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White Sox Minor League Update: May 15, 2017

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Zack Burdi keeps stringing together zeroes

Zack Burdi
Jim Margalus / South Side Sox

While Gregory Infante received the call to the majors as a temporary extra reliever, Zack Burdi is nearing the point where he should get a chance to establish himself in the White Sox bullpen.

The Downers Grove Mustang posted his ninth consecutive scoreless outing on Monday for the save. During this stretch, he’s compiled this line: 11 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 18 K, 2 HBP and no extra-base hits.

Like Yoan Moncada, though, there is some Super Two consideration. It depends on whether the White Sox plan to give Burdi the ninth inning sooner in his career rather than later, because nothing inflates arbitration salaries quite like saves. The Sox put Addison Reed into the closing role shortly into his first full season, and the salary trajectory that resulted prompted them to deal him while they could get a prospect of note.

However, if the White Sox have other closers in mind for the foreseeable future, the specific timing of a promotion is less of a concern, because setup men just don’t get rewarded by the system the same way.

Top prospects at a glance

  • Yoan Moncada: 1-for-4, K.
  • Zack Burdi: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K
  • Luis Alexander Basabe: 1-for-4, BB, K
  • Zack Collins, 1-for-3, BB

Charlotte 6, Durham 4

  • Yoan Moncada went 1-for-4 with a strikeout.,
  • Jacob May, 2-for-4 with an HBP and a strikeout.
  • Nicky Delmonico is home: 1-for-3 with a homer, walk and strikeout.
  • Danny Haes was 0-for-2 with a sac fly, walk and two strikeouts.
  • Rymer Liriano went 0-for-3 with a sac fly and a K.
  • Adam Engel went 2-for-4.
  • Zack Burdi: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K

Chattanooga 6, Birmingham 0

  • Jake Peter went 2-for-4.
  • Nick Basto, 2-for-4 with a strikeout.
  • Trey Michalczewski was 0-for-3 with an HBP.
  • Jordan Guerrero: 7 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 9 K

Winston-Salem 3, Lynchburg 2

  • Luis Alexander Basabe was 1-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Zack Collins, 1-for-3 with a walk, and he cut down the only steal attempt.
  • Johan Cruz was 2-for-4 with a stolen base.

Rome 9, Kannapolis 5

  • Joel Booker went 2-for-5 with two strikeouts.
  • Micker Adolfo doubled to extend his hit streak to 16, but struck out three times.
  • Yosmer Solorzano: 5 IP, 5 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 2 HBP