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White Sox Minor League Update: June 24, 2018

The farm takes three of seven as Eloy Jimenez, Luis Curbelo, and Justin Yurchak hit their first bombs

Four the Win: Luis Curbelo, in his best game of the year, recorded four hits and one homer.
Kannapolis Intimidators

Charlotte Knights 5, Toledo Mud Hens 4

Jose Rondon: 1-for-4, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Eloy Jimenez: 2-for-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K **MVP**

Matt Skole: 1-for-4, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 K

Seby Zavala: 1-for-4, 0 BB, 0 K

Miguel Gonzalez: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

The Knights were the first team on the board, as Eloy smacked a homer to center field for a 1-0 lead. Meanwhile, Miguel Gonzalez pitched three innings of one-hit ball in his first rehab game. He should need three to four more rehab starts before he rejoins the Chicago White Sox from the 60-day DL. In his three innings, González left with a 55 game score. Seby Zavala also added his first AAA hit in this game. The Mud Hens were able to take the lead with a three-run seventh, but the Knights rallied to tie in the eighth ,and Jimenez drove in the eventual winner later in the frame.

Montgomery Biscuits 5, Birmingham Barons 0

Joel Booker: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 0 K

Luis Basabe: 2-for-4, 0 BB, 1 K

Danny Mendick: 0-for-3, 0 BB, 0 K

Alex Call: 0-for-2, 1 BB, 0 K

Bernardo Flores: 7 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K **MVP**

The Barons were not able to get hot at the plate and their lineup. Joel Booker returned to Earth, without a hit in the game, but Luis Basabe added two of his own, both singles. In fact, all five of the Barons hits were singles, so there was not a lot of great contact today. However, Bernardo Flores was the bright spot in his AA debut. He threw a quality start, with a 64 game score. He did not get any support in this game, but Flores has become a welcomed surprise this season, at only 22.

Down East Wood Ducks 11, Winston-Salem Dash 1

Laz Rivera: 0-for-5, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K

Luis Gonzalez: 2-for-4, 0 BB, 0 K **MVP**

Luis Robert: 1-for-3, 1 BB, 1 K

Micker Adolfo: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 2 K

Gavin Sheets: 1-for-4, 0 BB, 0 K

Blake Hickman: 4 IP, 7 H, 7 ER, 2 BB, 1 K

Lincoln Henzman: 1 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K

The Dash were down big and fast in this one. By the fifth inning, Winston-Salem trailed 7-0, and starter Blake Hickman was tabbed for each of the runs in the loss. Luis Robert continues to pile up hits since his promotion to High-A, and he added a single on Sunday. Luis Gonzalez was able to add a multi-hit game, his first since his promotion. The Dash also utilized a starter in a relief spot today with Lincoln Henzman. In his first professional season, Henzman has split time as a reliever and a starter; Henzman coming out of the pen could have been a consequence of Hickman getting shellacked and not an indication of Henzman’s future role. Time will tell, as we’ll track Henzman’s appearances for the rest of the season.

Kannapolis Intimidators 4, Greensboro Grasshoppers 2

Luis Curbelo: 4-for-5, 1 HR, 2 R, 0 BB, 1 K **MVP**

Craig Dedelow: 2-for-5, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K

Justin Yurchak: 2-for-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K

Evan Skoug: 1-for-4, 0 BB, 1 K

Zach Lewis: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

Kannapolis bats came out swinging, piling up 13 hits in Sunday’s game. Only four runs were able to cross the plate, but Zach Lewis and the bullpen were able to limit the Grasshoppers to two runs. Justin Yurchak and Luis Curbelo both had multi-hit games, highlighted by their first home runs of the year. When Curbelo was drafted, scouts raved about his bat and power potential, but he has been limited due to injury in his early career. Yurchak shot up prospect rankings after a phenomenal year in the rookie leagues, but has faltered so far this season.

Game 1: Missoula Osprey 2, Great Falls Voyagers 1

Ian Dawkins: 1-for-4, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Jimmy Galusky: 0-for-3, 1 BB, 0 K

Logan Sowers: 1-for-4, 0 BB, 2 K

Romy Gonzalez: 2-for-4, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 2 K

Gunnar Troutwine: 1-for-3, 0 BB, 0 K

Spencer Moran: 6 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 11 K **MVP**

Andrew Perez: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K

Great Falls lost the first game of the night in extra innings, and of course, the extra man on second scored the game-winner. The offense was nonexistent besides Romy Gonzalez and Gunnar Troutwine. On the season, Gonzalez has an OPS of .853, while Troutwine’s OPS is at 1.122. Spencer Moran had a much better start in his second go-around. He only threw 72 pitches in six innings, and of those 72 pitches, only 16 were balls. He earned a 76 game score for his start. Eighth rounder Andrew Perez continued to push for a promotion to Kannapolis, with two perfect innings. He has only allowed three hits and one run in 5 12 Innings pitched.

Game 2: Missoula Osprey 9, Great Falls Voyagers 2

Travis Moniot: 2-for-2, 1 R, 2 BB, 0 K

Lenyn Sosa: 2-for-4, 0 BB, 0 K

Logan Sowers: 1-for-4, 0 BB, 1 K

Ryan Fitzpatrick: 0-for-2, 0 BB, 0 K

Maiker Feliz: 1-for-3, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K **MVP**

Jason Bilous: 2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 0 K

Jack Maynard: 2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

Another game, another loss for the Voyagers. Thirteenth rounder Jason Bilous has shown why he fell in the draft, with two rough outings to start his pro career. He now has an 8.31 ERA on the season. Lenyn Sosa and Logan Sowers both collected hits again. Sosa has a .407 batting average, Sowers .333. Maiker Feliz provided a big pop with a two-run homer, but Voyagers pitching could not keep the game close.

AZL White Sox 9, AZL Reds 2

Camilo Quinteiro: 1-for-3, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 SB

Kleyder Sanchez: 1-for-5, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K

Luis Mieses: 2-for-5, 2 R, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 SB

Lency Delgado: 1-for-5, 2 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Harvin Mendoza: 2-for-5, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K

Cabrera Weaver: 1-for-3, 0 BB, 1 K

Brayan Herrera: 5 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K **MVP**

The AZL Sox come away with a way thanks to their starter, Brayan Herrera. He made it through five innings with a 64 game score, and left with a 2-0 lead. Camilo Quinteiro added another hit to his season, and is hitting .500 after one week. Luis Mieses and Harvin Mendoza are two other hot hitters this week, and added to the run totals in this game. Mieses scored in this game after a single, and is hitting .379, while Mendoza recorded an RBI and is hitting .333 so far. The AZL bullpen gave up some of the lead, but the offense kept extending it, scoring seven runs in the last three innings.