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Eloy Jimenez and a bunch of White Sox prospects get promoted as the rebuild advances

Eloy Jimenez and a bunch of White Sox prospects get promoted as the rebuild advances

For White Sox fans focused on what’s happening at the major league level, there’s understandable frustration over the team’s 25-games-below-.500 record.

But in the minor leagues, progress is happening, and there was no more tangible sign of that than Thursday, when a host of the organization’s highly touted prospects, including top-ranked prospect Eloy Jimenez, were promoted.

Jimenez, ranked as the No. 3 prospect in all of baseball, is the biggest name of the bunch. He’s moving on up from Double-A Birmingham to Triple-A Charlotte, joining top-ranked pitching prospect Michael Kopech as being just a step away from playing on the South Side.

Jimenez got a late start to the season while recovering from an injury, but he’s put up impressive numbers, with a .317/.368/.556 slash line to go along with 10 home runs, 42 RBIs and 15 doubles in 53 games.

Plenty of fans and observers have deemed Jimenez ready for the majors right now, but general manager Rick Hahn had said for a while that Jimenez would play at the Triple-A level, citing the different way pitchers will attack him as a hitter and the oft-discussed boxes that the White Sox need to see every prospect check (the reason Kopech is still playing at Triple-A).

Jimenez is the organization’s top-ranked prospect, but the White Sox have created an unbelievable depth of highly touted guys and a lot of them were on the move Thursday, too.

Luis Robert, who just recently started his season after recovering from a thumb injury, was moved from Class A Kannapolis to Class A Winston-Salem, as Hahn said he would just a little while ago. Robert was the victim of overcrowding in the Winston-Salem outfield, a problem somewhat remedied by Thursday’s moves. The No. 3 prospect in the White Sox system and the No. 24 prospect in baseball, Robert slashed .289/.360/.400 with four RBIs and four stolen bases in just 13 games.

Dylan Cease, acquired with Jimenez in last summer’s crosstown trade with the Cubs, was promoted from Class A Winston-Salem to Double-A Birmingham. Cease is the organization’s No. 5 prospect and the No. 52 prospect in the game. He went 9-2 with a 2.89 ERA and 82 strikeouts in 71.2 innings with Winston-Salem.

Luis Alexander Basabe was one of the bigger stories of the first half of the minor league season, sticking out among a group of highly productive outfielders at Class A Winston-Salem. He was promoted to Double-A Birmingham after slashing .266/.370/.502 with nine homers, 12 doubles and five triples to go along with 30 RBIs in 58 games. Basabe is ranked the No. 13 prospect in the White Sox organization.

Luis Gonzalez tore it up in the first half at Class A Kannapolis, and last year’s third-round pick was promoted to Class A Winston-Salem. Ranked as the No. 18 prospect in the White Sox system, Gonzalez slashed .300/.358/.491 with eight homers, 16 doubles, 26 RBIs and seven stolen bases in 55 games.

Ian Hamilton was promoted from Double-A Birmingham to Triple-A Charlotte after posting a pencil-thin 1.78 ERA in 21 relief appearances. The No. 19 prospect in the White Sox organization racked up 12 saves in 13 save opportunities with the Barons and allowed just five earned runs in his 25.1 innings. Hamilton is a name to watch considering the bullpen of the future is far less defined than the White Sox rotation of the future.

Seby Zavala, ranked as the White Sox No. 21 prospect, showed during the first half that his prospect ranking should perhaps be much higher. He’s moving from Double-A Birmingham to Triple-A Charlotte after slashing .271/.358/.472 with 11 home runs and 31 RBIs in 56 games.

Alex Call, a third-round pick in 2016, was promoted from Class A Winston-Salem to Double-A Birmingham. Call slashed .256/.368/.421 with 19 extra-base hits and 28 RBIs in 56 games.

Joel Booker, who famously stole home for a walk-off win earlier this season and also won the South Atlantic League All-Star Game MVP award this week, was promoted from Class A Winston-Salem to Double-A Birmingham after he slashed .297/.389/.468 21 extra-base hits and 14 stolen bases in 53 games.

Blake Battenfield, taken in the 17th round of last year’s draft, starred for Class A Kannapolis in the first half with a 2.00 ERA in 13 starts. He struck out 69 batters in 67.2 innings and earned a promotion to Class A Winston-Salem.

Lincoln Henzman, another 2017 draftee, selected in the fourth round, was also promoted from Class A Kannapolis to Class A Winston-Salem. He had a 2.23 ERA and 60 strikeouts in his 13 starts with the Intimidators.

What did White Sox prospects do yesterday? More trouble for Carson Fulmer in the minor leagues

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What did White Sox prospects do yesterday? More trouble for Carson Fulmer in the minor leagues

Here's your daily update on what the White Sox highly touted prospects are doing in the minor leagues.

Triple-A Charlotte

The good news is that Carson Fulmer only issued one walk in his fourth start at Charlotte since being demoted from the big league club. The bad news is he allowed six runs, five of which were earned, on nine hits, including two homers, in just five innings in this 6-2 loss. Fulmer's 3.68 ERA over those four starts isn't too terrible, but a lot of hitters have reached base against him. In 22 innings, Fulmer's walked 15 batters and given up 19 hits.

Double-A Birmingham

Spencer Adams allowed just one run over six innings in this 3-2 loss. Adams is in a nice groove lately, with one earned run allowed in 21 innings over his last three starts. Eloy Jimenez, Zack Collins and Seby Zavala each had a hit in this one.

Class A Winston-Salem

Joel Booker had two hits, including a double, in this 2-1 win. Micker Adolfo had a hit, and Blake Rutherford scored a run.

Class A Kannapolis

Luis Robert, Luis Gonzalez and Luis Curbelo each had a hit in this 4-1 win.

Daily White Sox prospects update: Luis Robert makes season debut at Kannapolis

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Daily White Sox prospects update: Luis Robert makes season debut at Kannapolis

Here's your daily update on what the White Sox highly touted prospects are doing in the minor leagues.

Class A Kannapolis

Luis Robert, the No. 3 prospect in the White Sox system, played his first game of minor league baseball in the United States on Tuesday, an 11-10 loss in the second game of a doubleheader. Robert, who was sidelined for three months while recovering from a thumb injury, went 0-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout in his season debut. Luis Gonzalez, on the other hand, had five RBIs in the game and three hits combined between the two games, the first of which was an 8-6 loss.

Triple-A Charlotte

Carson Fulmer issued another quartet of walks in his latest start at Triple-A, this game ending in a 4-1 win for the Knights. Fulmer's ERA is a mighty fine 2.12 in his three starts since being demoted by the White Sox, but he's issued a whopping 14 walks in those 17 innings.

Double-A Birmingham

Spencer Adams was very good, allowing zero earned runs over his seven innings in a 2-1 loss. Adams struck out six batters and now has 50 punch outs on the season. Zack Collins had the lone hit among the trio of highly rated prospects playing for the Barons as he, Eloy Jimenez and Seby Zavala combined to go 1-for-10.

Class A Winston-Salem

Joel Booker homered and Blake Rutherford had two hits in a 6-5 win.