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White Sox Minor League Update: April 14, 2017

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Michael Kopech threw hard and wild in an otherwise quiet day for top prospects

Jameson Fisher
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On Friday morning, Kyle Glaser at Baseball America posted his impressions of Lucas Giolito’s second start in Durham with video. His impressions are similar to mine, but he has fresh quotes from Giolito and Charlotte pitching coach Steve McCatty to supplement them.

In particular:

“I didn’t throw the ball well at all,” Giolito said. “A lot of pitches got away from me. I didn’t have good command of the fastball and didn’t really have solid command of my curveball either. So I was basically throwing a lot of fastballs, changeups, but falling behind too many batters. Good hitters are going to put good swings on it when you fall behind 2-0, 3-0, 2-1.”

Top prospects at a glance

  • Yoan Moncada: 0-for-4, 3 K
  • Michael Kopech: 3.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 5 K
  • Zack Collins: 0-for-4, 2 K.
  • Luis Alexander Basabe: 1-for-4.

Norfolk 3, Charlotte 1

  • Yoan Moncada wore the collar and silver sombrero, and so did Danny Hayes.
  • Nicky Delmonico was 1-for-4 with a strikeout.
  • Adam Engel is hitting .061 after an 0-for-3 night. He was also caught stealing.
  • Roberto Pena was 1-for-3 with a double and a strikeout.
  • Tyler Danish: 7 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 11 groundouts to four flyouts.

Montgomery 3, Birmingham 2

  • Eddy Alvarez went 0-for-2 with two walks and a strikeout. He was caught stealing.
  • Jake Peter, 0-for-2 with a walk and a sac bunt.
  • Nick Basto went 1-for-4 with a strikeout.
  • Courtney Hawkins singled and struck out thrice.
  • Alfredo Gonzalez went 0-for-3 and was picked off.
  • Michael Kopech: 3.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 5 K, 41 of 75 pitches for strikes.

Buies Creek 4, Winston-Salem 3

  • Luis Alexander Basabe went 1-for-4.
  • Alex Call, 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Zack Collins was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts, but he picked off a runner at second base.
  • Aaron Schnurbusch was 1-for-4 with two strikeouts.
  • Johan Cruz went 1-for-4 with a double.

Kannapolis 8, Hickory 4

  • Joel Booker went 2-for-4 with a walk and a stolen base.
  • Jameson Fisher was 2-for-4 with his first homer and a walk.
  • Bernardo Flores: 5.2 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K.