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Rafters drown Glendale, 2-1

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The Desert Dogs had a lead, but it quickly evaporated

Big League O.V.? Not yet, but teams like the Angels are already trying to poach our guy.
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Salt River Rafters 2, Glendale Desert Dogs 1 (10)

Luis Basabe: 0-for-3, 1 BB, 1 K

Zach Thompson: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

Another game where just one White Sox hitting prospect saw action, with Rivera getting a day off and Robert still out because of injury. But those two didn’t miss much.

Luis Basabe did not reach base in his first two at-bats, but was able to draw a walk with his third. Hey, if you’re reading, you’re starved for some White Sox action, so here’s base on balls video!

Overall, the two teams struggled to reach base: Through nine innings, the game was scoreless, and the two teams had combined for only six hits. Basabe, with his walk, was one of four batters to reach base for the Desert Dogs in regulation.

After Basabe recorded another out in the ninth, Zach Thompson took the mound, and was much more effective compared to his last outing. He went one inning and threw 11 of his 16 pitches for strikes. Better yet, he was in line for the win, after Glendale took a 1-0 lead in the 10th.

However, in typical Desert Dogs fashion, they allowed two runs in the bottom of the 10th to lose, again. That’s eight straight. If you’re keeping score at home, Glendale is 27% of the way to a winless Arizona Fall League season.


A bit of news on Winston-Salem skipper Omar Vizquel. It seems Vizquel may need to adapt to a more analytical approach if he hopes for more managerial consideration in the future. Whether he’ll get a shot with the White Sox is still to be determined.


And finally, our sister station at Minor League Ball does a bit of a brutal hindsight piece on the 2015 draft. I get it, the hook is that in picking Carson Fulmer over Walker Buehler, whoops, the White Sox went to Vanderbilt and took home the wrong guy.

Novelty feature aside, without any analysis at all — say, something pointing out that Buehler’s peripherals were so much better than Fulmer’s, but the White Sox were intoxicated by the bulldoggery, ignoring the analytics — this reads a bit too much like “let’s giggle at all those teams who didn’t draft Mike Trout.”

But, you know, click on it, because it keeps the lights on here, or whatever.