Cody Asche and Jacob May had two of the slowest starts one can imagine at the major league level.
- Asche: .105/.177/.175, 21 strikeouts over 62 PA
- May: .056/.150/.056, 17 strikeouts over 42 PA
Now in Charlotte, neither player has seen any kind of carryover effect:
- Asche: .393/.438/.786, 6 strikeouts over 32 PA
- May: .295/.380/.474, 24 strikeouts over 111 PA
For May, his line shows that a premature promotion doesn’t automatically have an effect on the greater development curve. He’s basically having the kind of season one might expect him to have in Triple-A if the Sox decided to carry Peter Bourjos out of spring training. At the very least, his presence on the 25-man roster allowed the White Sox to let Leury Garcia force his way into everyday consideration on his own merit.
With Asche, his history suggests that he’s a capable-enough Triple-A hitter, and/or the talent gap between Triple-A and majors is so great that numbers alone aren’t much of a reflection of talent. For the sake of May and others, I’d hope it’s more of the former.
- Jacob May went 1-for-4 with a double and a strikeout.
- Yoan Moncada, 1-for-4 with a walk.
- Nicky Delmonico was 1-for-5 with a homer and a strikeout.
- Rymer Liriano had a perfect night — 3-for-3 with two walks and a stolen base.
- Danny Hayes singled once and struck out thrice.
- Cody Asche hit a pinch-hit walk-off three-run homer.
- Zack Collins went 2-for-5 with two doubles and a strikeout.
- Trey Michalczewski, 1-for-3 with a homer, walk, sac fly and strikeout.
- Luis Alexander Basabe went 1-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout.
- Johan Cruz, 1-for-4.