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): After picking up eight hits in 16 at-bats in his first three games with the Knights, the last six have not been as successful for Moncada, who posted a 5-21 mark last week. Moncada had one home run, one double, and an RBI over that same span, while striking out five times and collecting a pair of walks.
Season Stats: .317/.404/.488/.892 – 2 HR, 3 RBI, 14 K, 6 BB, 2 SB
Lucas Giolito (RHP): Giolito continued to be a work-in-progress this past week, losing his only start since last week’s farm report. 4.0 IP, 3 ER, 3 H, 4 K, 4 BB, 1 HR is what Giolito’s line looked like in his second start of the season for the Knights, making it two consecutive rough starts to begin the season.
Season Stats: 0-1, 7.56 ERA, 8.1 IP, 8 K, 6 BB, 1.80 WHIP
Reynaldo Lopez (RHP): After lasting only three innings on Opening Day, Lopez pitched his way into the sixth inning his second time around, before taking a loss after 5.1 innings of work. Lopez allowed four runs on four hits and walked four hitters, but struck out 10 in the process.
Season Stats: 0-1, 5.02 ERA, 14.1 IP, 19 K, 9 BB, 1.53 WHIP
Carson Fulmer (RHP): After winning his first start of the season with a strong six innings of two-run ball, Fulmer looked more like the Fulmer who came out of the ‘pen for the White Sox last summer, giving up five runs on eight hits over the course of five innings of work in his second start of the season. Fulmer struck out three, walked one, and allowed one homer during the start.
Season Stats: 1-1, 5.73 ERA, 11.0 IP, 8 K, 2 BB, 1.45 WHIP
After starting the season 4-0, the Knights have dropped their last seven games entering play on Monday, and saw struggles from all of the prospects across the board. Nicky Delmonico went 4-27 this past week, and Adam Engel was hit-less in 16 at-bats, being retired via the strikeout in six of those at-bats. Zack Burdi took a loss on Sunday, and his ERA is over seven on the early season.
Birmingham Barons (Double-A)
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Michael Kopech (RHP): Another short start for Kopech this week, only lasting 3.2 innings against the Montgomery Biscuits in his last start. While Kopech only allowed a run on one hit and struck out five hitters, he also walked five hitters, and ran his pitch count high very early in the ballgame.
Season Stats: 0-0, 3.38 ERA, 8.0 IP, 15 K, 7 BB, 1.38 WHIP
Spencer Adams took his second loss of the season this week, despite firing seven innings of one-run ball, and allowing only three hits and striking out six. Adams is now 0-2 with a 3.86 ERA in two starts to this point.
After striking out eight times last week, Courtney Hawkins followed that up with 12 more this week, giving him 20 strikeouts, no walks, and eight hits in 37 at-bats this season. Keon Barnum, Trey Michalczewski, Eddy Alvarez, and Jake Peter are all still carrying sub-.200 batting averages through the first two weeks of the season for the Barons.
Winston-Salem Dash (High-A)
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Zack Collins (C): Over his first three games this season, Collins was hitting .400 (4-10) with a home run, a pair of doubles, and a base-hit, with an RBI. Collins has cooled off somewhat since the end of the first week of the season, now only hitting .243 (9-37) through his first 11 games of the 2017 season. Collins has drawn nine walks thus far, boosting his OBP to .383 to this point.
Luis Alexander Basabe had a better week, collecting four hits in 11 at-bats, while only striking out once, while fellow outfielder Alex Call went 9-29 for the Dash this week, and improvement over his 1-12 opening week.
Kannapolis Intimidators (Low-A)
Breaking News! OK, Not really, but anyways… Dane Dunning is real good.
Dunning’s season line now looks like this: 0-0, 0.64 ERA, 14.0 IP, 1 ER, 7 H, 21 K, 0 BB, 0.50 WHIP.
I can foresee a promotion to Winston-Salem in the 2016 first-round selection’s near future if he continues this torrid pace.
Jameson Fisher is hitting .308 (12-39) through his first 11 games for Kannapolis, and Mitch Roman is lighting it up at .447 (17-38) with three doubles, and a pair of RBI through the first 11 games of the season.