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White Sox Weekly Farm Report: Moncada, Collins, Kopech Lead Impressive Performances by Sox Prospects

With all of the buzz surrounding the stable of talent that the White Sox have stowed away throughout their minor-league ranks while they hone their skills before making their way to Chicago, we will be releasing weekly farm reports each Sunday, helping you stay in the know with the White Sox of the future.

Charlotte Knights (Triple-A)

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Yoan Moncada (IF): In his first three games with the Charlotte Knights, top-prospect Yoan Moncada is leaving little doubt that he his ready for the next level of baseball, posting a .500 average, racking up eight hits in 16 at-bats for the Knights. Posting a 4-5 performance on Friday night against the Norfolk Tides, and hitting his first home run of the season on Saturday night against the Tides as well.

Moncada has a pair of RBI in his first three games for the Knights, and looks good thus far, making everyone believe that he won’t be a fixture within this series of farm reports for much longer. Moncada is on track to make it to Chicago sometime in late May, and only because of service clock details will he not make it up before then.

Lucas Giolito (RHP): Giolito was strong in his first two innings of work against the Tide, before running into trouble in the fourth inning when he hit a pair of hitters, issued a walk to another, and gave up a double to Chance Cisco of the Tides.

Giolito ended his first Knights start with just 4.1 innings pitched while allowing four earned runs on six hits, with four strikeouts and a pair of walks. Giolito’s fastball was ranging anywhere from 89-92 miles per hour during his outing, continuing the trend of underwhelming velocity that we saw at times in spring training.

Reynaldo Lopez (RHP): Lopez lasted only three innings in his Knights debut on Opening Day, allowing four runs (two earned, two unearned) on three hits and three walks. The right-hander struck out five opposing hitters in his Knights debut and took a no-decision thanks to some help from his offense.

Carson Fulmer (RHP): Fulmer picked up where he left off with the Knights last September, turning in a solid six innings of work for Charlotte, picking up the victory for his first win of the season. Over his 6.0 IP Fulmer allowed two runs on six hits, while striking out five, and allowing one walk.

Everyone Else

The Knights, as expected are on a roll to start the season, scoring 35 runs over their first three games, with home runs from Danny Hayes (2), Nicky Delmonico, Wily Garcia, and Yoan Moncada thus far. You can only expect to see the Knights continue to roll as the pitching settles in, and it will in a rotation that features Lucas Giolito, Carson Fulmer, and Reynaldo Lopez at the top.

Zack Burdi tossed 1.2 innings of scoreless relief in his first outing for the Knights, allowing no hits while striking out three and walking one.

Birmingham Barons (Double-A)

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Michael Kopech (RHP): Although Michael Kopech only lasted 4.1 innings during his first start for the Barons, he proved that he was ready to face Double-A hitters, despite some belief that he should have began the season in Winston-Salem. In fact, he struck out 10 hitters during the course of his first start for the Barons, allowing only a pair of runs on three hits, as he took a no-decision on the contest. Kopech was clocked consistently at 99 miles per hour for the majority of his outing.

Everyone Else

Spencer Adams took a loss in his first start of the season, tossing 4.2 innings and allowing a pair of earned runs and another unearned run on four hits for the Barons. Adams struck out four opposing hitters during his outing, and allowed a home run.

Trey Michalczewski, Eddy Alvarez, Courtney Hawkins and Keon Barnum struggled during the opening weekend for the Barons, mustering a combined seven hits in 44 at-bats during the Barons first three games, with 21 strikeouts. Courtney Hawkins is the owner of eight of those 21 strikeouts, as the one time first-round selection continues to see his major-league career aspirations fizzle with each passing season.

Winston-Salem Dash (High-A)

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Zack Collins (C): Over his first three games this season, Collins is hitting .400 (4-10) with a home run, a pair of doubles, and a base-hit, with an RBI. Collins has also drawn three walks and scored three times for the Dash. Not too shabby for the young backstop thus far. Look for Collins to make his way to Birmingham this season if this is a sign of things to come for the former Miami Hurricane All-American.

Everyone Else

Unlike Zack Collins, who opened the season on a tear for the Dash, other notable Sox prospects on the Winston-Salem squad have not. Luis Alexander Basabe is just 1-13 with five strikeouts in his first three games, while fellow outfielder Alex Call is just 1-12 with three strikeouts thus far for the Dash.

Aaron Bummer lasted only 0.1 innings in his first appearance of the season, giving up four runs on four hits and one walk before being replaced.

Kannapolis Intimidators (Low-A)

Dane Dunning made his debut for the Intimidators, and after the 2016 first-round pick allowed a first inning solo home run, he settled in nicely. Dunning fired six innings of one-run ball in his debut, while striking out eight hitters and walking none.

Jameson Fisher is 3-10 (.300) during his first three games this season with a double and a pair of RBI for the Intimidators.

 

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