White Sox prospect Jake Burger had been in a bit of a slump, but broke out in a very big way on Thursday.
The player the Sox drafted 11th overall in the June draft hit for the cycle for Low-A Kannapolis. Burger hit for a single in the second inning, homered in the third, tripled in the fifth, walked in the seventh and got the cycle with a double in the bottom of the ninth.
Burger's big night came after he had struggled for much of August. The third baseman hit .358/.449/.582 in 19 games in July after getting promoted from rookie ball. However, he slumped in August with just three multi-hit games in the month before Thursday's cycle. Burger, who did show signs of getting out of the slump with a 3-for-4 night on Tuesday, entered Thursday hitting .192 in August.
CYCLE! JAKE BURGER DOUBLES OFF THE WALL IN RIGHT FIELD!— Kannapolis Intimidators (@Intimidators) August 25, 2017
He’s 4-4, 2B, 3B, HR, 3 RBI.
Burger capped it off by bunting for a single in the 11th to finish 5-for-5 with a walk. Gavin Sheets, the second-round pick of the White Sox in this year's draft, singled home Blake Rutherford for the Intimidators' win in the next at-bat.
As if a cycle from a recent first-round pick didn't make that game notable enough, it also went to extra innings and the Intimidators had a position player, Grant Massey, pitch. Not only did Massey, a shortstop, pitch, but he pitched well. Massey had three shutout innings with three strikeouts and no walks and got the win.
Grant Massey has faced the minimum thru 3.0 innings, working around 3 hits. He has struck out 3.— Kannapolis Intimidators (@Intimidators) August 25, 2017
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It was an eventful night in White Sox prospect news all around. Also in Kannapolis, Rutherford, the prize piece in the Todd Frazier/David Robertson/Tommy Kahnle trade with the Yankees, had the game-winning hit and went 3-for-5 with a double and a walk in his second game back from the disabled list.
Another prized outfield prospect, Luis Robert, came off the DL on Wednesday as well. Robert went 2-for-4 with a double and a triple on Thursday.
Also, pitcher Alec Hansen is headed to Double-A Birmingham. White Sox director of player development Chris Getz said on the WGN broadcast of Thursday's White Sox game that Hansen will be promoted and make his Barons debut on Monday. Hansen took the minor league lead in strikeouts with 174 after striking out eight on Wednesday for High-A Winston-Salem.