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This Week in White Sox Minor League Baseball

Rainy day, first installment

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Obviously, there isn't all that much to say this early in the season. A good example of this was the amusing complaint from last Sunday's gamethread about Matt Davidson batting .200. Five games later, he's batting .275/.351/.490. Did some miraculous change in Davidson's true talent happen during the Knights' rained out game on Sunday? Did 15 minutes in the cage fix a mechanical flaw? No. He's doing the same things he was last week.


Robin Leyer has put up a solid stat line for Winston-Salem: 3 GS, 15 IP, 17 H, 2 BB, 15 K. But since stat line scouting isn't particularly useful, let's look at the scouting reports. The 22-year-old righty has always had a lively fastball. It sits mid-90s and the Dominican routinely approaches 100, particularly in the early innings. And he makes throwing that hard look easy.

Unlike a lot of low minors guys with serious heat, however, Leyer has pretty good command of his. It's a comfortably plus pitch and I'd probably throw a present 60 grade on it. The reason you haven't heard all that much about Leyer is - you guessed it - a lack of secondary pitches.

His slider still pretty much sucks but his changeup is improved. He's had good movement on it but the changeup is much more a deception pitch. Now, he isn't giving it away as much by slowing down his arm. And a 13 or 14 MPH difference from his fastball will make a lot of hitters look silly.

After actually developing a slider or some other breaking pitch, stamina is the biggest issue for Leyer right now. Things tend to fall apart for him after about four innings - he loses a little velocity and he gets sloppier with his mechanics. There's some video of him here.


Another small sample size drew alarm even from some people who should know better. Spencer Adams got roughed up in his first two starts for Kanny. Yesterday, he didn't - in pertinent part, because his defense played well this time. 3 GS, 11.2 IP, 19 H, 3 BB, 9 K.


Tyler Saladino hit the DL with shoulder tendonitis.


Because you care, regardless of what I tell you:

Tim Anderson: .317/.323/.383 in 63 PA. 8 for 8 in stolen bases. And, no, that .006 OBP wasn't a walk.

Courtney Hawkins: .232/.283/.500 in 60 PA. 8 XBH will do that, including 3 home runs. Of course, a 35% strikeout rate will also do that.

Carlos Sanchez: .382/.393/.473 in 56 PA. A .512 BABIP will do that, though swinging your way back to the majors isn't a bad plan.

Tyler Danish: 3 GS, 16 IP, 17 H, 5 BB, 16 K. Nothing to see here.