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White Sox Minor League Report: Blake Hickman delivers strong performance in debut

White Sox Minor League Report: Blake Hickman delivers strong performance in debut

As part of a weekly series, presented by Ozinga, CSNChicago.com will highlight the top performances of several prospects in a weekly minor league report.

White Sox Blueprint Player of the Week: Blake Hickman (SP), Kannapolis Intimidators

It's been a long road to recovery for the White Sox 2015 draft pick.

Hickman, a Chicago native who graduated from Simeon Career Academy and was part of the White Sox ACE youth program, made his professional debut last week after missing nearly two years with Tommy John Surgery.

In his first career minor-league start, the 6-foot-5 right-hander allowed just one run on five hits with two strikeouts in six innings of work against the Hickory Crawdads.

Hickman followed up that performance on Wednesday, surrendering just four hits and no earned runs with three strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings.

The 23-year-old Hickman will be back on the mound next week against the Hagerstown Suns.

Charlotte Knights

After a rocky outing following his first career professional no-hitter, Lucas Giolito dominated an impressive Durham Bulls lineup.

Giolito allowed just one run on five hits and compiled 11 strikeouts in six innings.

Since getting outrighted to Charlotte, Cody Asche has found his groove in the minor leagues. Asche has .355 average with three home runs and 12 RBI in his last 10 games.

Birmingham Barons

Former 15th round draft selection Jordan Guerrero has turned the corner after a shaky first two months of the season.

Since the calendar turned to June, Guerrero has stymied opposing hitters to the tune of just three earned runs and 10 strikeouts in his last two starts.

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Winston-Salem Dash

The White Sox may have found a hidden gem from the 2015 draft in shortstop Danny Mendick.

While he's a bit old for Single-A, the 23-year-old Mendick has been scorching at the plate over the last two weeks.

Over his last 10 games, Mendick has 15 hits to go along with two homers and six RBI. The New York-native has also added three stolen bases during that span.

DSL White Sox

The Dominican Summer League kicked off on June 3, and while many White Sox fans are anxiously awaiting the debut of Cuban outfielder Luis Robert, there are a few other players to keep an eye on.

Josue Guerrero, the nephew of future MLB Hall of Famer Vladimir Guerrero, made his debut after signing a $1.1 million deal with the club last June.

It's been a slow start for Guerrero as he's slashing just .190/.292/.286, but he's second on the team with four RBI and has two doubles in his first five games.

White Sox-Cardinals series, amid COVID-19 outbreak, still scheduled to play

White Sox-Cardinals series, amid COVID-19 outbreak, still scheduled to play

At least one sign points to the St. Louis Cardinals returning to play soon enough to play the White Sox this weekend.

The White Sox announced on Monday that the start time of their Saturday game against the Cardinals had been pushed back from a day game to a night game.

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While that isn’t extraordinarily newsworthy on it’s own, it does indicate that MLB still intends for the Cardinals to travel to Chicago to play the White Sox. St. Louis hasn’t played since July 29, since nine players and seven staff tested positive for COVID-19, according to CBS Sports.

While things can certainly change quickly, if everything remains the same the Cardinals will make up two games against the Detroit Tigers on Aug. 13. The White Sox were previously scheduled to play the Cardinals that day, so they will now have an off day on Aug. 13 and will begin their series against St. Louis on Aug. 14.

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Luis Robert not in White Sox lineup for series opener against Detroit Tigers

Luis Robert not in White Sox lineup for series opener against Detroit Tigers

Luis Robert is not in the White Sox lineup for Monday’s series opener against the Detroit Tigers. Adam Engel will take Robert’s usual spot in center field.

It’s likely just a rest day for Robert who has played in all 16 games for the White Sox, so far.

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Robert hit the ground running to start his major league career, slashing .302/.362/.460 through Sunday night’s game with two homers and six RBI. He’s also tied for the most stolen bases in the A.L. with four.

However, Robert has cooled off a bit over his last five games, hitting .158 with nine strikeouts, one walk and no homers or RBI.


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