Monday Minors Recap: Tuesday Edition
Welcome to the first ever feature of Monday Minors Recap. Every Monday for the rest of the season I’ll be taking a look at the other teams in the White Sox system and updating readers on how the teams have done. Of course, I’ll be paying special attention to Voyager alums.
Yes. I know it’s Tuesday. Better late than never, right? Consider yesterday a preview…
The White Sox farm system hasn’t done well so far. With a combined record of 6-13, the wins haven’t quite come yet across the system. That said, there are plenty of individual players who are having nice starts, and many once wore a Voyager uniform.
Kannapolis Intimidators, A-ball (1-4)
Kannapolis struggled in the first week of play, dropping 3 of 4 to the Hickory Crawdads and the first of 3 with the Delmarva Shorebirds. Going has been tough on both sides of the ball as the team has allowed 35 runs (7 per game) and scored just 19 (3.8 per game). The power bats have been almost completely silent with only 1 home run so far. The Intimidators have also made 12 errors.
It’s not all bad, however, as a couple of Intimidators have had great starts. 2011 Voyager Stephen McCray started half of a doubleheader against Hickory on April 7 and threw 4 scoreless innings. McCray only allowed 2 hits while striking out 5 as he came out with a no-decision.
Leighton Pangilinan has provided one of the few bright spots offensively as he’s lit up Sally League pitching through the first weekend. 8 hits, 13 total bases, and only 3 K’s in 21 plate appearences has the first baseman boasting a .421/.476/.684 triple slash line (batting average/on-base percentage/slugging). Those are big time numbers. Rangel Ravelo never played in Great Falls, but he has the team’s only home run and boast a 1.038 OPS. Most of the rest of the team has started poorly offensively, but there is still plenty of time to get going.
The Intimidators continue their series with Delmarva tonight and tomorrow. On Thursday, they head on the road for the first time for 4 games with the Lexington Legends.
Winston-Salem Dash, High A-ball (1-2)
The Dash have also started a bit slow, dropping their first series 2 out of 3 to the Carolina Mudcats. The offense has put forth a strong 18 runs, but the pitching has given that back with more to spare allowing 23 to score. Former Voyager Spencer Arroyo was shelled particularily hard in his start on Sunday. Arroyo couldn’t get through the fourth inning and allowed 7 runs on 6 hits and a walk. He did, however, pick up 5 K’s, which could be a sign of better things to come.
None of the hitters have much of a stat line through 3 games as 11 at bats is the most any Dash player has, but a couple Voyager alums have picked up some big knocks. Catcher Michael Blanke has the only Dash home run of the season in his 7 at bats. Trayce Thompson has also walked 3 times and stolen a pair of bases so far, a good start for a speedy center fielder who looks to get on base and run.
The Dash start a new road series against the Frederick Keys tonight before heading home for a weekend trio with the Carolina Mud Cats.
Birmingham Barons, AA (1-4)
Continuing the trend of rough starts in the White Sox system, the AA Birmingham Barons of the Southern League lost 4 games of a 5-game road series against the Jacksonville Generals. The Barons actually outscored their opposition 19-18 but lost 3 1-run games. For many teams, that is simple bad luck, so Baron fans shouldn’t get down on their team yet.
2007 Voyager Henry Mabee was a key contributor on the hill for the Barons, pitching 4.1 scoreless innings in two relief appearences and earning the team’s only win. Mabee also picked up 3 K’s and didn’t walk a man. Drew Garcia, back with Birmingham after spending much of last season with AAA Charlotte, has been the big stick, collecting 7 hits, including a double, in 17 at bats.
The Barons head back to Birmingham tonight for their home opener, the first of 5 games with the Huntsville Stars (the Southern League seems to play oddly long 5 game series), then hits the road again on Sunday to start a 5-game set in Chattanooga.
Charlotte Knights, AAA (2-3)
The Knights have been the White Sox most successful team so far this season, which isn’t too good when you consider they are only 2-3. The Knights won the first two games of the season against the Norfolk Tides, but then dropped the final two games of the series and lost the first game of 3 against the Durham Bulls.
Yesterday, I discussed how this season may be make-or-break for Tyler Kuhn’s career, and he has answered the bell in a big way thusfar. Through 5 games, the 25 year-old second baseman is hitting .421 with 3 extra base hits, 12 total bases and has racked up a 1.032 OPS. This comes while playing without an error at second base. Former Voyager Anthony Carter has also had a solid start from the mound. He has two scoreless innings and has picked up a save along the way.
Charlotte plays game 2 of 3 in Durham tonight before going to Norfolk to play 3 more with the Tides over the weekend.