White Sox Minor Keys: June 8, 2018(Jim Margalus / Sox Machine)

White Sox Minor Keys: June 8, 2018

Jeff Passan’s monthly Prospect Heat Check covered two prominent Barons.

Zack Collins: “Maybe Collins sticks at catcher. Maybe he doesn’t. Either way, the bat is going to play, and the idea of seeing him hitting second in the White Sox’s lineup once their full complement of prospects ascend is awfully appealing. Because his on-base skills are glorious: Collins is hitting .276/.445/.476 this year while splitting time between catcher and DH. The White Sox hope he’s the former. They’ll still take the latter.”

Michael Kopech: “Twice in his last five starts, Kopech has gotten lit up, and more than one scout has wondered if he’s bored biding his time before he arrives in the big leagues. The biggest issue, according to one scout, is Kopech’s off-speed pitches. He’s not throwing them for strikes, and it has allowed hitters to sit fastball. And while that fastball sizzles in at 96-97 regularly and has helped him accumulate 70 strikeouts in 53 1/3 innings, Kopech can’t subsist solely on one pitch. There’s room to grow, and seeing as how bad the White Sox are, there’s no rush to bring the 22-year-old to Chicago.”

Lehigh Valley 2, Charlote 1

  • Michael Kopech: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 10 K, 1 HBP, 55 of 100 pitches for strikes.
  • Aaron Bummer struck out the side in his first inning back at Charlotte.

Birmingham 6, Tennessee 3 (10 innings)

  • Zack Collins went 2-for-4 with a homer, walk and strikeout.
  • Seby Zavala was 1-for-3 with a walk.
  • Eloy Jimenez walked in a pinch-hitting appearance.
  • Jameson Fisher was 0-for-5 with two strikeouts.
  • Ryan Burr: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K

More:

*Jimenez’s pinch-hitting appearance suggests he should be ready to go after missing a game due to an HBP.

Winston-Salem 7, Carolina 4

  • Joel Booker went 0-for-5 with a strikeout.
  • Ti’Quan Forbes, 2-for-5 with a strikeout.
  • Luis Alexander Basabe was 0-for-3 with two walks and two strikeouts.
  • Blake Rutherford, 1-for-5 with a K.
  • Micker Adolfo went 1-for-3 with a double, two walks and a strikeout.

Kannapolis 8, Rome 3

  • Luis Gonzalez went 1-for-3 with a double and two walks.
  • Luis Robert, 2-for-5 with a double.
  • Evan Skoug went 1-for-5 with two strikeouts.
  • Justin Yurcak, 1-for-5 with one strikeout.
  • Luis Curbelo was 1-for-4.
  • John Parke: 7 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K

DSL Blue Jays 7, DSL White Sox 2

  • Jefferson Mendoza went 2-for-4 with a double and a strikeout.

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PauliePaulie
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PauliePaulie

*Nick Madrigal: 1-4 with a Single and a Run scored

knoxfire30
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knoxfire30

How about Rutschman, OMG draft that kid, draft him now haha

PauliePaulie
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PauliePaulie

I’m all in on CJ Abrams.
But he’s a HS SS. So Rutschman, if he starts hitting with wood this summer, is a lot more realistic.

lil jimmy
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Well Paulie, we learn our lessons. We can like HS players, want HS players, but will not draft HS players.

sgp2204
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Wait until some of these guys in the minors actually make it to the big leagues and start contributing. Then it’ll make sense to start taking HS players that are 4+ years away from contributing. 

NateDPT12
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NateDPT12

Kopech’s control seems to have taken a step back from where he was in the 2nd half last year. Is that a simple matter of being bored?

He did kick it into high gear in the second half last year. Maybe he’s just a couple of starts away from getting locked in.

ParisSox
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ParisSox

Getting promoted to mlb is a good way to get locked in.  

sgp2204
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I haven’t watched him enough to know, but I’d be willing to bet it has a lot to do with how they’re trying to develop him. Instead of just going out and pitching, they want him to focus on throwing his off speed pitches more, and I’d imagine that includes on first pitch and when he’s behind in the count. Ideally he’d be able to do that and continue dominating, but realistically, it’s ubderstandable why he’d be “struggling” a little bit. 

I admit this could be 100% wrong (haven’t watched enough, like I said), but in theory it makes perfect sense. I’m sure being bored has something to do with it too though. 

ParisSox
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ParisSox

Fixed
« *Jimenez’s pinch-hitting appearance suggests he should be ready to go to Chicago. » 

PauliePaulie
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PauliePaulie

Someone please tell Passan, Arenado is our #2 hitter.