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White Sox Minor League Update: September 4, 2021

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Head above water for the system tonight, with Norge Vera blowing away hitters in the DSL, with Kade McClure at Triple-A not far behind.

Kade McClure earned his first career Triple-A win on Saturday.
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Kade McClure did not ask to be your top starting pitching prospect yet to see the majors, the attendant pressures attached and suffocating. Five innings tonight of homespun perfection, scarred only by two walks and two hits, both erased, and more, by six strikeouts. The victory a first at Triple-A, and the ERA tumbling below 7.00 ERA. Kade’s plan? Never shoot so high again.

Zack Collins did not ask to be your failed catching prospect. But tonight, under the softer lights of Charlotte, he catches. And as catcher, he catches his counterpart, Adley Rutschman on his arc to stardom, in a steal attempt. And adds something that has come so easy to him in his Charlotte time, a home run. Chicago risks burning an option unnecessarily by letting Zack languish as Knight; September 4, and still, he lingers.

Yermín Mercedes did not ask to be your troubled prospect. A mere 8-for-8 to begin 2021 on the brightest stage imaginable, and countless Breaking Tees to validate him. Three safeties tonight, swelled box score numbers, flawless fielding not as backstop but as first-base stump. Yermín has options. Yermín may yet be back in future.

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On September 4, Charlotte declared victory. Who was the MVP?

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  • 59%
    Kade McClure: 5 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 6 K, WIN, also tweeted if he had it to do all over again he’d play football at a power 5 conference instead of baseball
    (51 votes)
  • 6%
    Jace Fry: IP, 3 K, SAVE
    (6 votes)
  • 26%
    Yermín Mercedes: 3-for-4, LOB
    (23 votes)
  • 5%
    Matt Reynolds: 2-for-3, 2B, RBI, BB, LOB, E
    (5 votes)
  • 1%
    Ti’quan Forbes: 1-for-3, 2 R, BB, K, LOB, E
    (1 vote)
86 votes total Vote Now

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On September 4, Charlotte declared victory. Who was the Cold Cat?

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  • 76%
    Mikie Mahtook: 0-for-5, K, 5 LOB
    (52 votes)
  • 5%
    Zack Collins: 1-for-5, R, HR, RBI, 3 K, LOB
    (4 votes)
  • 17%
    Evan Marshall: 1⁄3 IP, 2 H, ER, BB, K, HOLD
    (12 votes)
68 votes total Vote Now

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Saturday was a doubleheader sweep for Birmingham. Who was the MVP of the opener?

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  • 0%
    Ofriedy Gómez: 2 IP, 2 BB, 2 K
    (0 votes)
  • 90%
    Carlos Pérez: 4-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, HR
    (49 votes)
  • 9%
    Lenyn Sosa: 2-for-3, R, HR, 2 RBI, E
    (5 votes)
54 votes total Vote Now

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Saturday was a doubleheader sweep for Birmingham. Who was the Cold Cat of the opener?

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  • 15%
    Brian Glowicki: 1 1⁄3 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, HOLD
    (7 votes)
  • 79%
    Tyler Neslony: 0-for-4, 2 K, 4 LOB, E
    (35 votes)
  • 4%
    Mitch Roman: 2-for-3, 2 K, 2 LOB, RF assist at 3B
    (2 votes)
44 votes total Vote Now

The ghost of Bernie Madoff shadows AT&T Field, as a minority owner of the Lookouts hexes his club with a Ponzi scheme that has raised more than $100 million from 400 investors. Of course, number among those the elderly and the desperate, as these schemes always do. With two losses tonight, Chattanooga falls perilously toward .500, and though the city has its charms, no amount of gentle gametime breezes buffeting a 76 degree September Saturdays should save this team from leaving 2021 with a stain. Bully to the Barons for slapping two such stains on it tonight, suffocating the Lookouts over 14 innings with only seven hits, and four runs. Carlos Pérez may not know high finance from QVC (or: he may), but he tarred the bejeezus outta the ball in the opener and further asserts himself as the catching hope of the Chicago White Sox system.

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Saturday was a doubleheader sweep for Birmingham. Who was the MVP of the nightcap?

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  • 72%
    Davis Martin: 5 IP, H, BB, 5 K, 2 HB, WP, WIN
    (39 votes)
  • 20%
    Alec Hansen: 2 IP, H, 2 BB, 4 K
    (11 votes)
  • 3%
    Jameson Fisher: 2-for-3, R, RBI, BB
    (2 votes)
  • 3%
    Jagger Rusconi: 2-for-3, R, 2 RBI
    (2 votes)
54 votes total Vote Now

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Saturday was a doubleheader sweep for Birmingham. Who was the Cold Cat of the nightcap?

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  • 5%
    Lenyn Sosa: 0-for-3, R, BB, 2 K, 3 LOB
    (2 votes)
  • 95%
    Ian Dawkins: 0-for-3, 3 K, 4 LOB
    (38 votes)
  • 0%
    Joe DeCarlo: 1-for-4, K, 4 LOB
    (0 votes)
40 votes total Vote Now

Alas, sweet Dash, your bats slumber throughout the day and arise too late to send ripples through Rome. Karan Patel, either shifting to starter or simply eating innings as the season grows short (mayn’t I mention there is much talk of sparing starters’ arms, meanwhile the bullpen hurlers are just thrown out for an inning a game as the season stretches to September, ruff), made a case for remaining in the bullpen, with the loss. Jesse Franklin V, and boy that’s a suffix you don’t see on baseball cards often, but then, not many families can trace their histories back to immigrating to Seattle on foot over the land bridge tracing the Aleutian Trench from Asia like the Franklins can, notched both his 23rd home run and 18th stolen base for Rome in the nightcap, so thank goodness we have our own Romy González on the White Sox.

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Saturday was another loss for Winston-Salem. Who was the MVP?

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  • 2%
    McKinley Moore: IP, H
    (1 vote)
  • 36%
    José Rodríguez: 2-for-4, 2B, E
    (18 votes)
  • 50%
    Gunnar Troutwine: 2-for-3, BB
    (25 votes)
  • 10%
    Luis Curbelo: 1-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI, K
    (5 votes)
  • 2%
    Travis Moniot: 1-for-2, LF assist at 3B
    (1 vote)
50 votes total Vote Now

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Saturday was another loss for Winston-Salem. Who was the Cold Cat?

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  • 23%
    Duke Ellis: 0-for-4, 3 K, 3 LOB
    (9 votes)
  • 0%
    Lázaro Leal: 0-for-4, 2 K, 4 LOB
    (0 votes)
  • 5%
    Caberea Weaver: 0-for-2, 2 K, 2 LOB
    (2 votes)
  • 0%
    Alex Destino: 1-for-4, R, 2 K, 3 LOB, GIDP
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Jeremiah Burks: 0-for-2, R, BB, K, 3 LOB, picked off 1B/CS
    (0 votes)
  • 71%
    Karan Patel: 3 1/3, IP, 7 H, 5 ER, BB, 4 K, LOSS
    (28 votes)
39 votes total Vote Now

The first major league baseball player from Kannapolis was Dixie Upright, and if you think Dixie Upright is simply an invention to avoid discussion of a 32-75 2021 Cannon Ballers team that would long have been loaded onto a boat a set afire by the norsemen of yore, feel as free as your subscription to these detailed updates. Upright was once even property of our Chicago White Sox, but saw his only Show action in 1953 for the St. Louis Browns, during which he hit one home run in eight at-bats, and that off of Hall-of-Famer Bob Lemon, who preceded Tony La Russa as both White Sox manager and as Hall-of-Famer Baseball Person. The White Sox and Frankie Lane got the best of the swap out of Upright, pulling in Fred Marsh, a nondescript third sacker who nonetheless authored a 1.2 bWAR season for the Go-Gos in 1954 over just 62 games.

On the boat aflame, Kanny managed just two hits. Gavin Alston Jr. stood as a lone hero, tugging his ERA down closer to six with three scoreless innings to finish out a lifeless game.

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Saturday was another loss for Kannapolis. Who was the MVP?

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  • 43%
    Garvin Alston Jr.: 3 IP, H, 2 K
    (18 votes)
  • 17%
    Wilber Sánchez: 1-for-2, R, K, 2 SB
    (7 votes)
  • 34%
    Dixie Upright: cool name, homered off of Bob Lemon
    (14 votes)
  • 4%
    Fred Marsh: played for the Go-Gos
    (2 votes)
41 votes total Vote Now

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Saturday was another loss for Kannapolis. Who was the Cold Cat?

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  • 69%
    Martin Carrasco: 5 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, K, 2 HR, pickoff at 1B, HB, LOSS
    (23 votes)
  • 27%
    Shawn Goosenberg: 0-for-4, 3 K, 2 LOB
    (9 votes)
  • 0%
    Bryan Ramos: 0-for-3, 2 K, LOB
    (0 votes)
  • 3%
    Samil Polanco: 0-for-4, K, 2 LOB
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Jayson González: 0-for-3, 2 K, LOB
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Misael González: 0-for-3, 2 K, LOB
    (0 votes)
33 votes total Vote Now

You might excuse the surrender of 13 runs, packed almost entirely into three crooked frames, in 106 degrees. However, the villainous Dodgers played in the same 106 degrees.

You might excuse the a 13-0 whitewashing as nervous road jitters, as the ACL White Sox were the visitors for tonight’s walloping. But no, this game was played at the home ranch of Camelback, so the cinnamon rolls, mashed potatoes, Red Bulls and chipotle sunflower seeds all were de rigueur for Glendale denizens.

You might excuse this shutout as a product of scalded pills sent through infields and outfields alike, squelched by the impenetrable Dodgers defense, but there was hardly room for any balls in play among 18 strikeouts, with Benyamín Bailey tugging on the sombrero.

Rest, hydrate, switch to a different seed flavor, Complexers, and do better on the baseball lord’s day.

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Saturday, in the dry heat, the ACL White Sox got trounced. Who was the MVP?

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  • 60%
    Haylen Green: 2 IP, H, 5 K
    (25 votes)
  • 9%
    Anthony Espinoza: 1-for-3, BB, K, SB
    (4 votes)
  • 29%
    The 106-degree thermometer
    (12 votes)
41 votes total Vote Now

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Saturday, in the dry heat, the ACL White Sox got trounced. Who was the Cold Cat in the dry heat?

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  • 8%
    Noah Owen: 3 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, BB, 2 K, HR, LOSS
    (3 votes)
  • 34%
    Johnny Ray: 1⁄3 IP, H, 4 ER, 3 BB, K, 2 WP
    (12 votes)
  • 0%
    Brandon Jenkins: 1 2⁄3 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, 2 K
    (0 votes)
  • 14%
    Deivi Diaz: 1⁄3 IP, 3 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 WP
    (5 votes)
  • 40%
    Benyamín Bailey: 0-for-4, 4 K, 2 LOB
    (14 votes)
  • 2%
    Elijah Tatís: 0-for-3, 2 K, 2 LOB,
    (1 vote)
35 votes total Vote Now

The DSL Nattys suffered five errors and two passed balls, which for this most elementary professional league would not necessarily be notable but for the DSL Chisox avoiding either malady. However, the sole Chicago DSL team couldn’t sidestep ignominy entirely, as 1-for-13 with RISP indicates this final could have be a 12- or 13-run rout, and given WDC a chance to fumble more batted balls or pitches. Norge Vera has shooken off his sore shoulder (we have the explanation of his delay to 2021, finally) for his longest professional outing, three innings, and if not for a ground ball to shortstop midway through the outing, every out would have come stamped K.

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Saturday, the DSL White Sox had a really nice win. Who was the MVP?

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  • 9%
    Washington’s shoddy defense: 5 E, 2 PB
    (6 votes)
  • 78%
    Norge Vera: 3 IP, 2 H, 8 K
    (51 votes)
  • 9%
    Manuel Veloz: 5 IP, 4 H, 5 K, WIN
    (6 votes)
  • 0%
    Luis Pineda: 1-for-4, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI, LOB, CS
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Fernando Vargas: 2-for-4, K, CS
    (0 votes)
  • 3%
    Juan Mercedes: 2-for-3, R, BB, K, LOB
    (2 votes)
  • 0%
    Godwin Bennett: 2-for-4, 2B, RBI, K, 2 LOB
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Alvaro Aguero: 2-for-5, R, 3B, 2 K, 4 LOB
    (0 votes)
65 votes total Vote Now

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Saturday, the DSL White Sox had a really nice win. Who was the Cold Cat?

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  • 97%
    Cesar Jiménez: 0-for-5, 4 K, 5 LOB
    (33 votes)
  • 2%
    Layant Tapia: 0-for-4, R, 2 K, 2 LOB
    (1 vote)
34 votes total Vote Now