White Sox Minor Keys: April 11, 2018Dane Dunning (Jim Margalus)

White Sox Minor Keys: April 11, 2018

Attempting to guess who will replace Gregory Infante; Dane Dunning carries no-hit bid into seventh

The White Sox optioned Gregory Infante to Charlotte this afternoon following their 2-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. I figured he’d be the first reliever sent down, partially due to results (16.62 ERA, 3.23 WHIP over six games), and partially due to factors contributing to those results (his fastball is missing two ticks). Juan Minaya jumped in front of him by walking four guys in a game, but Infante finds himself back in the minors just the same, hoping his next MLB appearance won’t require another seven-year wait.

If you’re trying to figure out who will replace him, the Sox don’t necessarily need to summon a reliever, especially if the weather is as bad as advertised in Minnesota. Rick Renteria has used his full bench in a few games, so I can see the Sox adding to his bench while the opportunity is there. Summing up the routes:

Relievers: Thyago Vieira is the only reliever who is in full working order, on the 40-man roster and not yet in Chicago. If they want to go off the roster, Jeanmar Gomez, Xavier Cedeno, Robbie Ross and Rob Scahill all pitched today for Charlotte, so it seems like they’re out of play.

Vieira’s been off to an OK start: 2⅔ innings, one hit, two walks, five strikeouts. Did he telegraph it a few days ago?

Catcher: If Welington Castillo needs a few days for his knee — Bruce Levine says he underwent an MRI — the Sox might be able to call up Kevan Smith. He went on the DL at the end of spring training with a sprained ankle, but the injury was supposed to be mild.

Other: Ryan Cordell didn’t start for the Knights, which is usually the first thing you’d look for. Then again, he’s started the season 2-for-21 with nine strikeouts, so he could just be getting a breather.

I’m not great at guessing these fringe roster shuffles, but I’ll go with Smith for a series, especially if that series is only one game.

Norfolk 4, Charlotte 3 (11 innings)

Birmingham 5, Montgomery 2

Winston-Salem 9, Myrtle Beach 0

Kannapolis 6, Asheville 4

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*Matt Cassidy watched Henzman’s start:

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phillyd
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phillyd

Any updates on Eloy? Thanks for these!

ParisSox
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Nice to see Basabe and Zavala off to nice starts.  Wonder how Collins is feeling.  Pressured?  Or not worried about the competition and focused on his development?   There’s an interesting angle to inquire about.  

Brett R. Bobysud
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Brett R. Bobysud

Another question to ponder is who is going to be the starter promoted to Charlotte from Birmingham in the near future, because Dunning, as you said, is just biding his time in Winston-Salem until a spot on the Barons opens up, and Hansen is gonna require a spot once he’s ready to come back.

My money is on either Adams or Stephens.

Trooper Galactus
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I’d like to see Adams, but he’s started the season with a BB rate that’s unusually high for him. Seems like he’s getting a few more strikeouts, though.

Greg Nix
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Basabe wants to be in Birmingham. .400/.464/.600 so far.

Trooper Galactus
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I was down on him before the season, but he’s been golden so far. Rutherford can’t seem to keep pace, though Adolfo has been hitting pretty well himself.

Smclean09
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Smclean09

My boy Fish trying to do a Bonds impression in AA. If his BaBIP looks better than last year he may be able to jump up into an org top 15 again.

Trooper Galactus
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He’s gonna need to hit like that if those 40 grades on his running, arm, and fielding are all still accurate. Being a lefty does give him an avenue onto any roster, though. Top-15 is probably a stretch, though. While graduations will help him get back to the top-30, there’s a lot of high quality guys he’d have to leapfrog to get there, and there’s only so high a 24-year old prospect with severely limited tools is liable to rise. It’d be awesome to see him sustain this breakout and rake in Charlotte, though.

Smclean09
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Smclean09

Oh yeah, I’m tied to him because I assume dibs have to transfer even to a new site.
I do think he hits enough to lefty bench bat/4th OF for a few years. The swing and approach are still really solid.