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White Sox Minor League Update: July 4, 2017

Reynaldo Lopez ties together strong starts while Michael Kopech continues to scuffle

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Reynaldo Lopez
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As the end of the first half drew nearer and Alec Hansen kept dominating hitters at Kannapolis, it looked like the Sox were holding off promotions for Hansen and other accomplished Intimidators until they could seal a first-half Sally League division title.

Sure enough, Chris Getz said as much to James Fegan of The Athletic. He was speaking about Hansen in particular, but you can probably extend the sentiment elsewhere:

“They were making a good run as a team and we certainly feel that winning is part of the development process,” Getz said. “That's certainly not the most important thing or anything like that. Hansen was one of those guys that was one of their better starters and obviously when you break down him as a pitcher, with his size, the arm strength that he has, the downhill, the breaking ball, the ability to rack up strikeouts with his fastball, connected to the breaking ball. It's a pretty impressive toolset. We really want that guy to just go out there and have his first full season. He's already at High-A. When these guys click they're going to take off. They're going to let us know where they should be. We feel he's in the position he should be.”

(The last two days have shown why the Sox needed to grab wins where they could get them, as the affiliates are 1-13 over the last two days.)

Getz also made a comment about Jordan Guerrero being more successful in his second try at Birmingham, saying the 23-year-old is now able “to go out there and handle his emotions, going out there and competing against the other team, versus himself.” That may extend to Michael Kopech in his first season at Double-A. As you’ll see in the box score below, he’s continued to battle the strike zone as he works his way deeper into a single-season high in innings.

Top prospects at a glance

  • Yoan Moncada: 1-for-4, 3 K, CS
  • Reynaldo Lopez: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR
  • Michael Kopech: 3.1 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 1 WP
  • Zack Collins: 2-for-4, BB, K
  • Luis Alexander Basabe: 1-for-5, 2 K
  • Dane Dunning: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 6 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP
  • Jake Burger: 1-for-3, HR, HBP
  • Luis Robert: 0-for-4, BB, 2 K, SB (of home).

Durham 1, Charlotte 0

  • Yoan Moncada singled, struck out three times and was caught stealing.
  • Tyler Saladino was replaced with a pinch runner after going 1-for-2 with a double, walk and strikeout.
  • Nicky Delmonico was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
  • Danny Hayes doubled and struck out twice.
  • Rymer Liriano, 1-for-3.
  • Jacob May went 0-for-3 with a strikeout.
  • Reynaldo Lopez: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR

Jackson 8, Birmingham 2

  • Eddy Alvarez went 1-for-4.
  • Jake Peter went 3-for-3 with a double and a stolen base.
  • Nick Basto went 1-for-3.
  • Courtney Hawkins returned and went 1-for-3 with a strikeout.
  • Trey Michalczewski walked once and struck out twice.
  • Michael Kopech: 3.1 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 1 WP

Down East 7, Winston-Salem 6

  • Joel Booker went 1-for-5 with two strikeouts.
  • Jameson Fisher, 2-for-5 with a double.
  • Zack Collins was 2-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout for his first multi-hit game since June 13.
  • Luis Alexander Basabe went 1-for-5 with two strikeouts.
  • Danny Mendick went 1-for-3 with a walk.
  • Bernardo Flores’ Dash debut: 4.1 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 3 HR, 2 WP


*Fisher plays an interesting brand of defense:

Hickory 5, Kannapolis 4

  • Luis Gonzalez went 0-for-4 with a walk.
  • Micker Adolfo was 2-for-4 with a strikeout.
  • So was Aaron Schnurbusch, although with a double.

Great Falls 7, Missoula 3

  • Franklin Reyes went 1-for-5.
  • Felix Mercedes was 3-for-4 with a double.
  • Hanleth Otano, 1-for-3 with a strikeout and an HBP.
  • Ricky Mota went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts.
  • Chris Comito: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 WP.
  • Will Kincanon: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

AZL Dodgers 9, AZL White Sox 4

  • Jake Burger went 1-for-3 with a homer and an HBP.
  • Alex Call went 1-for-3 with a walk.
  • Lenyn Sosa was 0-for-5 with a stolen base.
  • Gavin Sheets, 2-for-4 with a double.
  • Jhoandro Alfaro went 0-for-3.
  • Maiker Feliz, 1-for-4 with a homer.
  • Andres Sanchez: 4 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HR
  • Hunter Kiel: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 0 K

DSL Mariners 4, DSL White Sox 3

  • Luis Robert went 0-for-4 with a walk and two strikeouts. He also stole home.
  • Luis Mieses went 2-for-5.
  • Harvin Mendoza went 2-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Josue Guerrero and Anderson Comas were both 0-for-4 with a strikeout.
  • Santo Vasquez went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts.