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White Sox Minor League Update: July 25, 2023

This year’s draft class starts to enter the ranks, with Jacob González making his pro debut. Otherwise, good pitching reigns thanks to Josimar Cousins, Jared Kelley, and Drew McDaniel

Jacob González walked twice in his professional debut, in a 6-1 ACL loss on Monday.
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If the White Sox really tear down the big club, this is not the game for you to look at from a pitching perspective. That starter, Mike Mayers, did not get out of the third inning. He struggled with getting Triple-A bats out, with six hits allowed over five outs. Rehabbing (?) Jimmy Lambert gave up three runs to end the game, and lost Charlotte’s lead.

It was a bit better on the offensive end. Again, a lot depends on how deep this trade deadline cuts, but Lenyn Sosa had a couple of hits. Víctor Reyes might see some August and September time if some outfielders leave the organization, and had a couple hits as well. For the big days in the batter’s box, let’s start with Clint Frazier, somebody who should for sure see Chicago again. His lone hit was a solo shot.

Tyler Neslony won’t, or at least shouldn’t, see time in Chicago. However, he led the team in hits today. That includes his first Triple-A bomb of the year, one to right-center field.


Who was the Knights MVP?

This poll is closed

  • 4%
    Clint Frazier: 1-for-3, 1 HR, 2 BB, 1 K
    (2 votes)
  • 4%
    Adam Haseley: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
    (2 votes)
  • 90%
    Tyler Neslony: 4-for-5, 1 R, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K
    (40 votes)
44 votes total Vote Now


Who was the Knights Cold Cat?

This poll is closed

  • 7%
    Erik González: 0-for-5, 0 BB, 1 K
    (3 votes)
  • 55%
    Mike Mayers: 2 2⁄3 IP, 6 H, 4 ER (3 R), 1 BB, 3 K
    (22 votes)
  • 2%
    John Parke: 1 1⁄3 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K
    (1 vote)
  • 35%
    Jimmy Lambert: 1 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K
    (14 votes)
40 votes total Vote Now

An exciting middle third of the game propelled the Shuckers to a lead they rode to the end. The Barons only struck out three times today as a lineup, so there were a lot of batted balls, they just didn’t fall their way enough to get more than seven hits. They only had two walks to help supplement that bad luck, so just not enough there to get to seven runs scored.

Jared Kelley pitched today, as he piggybacked the Tommy Sommer start. Sommer worked a full five innings, so Kelley came in for the final three. Not sure of the trajectory for Kelley in the pen, but maybe keep an eye on the fact he wasn’t paired with an opener or a long reliever in this game. The one earned run and six strikeouts look good, but he still showed control issues with four walks, the biggest problem in his game currently.

The offense, as it frequently has been of late, was led by Xavier Fernández.

José Rodríguez joined in for some fun, he had a single, stole a base, and walked.


Who was the Barons MVP?

This poll is closed

  • 11%
    Xavier Fernández: 1-for-4, 1 HR, 0 BB, 0 K
    (5 votes)
  • 21%
    José Rodríguez: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 SB
    (9 votes)
  • 23%
    Jared Kelley: 3 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 6 K
    (10 votes)
  • 42%
    Adam Hackenberg: 2-for-3, 1 BB, 0 K
    (18 votes)
42 votes total Vote Now


Who was the Barons Cold Cat?

This poll is closed

  • 5%
    Terrell Tatum: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 1 K
    (2 votes)
  • 2%
    Luis Mieses: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 0 K
    (1 vote)
  • 91%
    Tommy Sommer: 5 IP, 7 H, 6 R (5 ER), 3 BB, 3 K
    (32 votes)
35 votes total Vote Now

It all came down to one inning for the Grasshoppers in their search for a win today. Entering the bottom of the sixth, the Dash had a 2-1 lead. After that half-inning, Winston-Salem was down, 11-2. Yep, they gave up a 10-run innings to spur their blowout loss. It was such a bad game, even Colson Montgomery didn’t reach base, as he struck out three times. On the good front, both leads the Dash had today were courtesy of Wilfred Veras. The second one was from a solo homer.

Jacob Burke had a multi-hit day, again.

On the pitching side of good, Josimar Cousin started today for them. He was lifted after five innings, so he avoided that abysmal sixth. He looked pretty good, the lone run allowed came from a homer given up.

The defense was not perfect today, so five (half) of the runs in the sixth inning were unearned. Wyatt Burns and Vince Vannelle were the two arms that participated in that debacle.


Who was the Dash MVP?

This poll is closed

  • 69%
    Josimar Cousin: 5 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
    (23 votes)
  • 3%
    Tim Elko: 2-for-4, 0 BB, 1 K
    (1 vote)
  • 6%
    Jacob Burke: 2-for-4, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K
    (2 votes)
  • 21%
    Wilfred Veras: 2-for-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 2 K
    (7 votes)
33 votes total Vote Now


Who was the Dash Cold Cat?

This poll is closed

  • 31%
    Colson Montgomery: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 3 K
    (10 votes)
  • 31%
    Wyatt Burns: 2⁄3 IP, 2 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
    (10 votes)
  • 37%
    Vince Vannelle: 1 IP, 7 H, 7 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 1 K
    (12 votes)
32 votes total Vote Now

Lackluster offense leads to a four-run loss for Kannapolis. The bats mustered only three hits: singles from Logan Glass and Chris Lanzilli, and a double from Brooks Baldwin. None of those led to runs, though. Mario Camilletti reached base and Jhoneiker Betancourt drove him in with a sacrifice fly. That was it, that was all the offense today from our Low-A squad.

From the mound, while the bullpen wasn’t all that impressive, Drew McDaniel had a quality start. He has shown decent command this season (just a 7.5% BB-rate coming into the game), but he hasn’t shown much strikeout potential. He defied that today, with six strikeouts. McDaniel was hit around, and that has been an issue, because even with the low walk rate he has a 1.38 WHIP, so the bats aren’t exactly confused. He weathered it today to great results — the pen and offense just let him down.


Who was the Cannon Ballers MVP?

This poll is closed

  • 3%
    Brooks Baldwin: 1-for-4, 0 BB, 1 K
    (1 vote)
  • 10%
    Logan Glass: 1-for-2, 1 BB, 1 K
    (3 votes)
  • 86%
    Drew McDaniel: 6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
    (26 votes)
30 votes total Vote Now


Who was the Cannon Ballers Cold Cat?

This poll is closed

  • 66%
    Connor Pellerin: 2⁄3 IP, 1 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
    (16 votes)
  • 33%
    Ryan McCarthy: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 1 K
    (8 votes)
24 votes total Vote Now

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