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White Sox Minor League Update: April 18, 2017

Yoan Moncada and Carson Fulmer team up to put Charlotte back in the win column

Yoan Moncada
Jim Margalus / South Side Sox

The Charlotte Knights returned home, and they resumed winning. They’re now 5-0 at BB&T Ballpark and 0-7 away.

Yoan Moncada helped restore order. After Carson Fulmer gave up a solo shot in the top of the first to Josh Rutledge, Moncada answered with a leadoff homer of his own.

That one left the yard with more to spare than his previous homer from the left side.

Top prospects at a glance

  • Yoan Moncada: 1-for-3, HR, BB, K.
  • Carson Fulmer: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR
  • Zack Burdi: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K
  • Zack Collins: 0-for-4, 2 K
  • Dane Dunning: 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HBP.

Charlotte 3, Pawtucket 1

  • Yoan Moncada went 1-for-3 with his third homer, a walk and strikeout.
  • Nicky Delmonico likes home cooking: 3-for-4 with a double.
  • Willy Garcia homered in his return to Charlotte. He also struck out thrice.
  • Danny Hayes and Rymer Liriano were both 1-for-4 with a strikeout.
  • Roberto Pena went 0-for-3.
  • Carson Fulmer: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR
  • Zack Burdi: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K

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*Josh Norris at Baseball America reviewed the Knights he saw — Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez — with scouts. They’re not kind to Giolito (his frame and lack of athleticism makes it tough to repeat a complex delivery). They’re more optimistic about Lopez, but he needs to commit to a third pitch while he’s in the minors.

Frederick 4, Winston-Salem 2

  • Zack Collins went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
  • Aaron Schnurbusch, 0-for-4.
  • Johan Cruz went 1-for-4 with a double and a strikeout.
  • Louie Lechich finally gave up his first regular-season earned run: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 HBP. His streak ends at 1823 innings.

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What was surprising, however, were the questions surrounding his offense. The evaluators agreed that Collins showed plenty of strength and power, but that sizable hand hitch during his load was going to impact his hit tool going forth. The hitch, which you can see in the video, has led to a spray chart that trends toward the opposite field. He often slices the ball to the opposite power alley without getting the bat head fully squared, although he’s strong enough to drive the ball even with less than ideal contact. As he begins to face better velocity and better caliber pitchers at the upper levels, he might need to make adjustments.

Kannapolis 6, Asheville 1

  • Joel Booker is hitting .407 after another 3-for-5 performance.
  • Micker Adolfo went 2-for-4 with a double and a strikeout.
  • Dane Dunning probably needs a promotion: 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HBP. He has allowed 13 baserunners and one earned run in 20 innings.