Sox Seek Fourth Straight Win; Trio of 2016 Draft Picks Continue to Shine
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
White Sox vs. Phillies at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) as the Sox look for the two-game sweep and their fourth straight win. Starting Pitchers: RHP James Shields (5-15, 5.98) for the Sox, RHP Jerad Eickhoff (8-12, 3.91) for the Phillies.
Carlos Rodon continued his impressive work on the mound and Jose Abreu and Justin Morneau smacked back-to-back homers as the Sox routed the Phillies, 9-1, in the opener of the series.
Rodon delivered his fourth straight outstanding start for his fourth win of the season. He blanked the Phils on three hits over 6.2 innings while striking out four and walking only one. In his last four outings, Carlos is 2-0 and has given up only four earned runs on 19 hits in 24.1 innings with 21 strikeouts and six walks.
Abreu went 2-3 with three RBI which included a two-run blast in the fifth inning, his 17th long one of the year and third in as many games. Next batter up, Morneau hit a solo shot, his fifth of the season. Adam Eaton and Tim Anderson each singled and tripled with Anderson driving in a pair. Melky Cabrera, Todd Frazier and Carlos Sanchez each added an RBI. Avi Garcia doubled and scored in his return from the disabled list.
Enjoy Rodon’s gem (top link) and the Abreu and Morneau homers:
As we have reported on more than one occasion, the White Sox’ top three picks in the 2016 MLB draft have all started their pro careers in impressive fashion.
Here’s an update on their latest successes.
–First pick Zack Collins (10th overall) has been catching and DHing at High Class A Winston-Salem and is headed for both the Instructional League and the Arizona Fall League after his season is completed. Last night vs. Frederick, he went deep twice, both solo shots, for the first multi-hit game of his pro career.
–Second pick Zack Burdi (26th overall) has already climbed the ladder to Class AAA Charlotte. The right-handed reliever struck out the side for the Knights in the eighth inning last night vs. Durham and has 16 Ks in eight innings at AAA and 14 strikeouts without allowing a run in his last six frames.
–Third pick Alec Hansen (49th overall) was virtually unhittable in his stints in the Arizona Rookie League and the rookie Pioneer League and has been promoted to Class A Kannapolis. The righty had a combined 2-0 record with a 1.03 ERA at the above stops. He struck out 70, walked 16 and allowed just 13 hits in 43.2 innings.
Quotes of the Day
White Sox Director of Player Development Nick Capra on the three top picks (via Scott Merkin, whitesox.com):
On Collins: “Looks good. Catching well. He’s swinging the bat well. We just want to get him out there and see him play.”
On Burdi: “He’s close. There are things he needs to work on and get better…Just an electric arm. He’s touched 100-plus (mph) several times. If he stays over the ball, he’s dynamite. Good slider, good put-away pitch. He has been impressive.”
On Hansen: “…He’s been really good. He’s had double-digit strikeouts every night. He’s not walking people. A couple of mechanical changes, small issues he had coming in. He’s really taken off with it. The Pioneer League is actually a hitter’s league. He’s done a nice job. When you have stuff like he does, it comes out of his hand pretty well, he dominated the league. He didn’t belong there.”
The White Sox conclude their nine-game homestand with a four-game set vs. the Mariners:
Tomorrow (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Starting Pitchers: RHP Anthony Ranaudo (1-1, 9.42) for the Sox, TBA for Seattle.
Friday (7:10 p.m. CT, WGN). Starting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (15-6, 3.15) for the Sox, TBA for the Mariners.
Saturday (6:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (10-9, 2.84) for the Sox, TBA for Seattle.
Sunday (1:10 p.m. CT, WGN). Starting Pitchers: LHP Carlos Rodon (4-8, 4.02) for the Sox, TBA for the Mariners.
Photos of the Day
Future Sox: Collins (swinging), Burdi (Knights uniform), Hansen (Sox uni).