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White Sox Minor League Update: July 1, 2017

The international signing period opens, but Luis Robert stole the thunder

WBC: Dominican Republic v Cuba Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images

Thanks to the late-developing Luis Robert signing, the White Sox went into the July 2 period with a less concrete plan than other teams. Robert was their Plan A, and because he signed a $26 million signing bonus, it put the Sox well into the penalty territory for the 2017-18 signing period.

Had Robert signed with the Cardinals, the White Sox would have been able to use their $4.75 million bonus pool with no particular restrictions, but Baseball America’s Ben Badler said the White Sox had more of an “open canvas” with regards to potential signings.

As it stands, Robert is with the White Sox, and so the club can’t sign any individual player for more than $300,000. Under these restrictions, Badler offers a couple of names:

One player the White Sox are expected to sign is Jefferson Mendoza, an athletic, righthanded-hitting catcher with a strong arm. They could also go after Sydney Pimentel, a skinny Dominican shortstop from the same program as Micker Adolfo who plays in the Dominican Prospect League.

Carolina 6, Winston-Salem 5

  • Joel Booker went 2-for-4 with a double.
  • Jameson Fisher, 1-for-5 with a strikeout.
  • Johan Cruz struck out twice, walked once and bunted once.
  • Danny Mendick was 2-for-3 with a walk. He was also picked off.
  • Alec Hansen: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 1 WP, 54 of 86 pitches for strikes.

Delmarva 4, Kannapolis 2 (12 innings)

  • Luis Gonzalez singled twice, walked twice and struck out twice.
  • Aaron Schnurbusch was ejected after going 0-for-2 with a walk.
  • Micker Adolfo went 0-for-5 with four strikeouts.
  • Luis Martinez: 6.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 7 K, 1 HBP

Billings 6, Great Falls 5

  • Franklin Reyes went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
  • Craig Dedelow, 0-for-5.
  • Carlos Perez went 3-for-4 with a triple.
  • Justin Yurchak was 0-for-3 with a walk.
  • Tyler Johnson: 0.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Charlotte vs. Gwinnett suspended
Birmingham vs. Biloxi PPD
DSL White Sox vs. DSL Blue Jays suspended