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White Sox Minor League Update: April 12, 2017

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Alec Hansen and Jordan Guerrero rebound from rough debuts, though it doesn’t lead to wins

Intimidators Stadium, Kannapolis.
Jim Margalus / South Side Sox

If the White Sox farm system is revitalized, you can’t yet tell it by the overall farm standings. With the Knights losing their third consecutive game and still having four times as many wins as any of their counterparts, the four full-season affiliates stand at 7-20 on the season.

Top prospects at a glance

  • Yoan Moncada: 2-for-4, 2B, CS
  • Carson Fulmer: 5 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR
  • Alec Hansen: 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 K, 1 WP
  • Jordan Guerrero: 6.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K

Durham 6, Charlotte 2

  • Yoan Moncada went 2-for-4 with a double, but was caught stealing.
  • Nicky Delmonico was 1-for-4 with a double and a strikeout.
  • Willy Garcia failed to reach base safely for the first time all season, going 0-for-4 with a K.
  • Danny Hayes went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.
  • Adam Engel, 0-for-2 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Carson Fulmer: 5 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

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Righthander Reynaldo Lopez—part of the package the White Sox pried from the Nationals for outfielder Adam Eaton during this offseason’s Winter Meetings overhaul—started against Durham and struck out 10 in 5.1 innings. He made two big mistakes during his outing, both which resulted in home runs. Durham leadoff man Johnny Field hammered a center-cut fastball to open the game, and catcher Michael Marjama tagged a hanging breaking ball over the Blue Monster in left field to close Lopez’s night.

In between, Lopez showed the dominant stuff that made him a priority add for Chicago. His fastball sat in the mid-to-upper 90s all night, peaking at 99, with tail away from righthanders. He mixed in a pair of breaking balls as well, a curveball and a slider, each thrown in the low 80s. The slider was the more effective pitch, and Lopez manipulated it to dive away for righthanders or occasionally break through the front door for a called strike. He also threw a changeup in the mid-80s that at time showed late fade away from lefties.

Montgomery 5, Birmingham 2

  • Eddy Alvarez went 0-for-2 with two walks, a strikeout and a pickoff.
  • Jake Peter went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
  • Trey Michalczewski, 1-for-3 with a walk, strikeout and stolen base.
  • Courtney Hawkins was 1-for-4 with a homer and a two strikeouts.
  • Alfredo Gonzalez was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.
  • Jordan Guerrero: 6.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K

Down East 6, Winston_Salem 1

  • Alex Call was 1-for-4 with a triple and two strikeouts.
  • Aaron Schnurbusch wore the collar and silver sombrero.
  • Johan Cruz singled and struck out twice.
  • The Dash had three hits and 14 strikeouts.
  • Zach Thompson: 3 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 2 HR

Rome 2, Kannapolis 1

  • Joel Booker went 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Jameson Fisher, 1-for-5 with a double and two strikeouts.
  • Holy hell, Alec Hansen: 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 K, 1 WP.