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White Sox prospect Jake Burger hits for the cycle in wild minor league game

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White Sox prospect Jake Burger hits for the cycle in wild minor league game

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.

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.

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.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Ask Us Anything Part 2

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Ask Us Anything Part 2

In Part 2 of "Ask Us Anything" we answer the following questions: Who will be the biggest free agent the White Sox sign this off-season? What are the chances they trade Avi Garcia before the deadline? What's your assessment so far of Luis Robert?  Who's on your all-time busted prospect list? Is Omar Vizquel the next White Sox manager? Would the 1994 White Sox have won the World Series if there wasn't a strike?  What's the long term plan at third base? These questions and many more on this edition of the White Sox Talk Podcast.

If you missed Part 1 of 'Ask Us Anything', you can listen to the full episode here 

Listen to the full Part 2 of 'Ask Us Anything' at this link or in the embedded player below: 

 

White Sox catching prospect mentioned in some elite company

White Sox catching prospect mentioned in some elite company

White Sox catching prospect Zack Collins is being talked about in some elite company after a recent accomplishment.

Collins participated in the Southern League Home Run Derby in Double-A earlier this evening for the Birmingham Barons, and he secured his first career home run derby win.

Now, this is cool, thanks to NBC Sports Chicago’s stats guru Chris Kamka: Dating way back to 1895, Babe Ruth was born on Feb. 6, 1895. Collins was born on the same day as Ruth, but 100 years later.

It’s still way too early to make any sort of comparisons, but it’s a fun way to connect the two.

Collins so far this season is hitting .267 with 9 HR, 33 RBI’s and 59 BB in 62 games. Those walks lead the Southern League. The next highest is 39.

Collins is hitting much better than he did when he was with Single-A Winston-Salem last season. Collins hit a mere .233 in 101 games.

Think about this too. Rick Hahn mentioned several White Sox prospects will get promotions in the coming days. Could this mean Collins will get his opportunity? We’ll just have to wait and see.