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White Sox Minor League Update: June 18, 2019

Luis Robert is an All-Star among All-Stars, and several very young professional athletes hit well

See ball, hit ball: See base, take base; Luis Robert picked up two extra-base hits in the Southern League All-Star Game.
Hannah Stone/@BhamBarons

Syracuse Mets 4, Charlotte Knights 3 — 10 innings

Ross Detwiler: 7 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HBP
Connor Walsh: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K (L, 1-1)
Adam Engel (CF): 3-for-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K , 2 SB **MVP**
Jon Jay (RF): 1-for-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI
Matt Skole (DH): 2-for-4, 1 BB
Daniel Palka (1B): 3-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B
Seby Zavala (C): 3-for-5, 1 RBI, 1 K
Danny Mendick (2B): 1-for-5, 1 2B, 1 K

Adam Engel hit his fourth home run in nine games and stole two bases, but not even that combined with Charlotte’s 13 overall hits could get them a win. Ross Detwiler threw his fifth quality start in seven games with the organization and Jimmy Cordero threw two solid innings, but Connor Walsh blew it in the 10th. A runner was placed on second to start the inning, pursuant to the runner-placed-on-second-to-start-the-inning-in-extras rule, and Walsh allowed a double to score that runner.

Charlotte scored one in the first, Engel singling to start the inning off and Jon Jay, who has now played in 12 rehab games, doubling him in. Seby Zavala added a second run, knocking in Palka after his 11th double, and Engel’s eighth-inning home run wrapped up scoring for the Knights. They left 13 on base and went 2-for-17 with runners in scoring position.

Southern League All-Star Game — North Division 7, South Division 3

Luis Robert (CF): 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 RBI **Literally MVP**
Yermin Mercedes (PH-C): 1-for-2, 1 K
Kyle Kubat (RP, sixth inning): 1 IP, 1 K, 10 pitches/nine strikes*

Luis Robert, the greatest baseball player of all time, got his groove back on a bigger stage on Tuesday, hitting a double and a triple in the Southern League All-Star Game. Both hits knocked in runs, contributing to a 7-3 North victory (what else is new). Yermin Mercedes appeared, singled, and made it to second base before being stranded there, hopefully not forever. Robert was awarded the All-Star Game MVP Award, which will look nice next to his White Sox World Series MVP Trophy next year.

*unless both me (BB) and Julie are crazy, Kubat was not listed in the box score last night. I’d seen this tweet:

and thought, wait, did Kubat pitch or is he just riffing off the fact that he didn’t get in the game? I didn’t think Julie missed it, but my job is to check that stuff out. Nope. He wasn’t in the box score. So, miraculously, the day after, Kubat’s terrific sixth inning appeared ...

Carolina League All-Star Game — Northern Division 8, Southern Division 7

John Parke: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
Will Kincanon: ⅔ IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 0 K
Zach Remillard (SS): 0-for-5, 2 K
Jameson Fisher (1B): 0-for-1, 1 BB, 1 K

On average, it was a below-average night for the Dash All-Stars. John Parke put up the numbers that got him there, allowing a baserunner but no runs; the other three did not fare so well. Will Kincanon gave up the first through fourth runs of the game for the South Division, Zach Remillard went hitless in five at-bats, and he and Jameson Fisher both struck out swinging with one man on in the ninth, just before Astros prospect Corey Julks went deep to bring the South within one to no avail.

South Atlantic League All-Star Game — North Division 6, South Division 2

Johan Dominguez: ⅔ IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K
Ian Dawkins (LF): 0-for-5, 2 K

Ian Dawkins showed none of the incredible on-base ability that’s led to his .338/.407/.450 season line. Saving it all for regular season play … fair enough. Johan Dominguez entered in the ninth inning for the North, got two quick outs, and was replaced.

Great Falls Voyagers 8, Billings Mustangs 7

Dan Metzdorf: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
Felix Mercedes: 3 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K (H, 1)
Caberea Weaver (CF): 0-for-7, 4 K
Kelvin Maldonado (SS): 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K
Luis Mieses (RF): 2-for-6, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
Harvin Mendoza (DH): 1-for-5, 1 K
Lency Delgado (3B): 0-for-4, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 E
Jakob Goldfarb (C): 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 E
Anderson Comas (LF): 2-for-6, 2 RBI, 2 K **MVP**
Sam Abbott (1B): 2-for-3, 2 R, 3 BB
Camilo Quintero (2B): 0-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K

Fifth-rounder Dan Metzdorf gave up one run and struck out three in his first two professional innings and Felix Mercedes threw three innings of one-hit, one-run ball in his first appearance since 2017, but it almost wasn’t enough to seal the deal in the Voyagers’ 11-inning, 8-7 win over Billings on Tuesday. The fourth game of the young Voyagers season was a see-sawing, back-and-forth affair, the Mustangs tying it in the ninth, the Voyagers going ahead in the 10th, the Mustangs tying it again in the 10th, the Voyagers scoring two in the 11th to stave off a one-run comeback in the bottom of the inning. Seventh-rounder Karan Patel picked up both the blown save and the win, allowing two unearned runs to score over his two innings and giving up no hits.

The Voyagers were a dismal 2-for-22 with runners in scoring position. Caberea Weaver, the 19-year-old seventh-rounder from 2018, struck out four times while going hitless in seven at-bats, and 2018 fourth-rounder Lency Delgado also went hitless, although he drew a walk. In the 11th, Luis Mieses was placed on second, Harvin Mendoza walked, and Lency Delgado loaded the bases with a sacrifice bunt, hold the sacrifice, as he reached on an error. Anderson Comas singled in two runs to put the Voyagers ahead for good.

AZL Dodgers 6, AZL White Sox 3

Jeremiah Burke: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K
James Beard (CF): 2-for-4, 2 K, 1 PO
Harold Diaz (2B): 1-for-4, 2 K, 1 SB
Bryan Ramos (DH): 0-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K
DJ Gladney (3B): 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 3 K
Tyler Osik (1B): 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K **MVP**
Anthony Coronado (LF): 1-for-2, 2 BB
Sidney Pimentel (SS): 1-for-4, 1 RBI, 2 K
Gabriel Ortiz (C): 2-for-4, 1 2B, 1 K, 2 PB

Justin Friedman (26th round) gave up four runs over two innings and Tyson Messer (ninth round) added two more in just ⅔ of an inning to give the AZL White Sox their second straight loss, a losing streak encompassing the whole season. Fourth-rounder James Beard picked up his first two professional hits and got his first professional pickoff out of the way. DJ Gladney, the 17-year-old 16th-rounder, hit a triple and scored on 27th-rounder Tyler Osik’s single in the second inning. Anthony Coronado followed with a single and 2018 19th-round pick Gabriel Ortiz singled the bases loaded. Misael Gonzalez, this year’s 12th-round pick, walked to force in a run, giving the AZL Sox a 2-0 lead. The other Sox run came in the eighth on a Sidney Pimentel single, knocking in 17-year-old Bryan Ramos, who walked.

DSL White Sox 13, DSL Padres 9

Francisco Benitez: 2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP
Erick Perez: 2 ⅔ IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HBP
Wilber Sánchez (SS): 1-for-4, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 SB
Anthony Espinoza (2B): 2-for-4, 4 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Jhoneiker Betancourt (DH): 4-for-5, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB **MVP**
Matthew Mercedes (1B): 2-for-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI
Johnabiell Laureano (CF): 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB
Richard Garcia (C): 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 RBI
Juan Mercedes (LF): 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
Edwin Peralta (3B): 2-for-5, 1 K

Seven DSL Sox had multi-hit games as the team came back from an 8-4 deficit through three innings to win 13-9. Jhoneiker Betancourt led the offensive charge with four hits and is now 8-for-15 on the season, his third in affiliated ball. One was the first Sox hit in the first inning, followed by a Matthew Mercedes RBI double. Another doubled Anthony Espinoza to third; both scored on a M. Mercedes single. His third hit was a fifth-inning single, soon to be erased in a double play, and the final hit was a seventh-inning RBI single, scoring Espinoza, who reached on an error.

Francisco Benitez, in his second season of DSL play, departed in the top of the third after allowing a single and walk and hitting a batter with a pitch. Cristopher Valdez relieved him, allowed all runners to score, and added two of his own. Erick Perez was impressive out of the bullpen, only getting two outs not via strikeout. Frander Veras pitched two scoreless innings for the win. Edgar Navarro gave up one run in two innings, striking out five and getting the save.