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White Sox Minor League Update: May 29, 2017

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Jacob May’s terrible April hasn’t seemed to affect him too much

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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.

Charlotte 9, Buffalo 7

  • 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.

Winston-Salem 8, Down East 6

  • 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.

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