A couple days after Spencer Adams threw a 96-pitch Maddux last Friday, Jordan Guerrero came within one pitch of matching the feat.
He ended up throwing 100 pitches, but he still kept the shutout, throwing a two-hitter against Mobile on Tuesday night.
Guerrero has been on a helluva roll. He was already working on a breakout June before the shutout, and now he’s allowed just three runs and 19 baserunners (16 hits, two walks, one HBP) over 23 innings, good for a 1.17 ERA.
But really, you can trace his success back to the beginning of May. After finishing his first month with a 7.01 ERA, he has a 2.38 ERA over his eight starts since. That includes six earned runs against Tennessee on May 21 (his ERA over his seven other starts is 1.53).
The 23-year-old lowered his ERA to 3.89, a number that isn’t as impressive as his other peripherals, such as four homers, 88 strikeouts and just 17 walks over 782⁄3 innings. The White Sox selected him out of Moorpark High School in California in the 15th round of the 2012 draft, so keep this kind of story in mind as the White Sox make their Day 3 selections.
Top prospects at a glance
- Yoan Moncada: 0-for-4, BB, 3 K
- Jordan Guerrero: 9 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K, 100 pitches.
- Zack Collins: 2-for-3, HR, 2B, BB, K
- Luis Alexander Basabe: 0-for-3
- Luis Robert: 0-for-2, 2 BB, 1 SB, 1 CS
- Yoan Moncada went 0-for-4 with a walk and three strikeouts.
- Jacob May, 1-for-4 with a sac bunt and two stolen bases.
- Nicky Delmonico was 0-for-4 with a walk.
- Danny Hayes, 0-for-2 with two walks and a strikeout.
- James Shields: 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 52 of 90 pitches for strikes.
- Tyler Danish: 4 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K
- Eddy Alvarez was 1-for-4 with a double and two strikeouts.
- Jake Peter went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts.
- Nick Basto homered, walked and struck out twice.
- Trey Michalczewski went 0-for-3 with a sac fly.
- Alfredo Gonzalez was 1-for-4 with a K.
- Jordan Guerrero: 9 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K on 100 pitches.
- Courtney Hawkins was promoted to Winston-Salem and started with a 2-for-4 night.
- Zack Collins went 2-for-3 with a homer, double, walk and strikeout.
- Luis Alexander Basabe was 0-for-3.
- So was Johan Cruz, but with a strikeout.
- Tanner Banks threw a shutout, too: 9 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K on 106 pitches.
- Luis Robert went 0-for-2 with two walks, and 1-for-2 stealing bases.
- Anthony Coronado went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts.
- Luis Mieses and Harvin Mendoza were both 0-for-4.
- Josue Guerrero went 2-for-4 with a double and a strikeout.
- Kleyder Sanchez went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts.
- Santo Vazquez singled, walked and struck out twice.