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White Sox Minor League Update: September 26-28

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At least the DSL entry is fighting for .500.

Kaleb Roper’s mercurial climb up the White Sox system had another jump on Sunday, as he threw one inning, with three Ks.
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It wasn’t as scheduled, but apparently I am writing up the last three days of games, which due to the odd, end-of-season schedule saw Triple-A only active on Sunday, DSL on Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday’s update, from Joe, should feature scheduled games from both leagues, as we near the final end of the minor league season, this weekend.


Charlotte is now 31 games worse than .500, and as much as you might claim that all the major league talent has graduated, that’s untrue. Jimmy Lambert is the White Sox’s No. 7 starter. Gavin Sheets played half a season here. Jake Burger nearly a whole season. Mikie Mahtook, without even sniffing the majors, clubbed a ton of homers. Romy González has graced the past few weeks, and in the first half, Tim Beckham starred. There have been rehab efforts from Eloy Jiménez, Luis Robert, Adam Engel and others. One of Zack Collins, Yermín Mercedes, and Zack Collins — and now, late, perhaps the new hope for future catching, Carlos Pérez is a Knight — pretty much caught every game there. The pen, though not proven, boasted major league experience, and hopefuls.

Simply put, 31 games under is a failure for the Knights this season. Sunday’s loss is indicative of the season: a ton of Ks from the offense, few walks (10 and 0, respectively) and not many hits (six).

Aaron McRae, who started this season on the White Sox’s 40-man roster, filled no productive role for the team in 2021, whether in Chicago or Charlotte. He fell to 2-9 with a season- and probably White Sox career-ending effort of four earned and nine hits over 13 outs.

Poll

On Sunday, Charlotte lost again. Who was their MVP?

This poll is closed

  • 63%
    Kaleb Roper: IP, 3 K
    (40 votes)
  • 17%
    Carl Edwards Jr.: IP, 2 K
    (11 votes)
  • 1%
    Marco Hernández: 1-for-3, LOB
    (1 vote)
  • 17%
    Danny Mendick: 1-for-4, 2B, RBI, K
    (11 votes)
63 votes total Vote Now

Poll

On Sunday, Charlotte lost again. Who was their Cold Cat?

This poll is closed

  • 70%
    Aaron McRae: 4 1⁄3 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, HB, LOSS
    (35 votes)
  • 20%
    Hunter Schryver: IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
    (10 votes)
  • 10%
    Carlos Pérez: 0-for-4, 3 LOB, PB, 1-for-2 CS
    (5 votes)
50 votes total Vote Now

The numbers don’t look great, but still somewhat of a hard-luck loss for Manuel Veloz on Monday, with a long (seven-inning) outing and racking up eight Ks. But, a little too much run leakage and not enough support from the offense (13 Ks, aggregate 20 LOB, 1-for-10 with RISP).

You could call this a typical DSL inning, but that might even be pushing it. The game started with a walk to Alvaro Aguero, and he promptly stole second base. Layant Tapia also walked, and with runners on first and second, Carlos Jiménez tripled them in, then scored a Little League inside-the-parker when the second baseman’s relay throw to get Jiménez at third base sailed for an error.

Then, the next three DSL Sox batters struck out, and basically the offense shut down for the rest of the game.

Poll

The offense snoozed through the DSL White Sox’s 5-4 loss to Cincy on Monday. Who was our MVP?

This poll is closed

  • 0%
    Alvaro Aguero: 0-for-3, R, BB, K, 2 LOB, SB, CF assist at home plate, GIDP
    (0 votes)
  • 20%
    Layant Tapia: 1-for-3, 3B, R, BB, 2 K, 3 LOB, SB
    (5 votes)
  • 76%
    Carlos Jiménez: 1-for-4, R, 3B, 3 RBI, 2 LOB
    (19 votes)
  • 4%
    Carlos Gomez: 1-for-3, R, BB, K, 2 LOB
    (1 vote)
25 votes total Vote Now

Poll

The offense snoozed through the DSL White Sox’s 5-4 loss to Cincy on Monday. Who was our Cold Cat?

This poll is closed

  • 4%
    Miguel Toribio: IP, H, ER, 2 K, HR
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Luis Pineda: 1-for-4, 2 K, 2 LOB, 2-for-4 CS
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Cesar Jiménez: 0-for-3, BB, K, 3 LOB
    (0 votes)
  • 95%
    Victor Quezada: 0-for-5, 3 K, 3 LOB
    (21 votes)
22 votes total Vote Now

A much nicer outcome on Tuesday, as the White Sox evened this home-and-home with Cincy (cute to coincide with their two-game series in the majors this week), 3-1. As the White Sox did on Monday on the road, Cincinnati jumped out to a first-inning lead, then shut its offense down the rest of the game. (To be fair, the run scored on Emerson Talavera’s throwing error on a pickoff attempt at third base, oof, so Cincy’s offense never really got started at all, despite seven hits.)

HELLUVA pitching effort from Daniel González and my personal pick to click this season who is not Norge Vera, Carlos Hinestroza. Guessing this was Hinestroza’s longest outing of his career (2021 is his first season, filling mostly a closer role) and he wasy dynamite with three scoreless innings giving up just one hit. Layant Tapia’s double provided the eventual winning margin, knocking in two in the seventh.

Poll

Hey, Tuesday brought a 3-1 win over Cincy. Who was the DSL Sox MVP?

This poll is closed

  • 56%
    Daniel González: 4 IP, 3 H, BB, 4 K
    (13 votes)
  • 26%
    Carlos Hinestroza: 3 IP, H, K, WIN
    (6 votes)
  • 13%
    Layant Tapia: 2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI, K, LOB
    (3 votes)
  • 4%
    Manuel Guariman: 2-for-4, 2B, K, LOB, PB, 2-for-3 CS
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Alvaro Aguero: 1-for-3, 2 R, BB, K
    (0 votes)
23 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Hey, Tuesday brought a 3-1 win over Cincy. Who was the DSL Sox Cold Cat?

This poll is closed

  • 21%
    Emerson Talavera: 2 IP, 3 H, R, 3 BB, 2 K, run-scoring E
    (4 votes)
  • 10%
    Javier Mora: 0-for-3, BB, 2 K, LOB
    (2 votes)
  • 68%
    Carlos Jiménez: 0-for-4, K, 4 LOB
    (13 votes)
19 votes total Vote Now