  • Yoan Moncada was 0-for-3 with a walk.
  • Jacob May, 0-for4- with a strikeout.
  • Nicky Delmonico was 2-for-4 with a K.
  • Danny Hayes, 1-for-3 with a K.
  • Rymer Liriano was 0-for-2 with an HBP and strikeout.
  • Carson Fulmer: 4.1 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 5 BB, 3 K, 50 of 95 pitches for strikes.

Charlotte 4, Gwinnett 3 (Game 2, 9 innings)

  • Yoan Moncada was 1-for-3 with two walks and a stolen base.
  • Jacob May, 2-for-5 with a stolen base and strikeout.
  • Nicky Delmonico was 1-for-3 with two walks and a K.
  • Danny Hayes, 1-for-2 with a double, two walks and a CS.
  • Rymer Liriano was 0-for-3 with a strikeout and a sac bunt.
  • Lucas Giolito: 5 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 50 of 79 pitches for strikes.

Great Falls 8, Helena 7

  • Luis Curbelo was 0-for-5 with three strikeouts.
  • Luis Gonzalez, 1-for-4 with a walk.
  • Felix Mercedes went 1-for-2 with a double, walk and two HBPs.
  • Franklin Reyes went 2-for-5 with a double and a strikeout.
  • Carlos Perez was 2-for-3 with a walk and a sac bunt.
  • Clifton Park’s Justin Yurchak was 0-for-3 with two walks.
  • Tip of the cap to Anthony Villa: 3-for-4, two homers, a walk and a strikeout.

DSL White Sox vs. DSL Padres suspended

Sox Century: June 21, 1917



Eddie Cicotte outdueled by Jim Bagby

Eddie Cicotte’s up-and-down June found some momentum in the right direction when he threw a complete game against the Indians. He held them to just a run on five hits and a couple walks.

Unfortunately, Cleveland’s Jim Bagby managed to be even tougher.

The Indians struck for a quick run in the first inning on three soft batted balls -- an infield single, a chopper over the head of Cicotte, and a fielder’s choice that was an eyelash from being a 4-6-3 double play. The White Sox ace settled down after that, but his offense never unsettled Bagby.

Babgy held the Sox to just three hits and two walks while going the distance, and the Chicago Tribune gave the Cleveland starter most of the credit for the shutout.

Bagby hasn’t a world of speed, neither has he a tremendous curve. He doesn’ tbother with the spitter or the knuckle ball, nor has he ever been accused of using the emery or the shine ball. All he seems to do is deliver the ball over the plate, sometimes with a deal of speed, sometimes slowly, sometimes high and sometimes low.

One thing Bagby possessed was a world of control. He seemed able to mix up an assortment of stuff in such a manner that he had the Sox batters fooled most of the time. Then Mr. Bagby had splendid luck. Several times some one of the south siders hit the ball squarely on the nose in a vicious manner, but generally right at some fielder.

The Chicago Examiner said some of the wounds were self-inflicted:

Much of Bagby’s effectiveness was due to a flawless defense and the Sox’ inability to bunt. This shortcoming precipitated two double plays. In the first [Buck] Weaver couldn’t advance [Nemo] Liebold [sic; the Examiner usually flipped the vowels] who had opened with a pass. He finished by whiffing and Liebold was nipped trying to steal on the third strike. Eddie Collins then doubled and [Joe] Jackson singled, but Eddie took the long way home and [Jack] Graney’s perfect throw to the plate cut him down. In the third [Ray] Schalk started with a pass, but Cicotte didn’t have a bunt in his system and smashed into a twin-killing. After this [Chick] Gandil was the only man to reach base. He singled in the fifth and would have scored if [Tommy] Connolly had watched [Swede] Risberg’s drive just a bit closer.

Tommy Connolly was the first base umpire, and Irving Vaughan said he blew a call on a blooper down the right-field line that supposedly dotted the chalk. The Tribune’s James Cruisinberry didn’t make mention of it, but he did cite Connolly when discussing the usual array of accusations lobbed at Cicotte.

There was a lot of squabbling again over the condition of the ball. Ump. Connolly threw out one ball being used by Cicotte and the Indians were kicking about others, all of which seems useless and unnecessary. It certainly is most uninteresting.

Record: 36-20 | Box score