GLENDALE, AZ – The Chicago White Sox continued to display their young talent on Sunday afternoon during their Cactus League victory over the Colorado Rockies. Yoan Moncada, Zack Collins, and Zack Burdi highlighted a list of young players that saw playing time on Sunday afternoon at Camelback Ranch.
While veteran Jose Quintana set the tone early for the White Sox pitching staff by tossing two strong innings, with a solo home run in the top of the second, the only blemish on a one hit, three strike out outing, it was another White Sox pitcher that drew the most attention on Sunday, 2016 26th overall draft pick Zack Burdi made his first appearance of the spring.
Burdi threw a perfect inning in his first appearance with the White Sox, retiring the Rockies in the top of the ninth inning on just nine pitches that included a fly-out and a pair of ground-outs. The Downers Grove, IL native looked very smooth in our first look at him in his second professional season on Sunday.
Miguel Gonzalez logged two scoreless innings on Sunday for the White Sox as well, allowing just one hit while notching a strikeout as well.
Yoan Moncada was inserted into the White Sox lineup in the middle innings once again on Sunday, drawing a five pitch walk in his only plate appearance, before displaying his speed when he easily scored from first base on a Eddy Alvarez three-run double.
Zack Collins played in his second game of the spring as well on Sunday, replacing the designated hitter Nicky Delmonico in the middle innings after Delmonico went 0-2 on the day. Collins grounded out to second base in his first at-bat on the afternoon, and struck out swinging on a full count in his second at-bat.
White Sox infielder Tyler Saladino went 2-3 on the day, with a pair of base-hits and a run scored.
The White Sox defeated the Rockies by a final score of 7-3 on Sunday.
White Sox Manager Rick Renteria said on Sunday that inured third-baseman Todd Frazier would begin to return to hitting activities on Monday, and had all positive feelings in regards to the veteran’s sore oblique that began to bother him during practice last Friday.
The White Sox will visit Sloan Park in Mesa, Arizona on Monday afternoon to take on the Chicago Cubs. Lucas Giolito will get his first start with the White Sox on Monday, opposed by new Cubs pitcher Brett Anderson at 2:05 pm (CT). The game can be seen on Cubs.com and heard on both WLS-890AM and WSCR-670AM.
Stay with us here at The Loop Sports all spring as we will be providing frequent updates of the happenings around Camelback Ranch, Cactus League game recaps and analysis, and deep-dive analysis into the story-lines to watch for this spring!