The state of the White Sox rebuild, and more specifically, the progress of some key prospects within the organization was the subject of comments to the media made by General Manager Rick Hahn this afternoon.
The best news of the day was the clean bill of health given to right-handed pitching prospect Alec Hansen, who will be making his 2018 regular season debut this weekend after missing the first two months of the season due to injury.
Hansen, 23, has been sidelined with forearm tightness since Spring Training, but will make his first start of the season this weekend in Double-A Birmingham. That’s exceptionally optimistic news for the former Oklahoma Sooner, who’s tight-lipped injury status was drawing concern from many outside of the organization in recent weeks. Hansen has posted a 13-9 record with a stellar 2.39 ERA to go along with 272 strikeouts in 196 innings of work over parts of two seasons since being drafted in June of 2016.
Luis Robert, who also missed the beginning of the season due to injury will be making his way to Winston-Salem in the next “week to 10 days,” according to Hahn. Robert, 20, has compiled 7 hits, 4 RBI, 1 walk and a stolen base in six games with the Kannapolis Intimidators since returning from a thumb injury sustained in Spring Training.
Rick Hahn also mentioned that fellow outfield prospect Micker Adolfo will begin a throwing program after receiving a positive medical evaluation on his torn flexor muscle, and UCL injury that his relegated him to designated hitter duties for all of the 2018 regular season.
Through 59 games, the 21-year-old outfielder sports a .248/.217/.407 hitting line with a .724 OPS. Adolfo has logged seven home runs, and 34 RBIs with the Dash this season.
The White Sox also reported that major league outfielder Avisail Garcia has received a clean bill of health after missing considerable time with a hamstring strain. Garcia was spotted this weekend going through running and jumping tests with strength coach Allen Thomas in Boston, and will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte, tomorrow.
Garcia was hitting just .233 through the first 18 games of the season before being sidelined with the injury after making the American League All-Star team in 2017, his best season in the majors to this point in his career.
Hahn also noted that super-prospect Eloy Jimenez will indeed make a stop in Triple-A Charlotte before ascending to the major league level, however no timetable for that move, or a move to the majors for Michael Kopech was given.