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White Sox Minor League Update: Sept. 2, 2017

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Alec Hansen wraps up a breakout season with overpowering stuff

Alec Hansen
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Alec Hansen might already have his first goal for the 2018 season in Birmingham: Figure out the sixth inning.

Hansen’s second start for the Barons on Saturday looked like his first: overpowering through five, then trouble in the sixth.

Even then, the resulting line — 5 13 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 9 K — is a pretty impressive way to finish a season that started in A-ball. (Here’s video of his final strikeout.)

Like Michael Kopech the day before, Hansen tied a bow on a season that has to fulfill one of the best imaginable scenarios. He finished the year with a 2.80 ERA and 191 strikeouts to 51 walks over 141 13 innings, with no notable peripheral shift as he climbed from Kannapolis (73 innings) to Winston-Salem (58) to Birmingham (1013).

Hansen’s national bandwagon has been slow to fill its seats, so his evaluations could have the most variance of anybody’s over the winter.

Norfolk 8, Charlotte 4

  • Jake Peter went 2-for-4 with a triple, walk and strikeout.
  • Jacob May was 0-for-5, but he swiped his 30th base.
  • Casey Gillaspie went 1-for-4 with a homer, walk and strikeout.
  • D.J. Peterson was 1-for-4 with a homer.
  • Eddy Alvarez went 1-for-3.
  • Drew Hasler had a great Triple-A debut for a late-season roster patch: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Birmingham 3, Mississippi 2

  • Eloy Jimenez singled, walked and struck out twice. He was also hung out to dry on a busted hit-and-run.
  • Nick Basto went 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Courtney Hawkins went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
  • Danny Mendick went 1-for-3 with a strikeout, and was picked off/caught stealing.
  • Trey Michalczewski was 1-for-4 with a double, strikeout and stolen base.
  • Alec Hansen: 5.1 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 9 K, 67 of 93 pitches for strikes.

Salem 5, Winston-Salem 1

  • Jameson Fisher doubled and struck out thrice.
  • Seby Zavala went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.
  • Ti’Quan Forbes went 0-for-3 in his Sox organization debut.
  • Yosmer Solorzano: 4.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 2 WP, 2 HBP

Missoula 7, Great Falls 4

  • Craig Dedelow went 3-for-4 with a homer.
  • Justin Yurchak was 0-for-4 with a strikeout.

AZL White Sox 9, AZL Dodgers 3

  • Ramon Beltre went 3-for-4 with a strikeout.
  • Lenyn Sosa was 1-for-5 with a homer and a strikeout.
  • Sam Abbott singled, walked and struck out twice.
  • Jhoandro Alfaro was 0-for-3 with a walk.

Kannapolis at Lakewood PPD