The minor league slate of games was announced today, and with a nod to the ongoing pandemic, there are several changes:
- First, as previously announced, all series will be weeklong: six games played, one travel day.
- Every Monday is an off-day, across all minors. Triple-A hosts its All-Star Game (or otherwise has off-days) from July 12-14.
- Triple-A Charlotte, who will spring train with the big-league White Sox, will open on April 6 and play 148 games.
- All other affiliates (Double-A Birmingham, High-A Winston-Salem, Low-A Kannapolis) will start on May 4 and play 120 games.
- All of the minors will play its final regular season game on Sunday, September 19.
All affiliates will play an unbalanced schedule, due to the pandemic.
The Charlotte Knights play 42 games apiece against the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp and Durham Bulls, 36 against the Norfolk Tides, 18 vs. the Gwinnett Stripers, and 12 vs. the Nashville Sounds.
The Birmingham Barons have the most balanced schedule among White Sox affiliates, playing 24 games apiece against the Montgomery Biscuits, Rocket City Trash Pandas and Chattanooga Lookouts, and 12 apiece against the Biloxi Shuckers, Pensacola Blue Wahoos, Tennessee Smokies and Mississippi Braves.
The Winston-Salem Dash play 24 games apiece vs. the Greensboro Grasshoppers and Hickory Crawdads, 18 vs. the Asheville Tourists, 12 apiece vs. the Rome Braves, Jersey Shore BlueClaws, Greenville Drive and Bowie Baysox, and one series (six games) vs. the Hudson Valley Renegades.
The Kannapolis Cannon Ballers play 30 games vs. the Fayetteville Woodpeckers, 24 vs. the Delmarva Shorebirds, 24 vs. the Carolina Mudcats, 12 vs. the Columbia Fireflies, and one series (six games) each against the Charleston RiverDogs, Fredericksburg Nationals, Salem Red Sox, Augusta GreenJackets and Lynchburg Hillcats.