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South Side Sox on the Farm Podcast 19 — 2021 Charlotte Knights Review

Darren Black talks with Brett Ballantini about the Triple-A team with a terrible record — but blue-chip prospects feeding the White Sox.

Laura Wolff/Charlotte Knights and Sean Williams/South Side Sox

Darren Black and Brett Ballantini are back “on the Farm,” with a weeklong wrap-up of the White Sox system.

First up are the Charlotte Knights, and Darren’s season review piece is live alongside this podcast.

While the Knights were stunningly bad, with the very worst record in all of Triple-A, several successful prospects were shipped up from North Carolina to make an impact on the 2021 White Sox.

Here’s how we broke down this 47-81 club:

  • It would have been a neck-and-neck battle for team MVP, but Gavin Sheets’ success in Chicago left the crown to Jake Burger
  • Lost in the incredible start and strange in-season Tony La Russa and retirement dramas are the fact that Yermín Mercedes had his worst season in a long time — at the wrong time
  • Shout-out to Mike Wright Jr. and John Parke!
  • Darren’s gentle reminder: Triple-A records mean nothing

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