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White Sox Minor League Update: Aug. 18, 2017

Lucas Giolito will make his White Sox debut Monday, and Michael Kopech takes his old spot

Jim Margalus / South Side Sox

Doubleheaders at the major league level provide opportunities for pitchers down below, and Lucas Giolito will benefit from the White Sox’ upcoming twin bill with the Twins on Monday. He’ll start one of the doubleheader games, although the details — Game 1 or Game 2, full-fledged roster status or 26th man -- have yet to be worked out. If he is the 26th man, it might not tell us much since they can be recalled within the 10-day limit.

Giolito is 6-10 with a 4.48 ERA at Charlotte this year, striking out 134 batters to 59 walks and 17 homers over 129 innings. He’s had some bumps while undoing mechanical changes foisted upon him by Washington and adding a slider to his repertoire, but he’ll join the Sox after his steadiest streak of the year. He has a 1.71 ERA with a .221/.288/.319 line allowed over his last five starts, three of which have scoreless.

With Giolito moving up to the majors, Michael Kopech received the promotion to Charlotte, and he’ll stay no matter what happens to Giolito. Kopech’s numbers are nuts since the Futures Game. He hasn’t allowed more than one earned run in any of his last six starts, during which he has a 0.66 ERA, 54 strikeouts to 31 baserunners over 41 innings, and a .145/.200/.214 line allowed.

Charlotte 8, Lehigh Valley 3

  • Jacob May went 3-for-5 with a double, strikeout and stolen base.
  • Jake Peter was 0-for-5 with a K.
  • Rymer Liriano, 1-for-3 with a homer and a walk.
  • Casey Gillaspie went 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • D.J. Peterson, 1-for-3 with a homer and a walk.
  • Eddy Alvarez singled, walked and struck out twice.
  • Tyler Danish: 7 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K

Birmingham 7, Montgomery 4

  • Tito Polo went 3-for-4, stole a base and was picked off/caught stealing.
  • Eloy Jimenez and Courtney Hawkins are the same: 0-for-4 with a strikeout.
  • Trey Michalczewski was 1-for-4 with two strikeouts.
  • Danny Mendick was 0-for-3 with a K.

Winston-Salem 14, Potomac 6

  • Joel Booker went 2-for-5 with a double and a strikeout.
  • Jameson Fisher was 0-for-5.
  • Yeyson Yrizarri went 3-for-4 with a homer and a double, and was caught stealing.
  • Seby Zavala went 2-for-4 with a homer, walk and strikeout.
  • Jimmy Lambert: 5 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 2 HR

Hagerstown 5, Kannapolis 4

  • Alex Call went 0-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Luis Gonzalez went 1-for-5 with a double and a strikeout.
  • Jake Burger, 0-for-3 with a K and a sac fly.
  • Gavin Sheets went 0-for-2 with two walks and a strikeout.
  • Craig Dedelow was 0-for-4.
  • Evan Skoug went 1-for-3 with a triple and a walk.
  • Yosmer Solorzano: 5 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR
  • Kade McClure: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Great Falls 10, Ogden 7

  • Justin Yurchak had a perfect night: 4-for-4 with a homer, triple and walk.
  • Carlos Perez and Amado Nunez were 0-for-5.

AZL White Sox 7, AZL Reds 3

  • Ramon Beltre went 1-for-5 with a stolen base.
  • Sam Abbott wore the golden sombrero.
  • Maiker Feliz, 1-for-4 with a double, walk and strikeout.
  • Jhoandro Alfaro went 1-for-2 with a double and two walks.
  • Hunter Kiel: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

DSL White Sox 7, DSL Reds 1

  • Brayant Nova went 2-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Luis Mieses, 1-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Harvin Mendoza went 1-for-4 with a double, wlak and two strikeouts.
  • Anthony Coronado was 0-for-5 with two strikeouts.
  • Andreson Comas, 0-for-4 with two K’s.
  • Santo Vasquez went 2-for-4 with a strikeout and a stolen base.