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White Sox Minor League Update: July 24, 2017

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A difficult year for Zack Collins becomes even harder to negotiate

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If nothing else, Zack Collins has solidified his status as being the most divisive prospect in the White Sox system, even among people who are most invested in his and their success.

He entered July hitting .208/.364/.398 with 19 percent walk rate, but the 28-percent strikeout rate damaged his credibility. One could make the argument about Carolina League umpires negating his eagle eye, but it had do a lot of heavy lifting to support the idea that an elite collegiate bat would take such a step backward.

Now, Collins’ July slash line — .250/.333/.596 — looks a little more like the kind you’d see from a patient, big-power type. The problem? He’s struck out three times in each of his last four games, causing his monthly K rate to balloon to 34 percent.

This jarring shift requires partial fans and observers to place faith in another idea that’s difficult to validate: catchers are weird. That could be true, given the amount of time and effort Collins has invested in his defensive improvement. Even then, passed balls are still a problem, so if Collins is going to correct himself, there are probably more arduous months like this one ahead.

Charlotte 10, Columbus 4

  • Jake Peter went 3-for-4 with a homer and a walk.
  • Jacob May was 1-for-5 with a triple and a strikeout.
  • Willy Garcia went 3-for-4 with a homer, double, walk and strikeout.
  • Danny Hayes doubled, walked and struck out thrice.
  • Rymer Liriano went 0-for-4 with a walk and two strikeouts.
  • Carson Fulmer: 5 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 5 K
  • Jake Petricka: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Buies Creek 6, Winston-Salem 1

  • Yeyson Yrizarri was 0-for-3 with a strikeout.
  • Eloy Jimeneez returned to right field and went 0-for-2 with two walks.
  • Joel Booker went 1-for-4 with a strikeout, and was caught stealing.
  • Luis Alexander Basabe was 0-for-3 with a strikeout.
  • Zack Collins, 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.
  • Bernardo Flores: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
  • Victor Diaz has a 23.63 ERA through eight appearances, which is pretty incredible.

Kannapolis 2, Columbia 1

  • Blake Rutherford went 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts.
  • Micker Adolfo walked once and struck out in the other three PAs. He also stole a base.
  • Jake Burger went 0-for-2 with a walk, HBP and strikeout.
  • Luis Gonzalez went 1-for-2 with a double, two walks and a stolen base.
  • Evan Skoug went 1-for-2 with two walks.
  • Gavin Sheets, 0-for-4 with a K.
  • Alex Call went 1-for-4 with a pickoff.

Great Falls 11, Grand Junction 1

  • Craig Dedelow went 2-for-5 with a double.
  • Justin Yurchak, 2-for-5 with a strikeout.
  • Amado Nunez was 1-for-5.

AZL White Sox 7, AZL Indians 4

  • Lenyn Sosa went 0-for-5 with a strikeout.
  • Sam Abbott, 1-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.

DSL White Sox 11, DSL Padres 2

  • Luis Mieses went 2-for-6 with a strikeout.
  • Anthony Coronado, 3-for-5 with two doubles.
  • Harvin Mendoza, 2-for-4 with a triple and two walks.
  • Kleyder Sanchez, 0-for-4.
  • Josue Guerrero, 0-for-3 with a strikeout.
  • Anderson Comas went 2-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Brayant Nova was 1-for-5 with two strikeouts.
  • Santo Vasquez walked thrice and struck out twice.