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White Sox Minor League Update: June 17, 2021

The farm totals eight home runs, including five from the Knights alone

Jake Burger, #78, in a White Sox uniform batting from behind, looking left
Jake Burger is one position closer to a combo meal, as the power-hitting second baseman went deep tonight (with a cast of thousands).
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It was dinger city for the Knights on Thursday, half of their 10 hits landing over the fence, and Mikie Mahtook was their dinger king. After homering Tuesday and sitting Wednesday, he came back to double that output, hitting his seventh and eighth of the year en route to a 9-3 win over the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp.

Tim Beckham also has a strong claim to the dinger throne, and indeed now leads the team with nine. While he only went deep once tonight, he’s had an incredible June when it comes to damaging baseballs: even before going 2-for-3 with a walk tonight, he was batting .300/.317/.875 (!!!) over the 11 games he’s played this month, with eight of his nine homers coming in that span. Nate Nolan and Jake Burger also went deep, bringing us to …

… It was also Jake Burger Plays Second Base City, as Jake Burger manned the keystone for the first time in his professional career. It went more than OK, as he was the pivot on a double play and ably handled all six chances he had.

On the mound, Mike Wright continued his season-long stretch of two-runs-or-less starts. He threw six strong tonight, allowing two runs on just five hits. He’s up to 42 ⅔ innings on the season; he’s walked as many as he’s allowed to cross the plate, 11 each. Kodi Medeiros gave up a run in an inning of relief, which he had room to do due to the Knights leading 7-2 at the time. Connor Sadzeck and Nik Turley each pitched a scoreless inning; Turley has now appeared in 13 games, but has only allowed runs in two of them, giving him a 1.98 ERA over 12 ⅔ innings.

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Who was the Knights MVP?

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  • 42%
    Mikie Mahtook: 2-for-4, 2 HR, 2 R, 5 RBI, K
    (44 votes)
  • 11%
    Tim Beckham: 2-for-3, HR, 3 R, RBI, BB, K
    (12 votes)
  • 32%
    Jake Burger: 1-for-4, HR, R, 2 RBI, 2 K
    (33 votes)
  • 0%
    Nate Nolan: 1-for-4, HR, R, RBI, 2 K
    (0 votes)
  • 13%
    Mike Wright: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, BB, 6 K, E (W)
    (14 votes)
103 votes total Vote Now

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Who was the Knights Cold Cat?

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  • 22%
    Luis González: 0-for-2, 2 BB
    (15 votes)
  • 63%
    Matt Reynolds: 1-for-4, 2 K
    (42 votes)
  • 13%
    Kodi Medeiros: IP, H, R, 0 BB, 2 K
    (9 votes)
66 votes total Vote Now

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The Barons got stomped. Blake Battenfield, who’d been pitching well this season with one or two hiccups, allowed seven runs in 4 ⅔. He was the lone Baron to give up a run, but the damage was done, as the team only mustered four hits. Two doubles belonged to Craig Dedelow, who’s now batting .272/.324/.504 over 33 games, and Ti’Quan Forbes, who’s at .296/.348/.456. Two singles came off the bats of Carlos Pérez and Micker Adolfo.

At least the bullpen had a strong night: Bennett Sousa, ever reliable, threw 1 ⅓ scoreless, then Luis Ledo and Andrew Perez shut it down with no further damage.

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Who was the Barons MVP?

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  • 2%
    Craig Dedelow: 1-for-4, 2B, R, 3 K
    (1 vote)
  • 60%
    Ti’Quan Forbes: 1-for-3, 2B, RBI, 2 K
    (25 votes)
  • 36%
    Bennett Sousa: 1 ⅓ IP, 2 H, 0 R, BB, K
    (15 votes)
41 votes total Vote Now

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Who was the Barons Cold Cat?

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  • 84%
    Blake Battenfield: 4 ⅔ IP, 9 H, 7 R, 0 BB, 3 K (L)
    (37 votes)
  • 2%
    Zack Granite: 0-for-4, 2 K
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Romy González: 0-for-4, 2 K
    (0 votes)
  • 13%
    Mitch Roman: 0-for-3, 2 K, E
    (6 votes)
44 votes total Vote Now

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Tyler Osik and Travis Moniot both went deep to keep Winston-Salem in the win column on Thursday. It was Osik’s first of the year and Moniot’s fourth. Osik and Lenyn Sosa both had multi-hit games, and Yolbert Sánchez went 0-for-4 from the leadoff spot but did walk and score a run. Duke Ellis singled and stole his 13th base of the year, good for second in the Carolina … in the High-A East League. Luis Curbelo had the day off.

Kaleb Roper made his second appearance and first start of the season; while he allowed two runs over three innings, he also struck out six and walked none. Both hits he allowed were solo home runs. In relief, Sal Biasi allowed another solo shot, then Dan Metzdorf pitched three scoreless innings (also striking out six) and Caleb Freeman pesticided or whatever the Grasshoppers with two scoreless of his own to close it out. Freeman is up to 15 ⅓ innings; he’s struck out 18 and walked 9 with a 2.93 ERA.

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Who was the Dash MVP?

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  • 64%
    Tyler Osik: 2-for-3, HR, R, 2 RBI, BB, K
    (29 votes)
  • 2%
    Travis Moniot: 1-for-5, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, K
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Lenyn Sosa: 2-for-4, 2 K, E
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Duke Ellis: 1-for-3, BB, SB
    (0 votes)
  • 33%
    Dan Metzdorf: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K (W)
    (15 votes)
45 votes total Vote Now

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Who was the Dash Cold Cat?

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  • 5%
    Yolbert Sánchez: 0-for-4, R, RBI, BB, K
    (2 votes)
  • 91%
    Alex Destino: 0-for-4, 2 K
    (34 votes)
  • 2%
    Evan Skoug: 0-for-3, BB, K
    (1 vote)
37 votes total Vote Now

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If today’s game was painful for the Cannon Ballers, it only was because they had three guys hit by pitches. Chase Krogman, Bryan Ramos, and Daniel Millwee all finished the game just fine, a 5-3 come-from-behind victory over the Down East Wood Ducks (where even is “Down East,” anyway). Harvin Mendoza hit a dong on his way to a 3-for-4 day that also included a double, and Ramos and Millwee both doubled as well. Ramos’ two-hit day raises his line to .243/.357/.429, with … most of the heavy lifting there done in the last three or so weeks. Over his last 20 games going into today’s, he was batting .276/.378/.579 with five home runs, six doubles, a triple, and 11 walks to 18 strikeouts, all huge improvements over his early-season numbers. He manned second base today, his first time in the field since May 18.

José Rodríguez took an ugly 0-for-5 with four strikeouts, but he’s allowed to have an off-day or two after carrying the team through May.

Chase Solesky got the start and pitched five innings, allowing three runs, walking none and striking out five. Homer Cruz made his first org appearance since pitching for the DSL Sox in 2019, earning the win over 1 ⅔ scoreless, hitless innings in which he walked two and struck out three. He becomes the 10th individual Cannon Baller with a win (and yes, they have 10 wins). Tyson Messer was also good, and McKinley Moore was also good. The Ballers are now 8-6 in June, with two separate three-game winning streaks, including the one they currently find themselves on.

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Who was the Cannon Ballers MVP?

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  • 88%
    Harvin Mendoza: 3-for-4, HR, 2B, 3 R, RBI
    (37 votes)
  • 4%
    Bryan Ramos: 2-for-4, 2B, R, HBP, GIDP
    (2 votes)
  • 4%
    Daniel Millwee: 2-for-3, 2B, R, RBI, K, PB
    (2 votes)
  • 0%
    James Beard: 1-for-4, RBI, K
    (0 votes)
  • 2%
    Luis Mieses: 1-for-5, RBI, K
    (1 vote)
42 votes total Vote Now

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Who was the Cannon Ballers Cold Cat?

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  • 91%
    José Rodriguez: 0-for-5, 4 K
    (34 votes)
  • 8%
    DJ Gladney: 0-for-5, 3 K
    (3 votes)
  • 0%
    Caberea Weaver: 0-for-4, BB, 2 K
    (0 votes)
37 votes total Vote Now