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White Sox Minor League Update: July 11, 2017

Spencer Adams hogs the spotlight on a day of limited action

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Spencer Adams
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While Baseball Prospectus went all-in on Alec Hansen by slotting him at No. 42 on its midseason top 50 prospects list, Baseball America wasn’t quite convinced to fit Hansen in its top 100. Based on the subsequent chat with John Manuel and J.J. Cooper, it might be the slow track more than anything:

Charlie (Tampa): I'm a little surprised White Sox prospect Alec Hansen didn't make the top 100. Where would you rank him at this point, and are you bullish or bearish on his future?

John Manuel: For me, I just need to see more … Pretty good stuff, but he was in low A as a guy coming out of college. He should dominate. Now he’s moved up to high Class A; let’s see if he can throw consistent strikes against better hitters. I have my doubts; I think he’s a reliever.


Alex (Chicago): After the first half Alec Hansen had (dominating LoA and starting well in HiA), was he considered for the back end of the Top 100? Do scouts believe his FV command will be average so his pitches play up to have a mid-rotation ceiling?

J.J. Cooper: Not yet. He’s had a very good year and the White Sox and Hansen get a lot of credit for the massive improvements he’s made. That said, his control and command are far, far away from big league ready. When you watch Hansen pitch, he currently loses the strike zone on a pretty regular basis. He does a better job of battling back from it now, but the delivery does cause some of his control issues.

Mobile 1, Birmingham 0

  • Eddy Alvarez went 1-for-4 with a strikeout.
  • Nick Basto went 0-for-4 with a strikeout.
  • Courtney Hawkins, 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.
  • Trey Michalczewski went 1-for-3 with a double and a strikeout.
  • Spencer Adams took a no-hitter into the sixth inning: 7.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 12 K, 62 of 99 pitches for strikes.

DSL White Sox 8, DSL Giants 5

  • Ramon Beltre went 2-for-4 with a walk and a CS.
  • Luis Mieses, 1-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Anthony Coronado was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.
  • Harvin Mendoza, 2-for-4 with a strikeout.
  • Josue Guerrero struck out in all three plate appearances.
  • Anderson Comas, 2-for-4.
  • Ulises Martinez walked in his only PA.
  • Brayant Nova went 0-for-3 with a walk.
  • Santo Vasquez doubled and and struck out thrice.