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White Sox Minor League Update: July 23, 2021

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A lot of longballs, and even a few wins!

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The Yermín Mercedes Experience plows on, both good and bad.
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I’m sorry, but I’m going to start this summary talking about Yermín Mercedes, because there is something quite wrong with him, in his life, right now. He got the start tonight at DH, and homered on his second pitch back:

It would end up as the GWRBI in tonight’s shutout in Durham. In his second at-bat, Mercedes singled Eloy Jiménez over to third, thrown out trying to sneak to second on the hit. Mercedes finished 2-for-4 on the night, then posted this after the game:

Hopefully, the White Sox can get him some help.

Game-wise, it was another terrific outing from Mike Wright, who has been the dominant starter in Charlotte, not Jimmy Lambert, not Jonathan Stiever. Eloy Jiménez went 1-for-3 with a sacrifice fly and a single, as he continues his rehab assignment.

Poll

Charlotte shut out Durham on Friday, 4-0. Who was the Knights MVP?

This poll is closed

  • 38%
    Yermín Mercedes: 2-for-4, HR, R, RBI, LOB
    (42 votes)
  • 0%
    Matt Reynolds: 2-for-3, RBI, BB
    (0 votes)
  • 1%
    Nate Nolan: 3-for-4, R, K, LOB, 0-for-1 CS
    (2 votes)
  • 55%
    Mike Wright: 5 2⁄3 IP, 2 H, 3 BB, 7 K, WIN
    (60 votes)
  • 4%
    Nik Turley: 1 1⁄3 IP, 3 K, 19 pitches/14 strikes
    (5 votes)
109 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Charlotte shut out Durham on Friday, 4-0. Who was the Knights Cold Cat?

This poll is closed

  • 98%
    Jake Lamb: 0-for-5, 3 K, 3 LOB
    (63 votes)
  • 1%
    Mikie Mahtook: 1-for-4, 2 K, LOB
    (1 vote)
64 votes total Vote Now

Birmingham is starting to re-heat after a bit of malaise earlier this month. Tonight, it was the Joe DeCarlo show, with two homers. Tyler Neslony joined DeCarlo in the three-hit club, with almost all of the Barons offense supplied by this unlikely duo. B-ham’s pitching was just good enough, with the double-As in Double-A, Andrew Perez and Anderson Severino providing key sandwich-middle innings, taking four scoreless between them on one hit, a walk and six Ks.

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Birmingham stifled the Lookouts on Friday, 7-6. Who was the Barons MVP?

This poll is closed

  • 0%
    Xavier Fernández: 2-for-5, 2 R, K
    (0 votes)
  • 95%
    Joe DeCarlo: 3-for-5, 3 R, 3 RBI, 2 HR, K
    (63 votes)
  • 4%
    Tyler Neslony: 3-for-4, 2 RBI, K, 3 LOB
    (3 votes)
  • 0%
    Andrew Perez: 2 IP, H, BB, 3 K
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Anderson Severino: 2 IP, 3 K, WIN
    (0 votes)
66 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Birmingham stifled the Lookouts on Friday, 7-6. Who was the Barons Cold Cat?

This poll is closed

  • 50%
    John Parke: 4 IP, 7 H, 5 R/4 ER, BB, 3 K
    (28 votes)
  • 44%
    Romy González: 0-for-5, 2 K, 3 LOB
    (25 votes)
  • 3%
    Carlos Pérez: 0-for-5, K
    (2 votes)
  • 1%
    Ian Dawkins: 0-for-3, RBI, BB, 3 K, 3 LOB
    (1 vote)
56 votes total Vote Now

The offense came late for Winston-Salem, spotting Jersey Shore seven runs before cracking the bats outta cellophane to get to work. But it was too little too late, as Johan Dominguez got roughed up badly and infected the rest of the staff with earned runs; no Dash hurler escaped scoreless tonight. As with Birmingham, the offense came almost exclusively from two batters tonight, Gunnar Troutwine and Alex Destino.

Luis Robert got the night off during his rehab assignment.

Poll

The Dash couldn’t get it done on Friday. Who was their MVP?

This poll is closed

  • 37%
    Alex Destino: 2-for-3, 2 R, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, BB, RF assist to 2B
    (20 votes)
  • 62%
    Gunnar Troutwine: 3-for-4, R, HR, 3 RBI, K, LOB, PB
    (34 votes)
54 votes total Vote Now

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The Dash couldn’t get it done on Friday. Who was their Cold Cat?

This poll is closed

  • 91%
    Johan Dominguez: 4 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 2 HR, balk, LOSS
    (42 votes)
  • 6%
    Declan Cronin: 2 IP, H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, HR
    (3 votes)
  • 0%
    AJ Gill: 0-for-2, BB, 2 K
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Brandon Bossard: 0-for-3, BB, 2 K
    (0 votes)
  • 2%
    Lázaro Leal: 1-for-4, K, 2 LOB, E, CS
    (1 vote)
46 votes total Vote Now

What a miserable effort from Kanny tonight: two hits, no runs, 16 Ks, one walk, one extra-base hit. The only unquestionably good performance came from Karan Patel, who entered a 7-0 game and chucked two scoreless innings of three-hit ball, with four Ks.

Poll

Kannapolis got embarrassed again. Did they have an MVP?

This poll is closed

  • 35%
    Karan Patel: 2 IP, 3 H, 4 K
    (20 votes)
  • 64%
    Are you kidding me with this? Kannapolis is 22-48
    (37 votes)
57 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Kannapolis got embarrassed again. You can only name one Cold Cat.

This poll is closed

  • 11%
    Chase Solesky: 3 2⁄3 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, BB, 7 K, 2 HR, WP, HB, LOSS
    (6 votes)
  • 70%
    Ty Madrigal: 1 1⁄3 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, K, WP, HB
    (36 votes)
  • 0%
    Samil Polanco: 0-for-4, 2 K, LOB, E
    (0 votes)
  • 11%
    Bryan Ramos: 0-for-4, 3 K, LOB
    (6 votes)
  • 3%
    James Beard: 0-for-3, 3 K
    (2 votes)
  • 1%
    Caberea Weaver: 0-for-3, 2 K, 2 LOB
    (1 vote)
51 votes total Vote Now

MLB has shaved the minors down by a few dozen teams, but damned if it can provide a sufficient amount of information about their rookie league teams. Apparently the Royals and “MRN” managed to get a game in where no one else could. Rain? Wind? Snakes? Alien invasion? Burro rowdiness? We don’t know why the game wasn’t played. It just wasn’t played.


Both starters got knocked out of this game in the first inning, but somehow the clubs only traded a pair of runs for there, allowing San Diego’s one-run lead to hold up for another win (eight of nine!). The DSL White Sox slipped below .500 for the first time since Opening Day. Carlos Hinestroza had another impressive game closing things out for the White Sox; we’re just nine games in, but lil’ Los couldn’t have started his professional career out better. Alberto Bernal, in a continuing theme for the White Sox on Friday, provided all the offense for the DSL Sox, and doubled his fun by managing to avoid committing even one of the six errors committed by our youngsters in the D.R. today.

Poll

The DSL White Sox lost a squeaker to the Padres. Who was their MVP?

This poll is closed

  • 15%
    Carlos Hinestroza: 2 IP, 2 K
    (6 votes)
  • 81%
    Alberto Bernal: 2-for-4, 2B, 4 RBI, K
    (31 votes)
  • 2%
    Randel Mondesi: 2-for-4, R, 2 K, 2 LOB, E
    (1 vote)
38 votes total Vote Now

Poll

The DSL White Sox lost a close one to the DSL Friars. Who was the Sox Cold Cat?

This poll is closed

  • 68%
    Jorge Ferrer: 2⁄3 IP, 2 H, 4 R/1 ER, 3 BB, K, WP
    (20 votes)
  • 31%
    Arxy Hernández: 0-for-3, R, 2 K, 6 LOB, 2 E
    (9 votes)
29 votes total Vote Now