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White Sox Minor League Update: May 1, 2017

Yoan Moncada and Dane Dunning earn top player honors

Jim Margalus / South Side Sox

Although the White Sox’ 25-man roster is hanging in there after one month, the organization hasn’t taken its eye off touting its farm system with renewed vigor.

The Sox announced their White Sox Minor League Player of the Month honors on Monday, which is a new feature this season (at least in email inboxes). They opened the season by awarding April to Yoan Moncada among position players and Dane Dunning among pitchers.

Moncada hit the ground running with the White Sox, batting .314/.385/.500 during his first month in his new home. Strikeouts remain the one flaw in need of addressing — his K rate is at 31.3 percent, within a rounding error of the 30.9 percent he registered over 45 games at Double-A Salem the year before. At this point, it’s not a legitimate cause for concern as much as the leading reason to remain patient in 2017, since his defense won’t be the thing staving off a promotion.

Dunning made mincemeat of the Sally League, posting a 0.35 ERA with 33 strikeouts to 16 baserunners over 26 innings. His next start will come in Winston-Salem, as he was promoted last week.

Birmingham 6, Montgomery 5

  • Eddy Alvarez went 2-for-3 with a walk.
  • Jake Peter, 1-for-5.
  • Trey Michalczewski was 1-for-4 with two strikeouts.
  • Thad Lowry: 6 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HBP

Lynchburg 5, Winston-Salem 0

  • Luis Alexander Basabe went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts.
  • Zack Collins, 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
  • Aaron Schnurbusch went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.
  • Johan Cruz was 0-for-3 with a K.