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White Sox Monthly Minor League Update: August

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In last month of real minor league baseball, guess what? The top prospects are still good

Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad: No Eloy, but Hamilton (above) and Burr are on the South Side, so that’s great, right?
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Michael Kopech: 20 IP, 0.94 FIP, 12.15 K/9, 0.00 BB/9

MLB: 11 IP, 3.15 FIP, 7.36 K/9, 0.82 BB/9

Ian Hamilton: AAA: 10 IP, 2.64 FIP, 9.00 K/9, 0.00 BB/9, 5 saves

MLB: 1 IP, 3.15 FIP, 0 .00 K/9, 0.00 BB/9

Caleb Frare: AAA: 10 23 IP, 2.30 FIP, 13.50 K/9, 5.06 BB/9

Ryan Burr: AAA: 6 1⁄3 IP, 2.23 FIP, 7.11 K/9, 1.42 BB/9

MLB: 3 23 IP, 5.61 FIP, 4.91 K/9, 0.00 BB/9

Aaron Bummer: AAA: 10 IP, 1.84 FIP, 8.10 K/9, 0.90 BB/8


Charlotte Knights

Eloy Jimenez: .359 BA, 4 HR, 12 R, 16 RBI, 10 XBH, 5 BB, 16 K **August MVP**

Seby Zavala: 278 BA, 1 HR, 11 R, 12 RBI, 12 XBH, 3 BB, 22 K

Charlie Tilson: .241 BA, 10 R, 13 RBI, 3 XBH, 5 BB, 20 K, 2 SB

Ryan Cordell: .302 BA, 3 HR, 12 R, 18 RBI, 9 XBH, 9 BB, 25 K

Spencer Adams: 31 1⁄3 IP, 5.12 FIP, 4.02 K/9, 4.31 BB/9

Jordan Guerrero: 32 IP, 3.12 FIP, 11.53 K/9, 3.09 B/9

Carson Fulmer: 11 2⁄3 IP, 5.22 FIP, 7.71 K/9, 0.77 BB/9

Jordan Stephens: 26 23 IP, 6.30 FIP, 8.44 K/9, 5.06 BB/9

Carson Fulmer is actually improving. In the month of August, Fulmer only issued one walk for a .077 BB/9. In July, he allowed 12 walks, for a 6.89 BB/9. Fulmer’s FIP and ERA still take hits because of his home runs; he allows too many — not just as a reliever, but in general. He allowed three home runs last month, which is 2.31 HR/9 in limited innings pitched. An 18.4% strikeout per walk rate looks great, his walks look great, but he still gives up hard contact far too often. But August was a step forward for Fulmer, because he seems to be attacking the strike zone. Now it is time to work on (maybe overhaul) his mechanics.


Birmingham Barons

Joel Booker: .293 BA, 15 R, 6 RBI, 4 XBH, 11 BB, 33 K, 4 SB

Alex Call: .176 BA, 3 HR, 10 R, 9 RBI, 8 XBH, 11 BB, 33 K

Luis Basabe: .250 BA, 3 HR, 11 R, 11 RBI, 9 XBH, 9 BB, 29 K, 2 SB

Zack Collins: .181 BA, 3 HR, 7 R, 12 RBI, 6 XBH, 10 BB, 31 K

Dylan Cease: 17 23 IP, 1.61 FIP, 14.77 K/9, 4.58 BB/9

Ian Clarkin: 17 IP, 4.31 FIP, 6.35 K/9, 3.71 BB/9

Bernardo Flores: 27 13 IP, 4.13 FIP, 4.94 K/9, 1.32 BB/9

Matt Foster: 10 23 IP, 4.02 FIP, 7.59 K/9, 3.37 BB/9

Jose Ruiz: 11 IP, 2.55 FIP, 9.82 K/9, 4.09 BB/9, 4 saves **August MVP**

Kodi Medeiros: 29 13 IP, 4.66 FIP, 9.51 K/9, 4.30 BB/9

Like Carson Fulmer, another forgotten-on-purpose pitcher is Ian Clarkin, and he is also looking better lately. Clarkin has been exclusively a reliever since his return from injury, but was struggling mightily until August. Clarkin did not have the home run problem that Fulmer did, but Clarkin was issuing too many free passes. A 10% walk rate is too high for what Clarkin will become, a swingman. The batting average against was good, at .226, but the BABIP at .265 indicates it should have been higher. His 83.3% LOB is a good indicator of how much better Clarkin has been recently. Throw FIP and ERA out: LOB percentage is the key stat for a reliever, and Clarkin worked around trouble most of the time.


Winston-Salem Dash

Luis Gonzalez: .310 BA, 2 HR, 21 R, 15 RBI, 11 XBH, 14 BB, 17 K **August MVP**

Luis Robert: .224 BA, 15 R, 5 RBI, 6 XBH, 4 BB, 23 K, 6 SB

Blake Rutherford: .244 BA, 1 HR, 14 R, 10 RBI, 9 XBH, 8 BB, 22 K, 1 SB

Gavin Sheets: .313 BA, 1 HR, 9 R, 12 RBI, 5 XBH, 10 BB, 13 K

Laz Rivera: .295 BA, 3 HR, 11 R, 16 RBI, 6 XBH, 2 BB, 17 K, 2 SB

Lincoln Henzman: 14 23 IP, 3.51 FIP, 4.91 K/9, 3.07 BB/9

Alec Hansen: 12 IP, 4.71 FIP, 9.75 K/9, 10.50 BB/9

Blake Battenfield: 13 IP, 4.14 FIP, 4.15 K/9, 2.08 BB/9 (last start was August 10)

Tyler Johnson: 12 23 IP, 0.77 FIP, 12.79 K/9, 0.71 BB/9, 5 saves

Gavin Sheets is an enigma. His .360 wOBA is very good, 122 wRC+ is good, and 10.6% BB-rate and 16.4% K-rate are great. However, five home runs and an ISO of .107 is not good for a six-foot-four, 230-pound first baseman. It is even worse when most scouts say he has off-the-charts raw power that clearly has not turned into game power. Now, 35 total extra-base hits is not something to sneeze at, but that number should be closer to 50. Theoretically it is possible that Sheets crushed several balls off the wall and had to settle for singles, but five home runs proves his power is a real problem. I love James Loney as much as the next guy (wait, the next guy probably doesn’t love Loney at all), but Sheets should look to change some mechanical aspect with his swing or approach to tap into his raw power.


Kannapolis Intimidators

Justin Yurchak: .209 BA, 3 R, 2 RBI, 1 XBH, 5 BB, 5 K

Ian Dawkins: .256 BA, 1 HR, 5 R, 5 RBI, 4 XBH, 8 BB, 16 K, 4 SB

Steele Walker: .196 BA, 3 HR, 12 R, 16 RBI, 8 XBH, 6 BB, 25 K, 5 SB

Ramon Beltre: .215 BA, 1 HR, 10 R, 11 RBI, 6 XBH, 2 BB, 24 K

Luis Curbelo: .224 BA, 10 R, 4 RBI, 5 XBH, 5 BB, 38 K

Bennett Sousa: 14 13 IP, 2.57 FIP, 8.79 K/9, 2.51 BB/9, 1 save **August MVP**

Andrew Perez: 10 IP, 4.47 FIP, 9.00 K/9, 5.40 BB/9


Great Falls Voyagers

Lenyn Sosa: .255 BA, 16 R, 11 RBI, 5 XBH, 1 BB, 19 K, 2 SB

Romy Gonzalez: .253 BA, 7 HR, 19 R, 19 RBI, 16 XBH, 6 BB, 33 K, 3 SB **August MVP**

Gunnar Troutwine: .457 BA, 10 R, 10 RBI, 4 XBH, 6 BB, 8 K

Bryce Bush: .273 BA, 2 HR. 14 R, 8 RBI, 8 XBH, 8 BB, 16 K, 3 SB

Jonathan Stiever: 7 IP, 4.63 FIP, 12.86 K/9, 2.57 BB/9

Codi Heuer: 12 IP, 3.60 FIP, 9.00 K/9, 3.75 BB/9

Jason Bilous: 14 IP, 6.28 FIP, 7.07 K/9, 7.07 BB/9

Davis Martin: 13 IP, 4.04 FIP, 9.00 K/9, 2.08 BB/9

Konnor Pilkington: 8 IP, 5.35 FIP, 7.88 K/9, 3.38 BB/9


AZL White Sox

Harvin Mendoza: .305 BA, 8 R, 9 RBI, 3 XBH, 7 BB, 6 K, 2 SB

Camilo Quinteiro: .302 BA, 1 HR, 8 R, 4 RBI, 15 BB, 14 K, 2 SB

Ty Greene: .385 BA, 10 R, 7 RBI, 4 XBH, 8 BB, 3 K, 2 SB **August MVP**

Luis Mieses: .191 BA, 5 R, 5 RBI, 1 XBH, 2 BB, 16 K, 1 SB

Cabera Weaver: .267 BA, 9 R, 5 RBI, 4 XBH, 8 BB, 22 K, 4 SB

Lency Delgado: .213 BA, 4 R, 9 RBI, 1 XBH, 2 BB, 14 K, 1 SB

Brayan Herrera: 20 IP, 3.62 FIP, 6.75 K/9, 3.15 BB/9

Hunter Kiel: 3 23 IP, 4.62 FIP, 12.27 K/9, 9.82 BB/9


DSL White Sox

Jose Rodriguez: .307 BA, 13 R, 5 RBI, 6 XBH, 3 BB, 14 K, 9 SB **August MVP**

Harold Diaz: .293 BA, 4 R, 5 RBI, 6 XBH, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 SB

Sidney Pimentel: .167 BA, 2 HR, 7 R, 7 RBI, 2 XBH, 4 BB, 18 K, 2 SB

Francisco Benitez: 9 IP, 6.83 FIP, 6.00 K/9, 12.00 BB/9

Cristofer Melendez: 21 23 IP, 1.93 FIP, 13.29 K/9, 2.91 BB/9

Wilber Perez: 22 IP, 3.18 FIP, 9.00 K/9, 1.64 BB/9