White Sox

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.

[VIVID SEATS: Get your White Sox tickets here]

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.

Prospects Zack Burdi, Luis Basabe to begin rehab stints in White Sox minors

Prospects Zack Burdi, Luis Basabe to begin rehab stints in White Sox minors

Tommy John surgeries have knocked out two top White Sox pitching prospects for 2019 (Michael Kopech and Dane Dunning), but one pitching prospect is set to make a notable step in his return from the surgery.

Zack Burdi will join Single-A Kannapolis on a rehab stint on Monday. Burdi had Tommy John surgery in July of 2017. In his first game action since the surgery, he made seven appearances last August with the Arizona League White Sox (rookie level). The Downers Grove native made five more appearances in the Arizona Fall League before being pulled from the league due to “general fatigue.” He talked about his recovery process on an episode of the White Sox Talk Podcast.

In spring training, Burdi was not invited to major league camp and he wasn’t on a minor league roster when the season began. With this news, he is set to hit another milestone in his return. If all goes well in Kannapolis, it is expected that Burdi will join Triple-A Charlotte, where he was in 2017 when he got hurt.

If Burdi can recapture his stuff, which profiled him as a back end of the bullpen pitcher, he could even join the White Sox sometime in 2019. He has to show he is healthy and back to his old self first though. The 24-year-old was taken with the 26th pick in the 2016 draft and is the No. 16 prospect in the system according to MLB Pipeline.

Another prospect will be joining Burdi in Kannapolis on a rehab assignment. Outfielder Luis Alexander Basabe, No. 7 prospect in the system, will also join the Intimidators on Monday. Basabe broke the hamate bone in his left hand during batting practice in spring training. It was initially estimated that he would return in late May, so Basabe appears to be ahead of schedule. The 22-year-old spent the second half of 2019 with Double-A Birmingham and is expected to return there after rehabbing with Kannapolis.

Elsewhere on the White Sox prospect injury watch, Luis Robert left a game on Saturday with soreness in his left hand and is reportedly day-to-day. He was hit by a pitch in the first game of a doubleheader for Single-A Winston-Salem. He made one at-bat in the second game, a leadoff groundout, and then was taken out of the game. He did not play on Sunday.

Robert endured an injury-plagued 2018. He was limited to 50 games, but has been on fire early in 2019. Robert leads the Carolina League in batting average (.475), home runs (6), hits (28), runs (16), on-base percentage (.530) and slugging percentage (.915) and is tied for the league lead in RBIs (18) and stolen bases (7).

 

Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the White Sox easily on your device.

Saturday's White Sox-Tigers game postponed due to rain; makeup scheduled for August

sox_rain_out_april_20.jpg
USA TODAY

Saturday's White Sox-Tigers game postponed due to rain; makeup scheduled for August

The White Sox and Tigers were likely to start Saturday's game (12:10 p.m. CT) in a rain delay. Instead, the game has been pushed back altogether.

With rain expected all afternoon in Detroit, Saturday's game has been postponed. A makeup is scheduled for Aug. 6 at 12:10 p.m. as part of a split doubleheader. The originally scheduled game will start at 6:10 p.m. CT.

According to a press release, all paid tickets from Saturday's game will be valid for the first game of the doubleheader.

Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the White Sox easily on your device.