Mitchell and Ness Throwback NFL Jersey Prospects Keston Hiura, Corbin Burnes impress

Here’s MLB Pipeline’s roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Thursday.

The Brewers’ top two prospects showed a bit of why they are so highly-touted on Thursday night.

Here’s MLB Pipeline’s roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Thursday.

The Brewers’ top two prospects showed a bit of why they are so highly-touted on Thursday night.

Milwaukee’s No. 1 prospect Keston Hiura (No. 56 overall) hit his first homer of the season in a 2-for-5 showing with Class A Advanced Carolina while Corbin Burnes (Brewers’ No. 2, No. 69 overall) spun a scoreless start and picked up the win for Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Hiura, who hit .371 in 42 games after he was picked in the first round a season ago, got off to a slow start this season, but he appears to be finding his rhythm. The 21-year-old has hits in four of his past five games, raising his average from .143 to .220 over that timeframe.

Hiura’s first homer of 2018

Bu Vintage 1968 Mitchell and Ness Joe Namath New York Jets Throwback Jersey Cheap rnes was impressive from start to finish as he struck out the side in the first inning, setting the tone for things to come. The right-hander notched at least one Men’s 1985 Chicago Bears 34 Walter Payton Mitchell and Ness Authentic Throwback Navy Blue Jersey  strikeout in five of his first six innings, ultimately finishing with nine.

Burnes faced one batter in the seventh, got a flyout, then was lifted after yielding three hits over 6 1/3 innings.

Burnes rings up ninth strikeout

Other top prospect performances from Thursday’s action:

• No. 3 overall prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays’ No. 1) is hitting .362/.411/.596 after going 2-for-4 with Double-A New Hampshire. Guerrero has hits in 10 of 12 games this season and has notched multiple hits in five of his past six games. While Guerrero was contributing on the offensive end, Jordan Romano (No. 27) kept Binghamton in check with seven innings of one-run ball.

• No. 23 overall prospect Austin Hays (Orioles’ No. 1) was responsible for half of Double-A Bowie’s offense in a 6-1 win  Vintage 1968 Mitchell and Ness Joe Namath New York Jets Throwback Jersey Cheap over Richmond. Hays finished just 1-for-4, but he drove in three runs via a sacrifice fly in the first and a two-run homer in the ninth. Cedric Mullins (Orioles’ No. 7) collected a season-high three hits, going 3-for-5, and Keegan Akin (Orioles’ No. 9) picked up his first win of the year as he struck out seven over six innings of one-run ball.

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• No. 38 overall prospect Jack Flaherty (Cardinals’ No. 2) spu Mitchell and Ness Dan Fouts Los Angeles Chargers Vintage 1984 Throwback Football Jersey Cheap n the first complete game of his career (seven innings) and moved to 3-0 as he led Triple-A Memphis to a win over Omaha in Game 1 of a doubleheader. The 22-year-old right hander gave up two runs (one earned) on two hits and struck out six while throwing 67 of his 95 pitches for strikes.

Flaherty finishes complete game

• No. 97 overall prospect Aust Men’s 1994 Buffalo Bills 35th Anniversary Jim Kelly Mitchell and Ness Royal Blue Throwback Jersey in Riley (Braves’ No. 8) is swinging a scorching-hot bat for Double-A Mississippi. The 21-year-old, who went 3-for-3, is hitting .408 after his fourth straight multi-hit effort. Over those four games, Riley is 10-for-15 with six extra-base hits and five RBIs.

• No. 99 overall prospect Blake Rutherford (White Sox No. 7) continued his hot start and extended his hitting streak to six games, going 4-for-5 with Class A Advanced Winston-Salem. Rutherford, who is batting .404 through 11 games, also set a career high with four RBIs. Micker Adolfo (No. 10) also contributed to the win, hitting his third homer of the year.

Rutherford’s two-run single

Athletics No. 8 prospect Sean Murphy pushed his average to .409 with his fourth consecutive multi-hit performance for Double-A Midland. Murphy, who hit just .209 in 53 games with Midland last season, went 4-for-5 and is off to a particularly fast start at the plate. The 23-year-old has hits in nine of the 11 games he’s played in and has also racked up nine RBIs.

Murphy knocks out four hits

• Braves No. 10 prospect Joey Wentz was once again dominant for Class A Advanced Florida. Wentz retired the first five batters he faced on his way toward hurling five scoreless innings. The 20-year-old hasn’t given up a run in either of his past two starts (10 innings) and has allowed just one run all season. Wentz struck out six, including the final two batters he faced, and has now fanned 15 in 14 innings.

Cubs No. 3 prospect Oscar De La Cruz bounced back from a couple rough starts to spin a gem for Double-A Tennessee. The right-hander gave up 11 earned runs over six innings in his first two starts, but he showed no signs of struggle against Montgomery. De La Cruz dominated through six scoreless frames, surrendering just one hit and striking out six.

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• Pirates prospects Calvin Mitchell (No. 16) and Travis MacGregor (No. 25) led Class A West Virginia to a 3-0 win over Asheville. Mitchell, who finished 2-for-4, provided all the offense with a three-run homer in the third while MacGregor did his part by pitching six scoreless innings. MacGregor, who struck out six and yielded three hits, has given up just one earned run over three starts this season.

Red Sox No. 11 prospect Josh Ockimey picked the perfect time — waiting until the bases were loaded — to hit his first homer of the season. The 22-year-old went 3-for-4 for Double-A Portland and put the game out of reach with a grand slam in the seventh.

Royals No. 25 prospect Chase Vallot snapped an 0-for-17 skid with a first-inning grand slam for Class A Advanced Wilmington. Vallot picked up a fifth RBI via a bases-loaded walk in the fourth, but is still having a tough time at the plate as he finished 1-for-5.

Angels No. 29 prospect Joe Gatto gave up five runs in three innings in his last start with Class A Advanced Inland Empire, but he bounced back in a big way against Lancaster. The 22-year-old right-hander fired 53 of his 79 pitches for strikes as he struck out nine and yielded three hits over six scoreless frames. Gatto struck out the side in the first and notched at least one strikeout in five of his six innings.

William Boor is a reporter for MLB Pipeline. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor.

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CHICAGO — Pitching continues to impress up and down the farm for the White Sox.

Michael Kopech, Dylan Cease and Dane Dunning Men’s 1985 Chicago Bears 34 Walter Payton Mitchell and Ness Authentic Throwback Navy Blue Jersey  have already gotten off to hot starts, and promotions may be in their near futures.

CHICAGO — Pitching continues to impress up and down the farm for the White Sox.

Michael Kopech, Dylan Cease and Dane Dunning have already gotten off to hot starts, and promotions may be in their near futures.

However, some of the middle-tier pitchers have also performed well, illustrating the vast depth of the team’s Minor League system.

In addition, young outfielder Luis Alexander Basabe is off to a scorching start at Class A Advanced Winston-Salem.

Here is a rundown of some strong early performances:

Ian Clarkin, LHP, Double-A Birmingham

Clarkin was acquired in the midseason trade with the Yankees last season that sent Todd Frazier, David Robertson and To Vintage 1968 Mitchell and Ness Joe Namath New York Jets Throwback Jersey Cheap mmy Kahnle to the Bronx. Entering 2018 as Chicago’s No. 16 prospect, per MLB Pipeline, Clarkin has been lights out thus far in Birmingham.

Through two starts (12 1/3 innings) with the Barons, Clarkin has given up one run on nine hits while walking two and striking out eight. That includes a seven-inning complete game against the Montgomery Biscuits last Sunday.

Clarkin, 23, still needs to prove he can stay healthy — he hasn’t thrown more than 98 innings in a professional season — and this is his first stint in Double-A.

Luis Alexander Basabe, OF, Class A Advanced Winston-Salem

Basabe signed with the Red Sox out of Venezuela in 2012, and arrived as part of the Chris Sale blockbuster that also netted Yoan Moncada and Kopech. After spending al Men’s 1994 Buffalo Bills 35th Anniversary Jim Kelly Mitchell and Ness Royal Blue Throwback Jersey l of 2017 at Winston-Salem, he has started off this season scorching hot.

Through the first couple weeks of the season, Basabe leads the Dash in OPS at 1.030, which also trails only Royals prospect Khalil Lee’s 1.090 mark in the Carolina League. His full slash line is .340/.426/.604, adding two home runs and 11 RBIs. Basabe, 21, is also sixth in the league in batting average, behind two of his teammates — Blake Rutherford and Micker Adolfo.

John Parke, LHP, Single-A Kannapolis

Parke, 23, was drafted by the White Sox in the 21st round of last year’s draft out of South Carolina, and threw 68 1/3 innings for the rookie league AZL White Sox, earning a promotion to Kannapolis this season.

Thus far, Parke has not made the White Sox regret that decision. Parke has thrown 17 innings over three starts, giving up three earned runs and striking out 17. Most impressive might be that he’s walked only two, though he has hit three batters.

Jimmy Lambert, RHP, Class A Advanced Winston-Salem

A fifth-round pick in 2016, Lambert earned a midseason promotion from Kannapolis to  Vintage 1968 Mitchell and Ness Joe Namath New York Jets Throwback Jersey Cheap Winston-Salem last season and struggled in his first go-around. Lambert, 23, pitched to a 5.45 ERA in 14 Carolina League starts in 2017, walking 29 against 59 strikeouts.

While it’s a small sample size, things are different thus far in 2018. Lambert has turned in two excellent starts, giving up just three hits and four walks in 10 1/3 innings. That’s good for a .094 batting average against, and a 2.61 ERA. The home run ball, which gave Lambert trouble in Winston-Salem last season, has yet to bother him this year.

Max Gelman is a reporter for MLB.com based in Chicago.


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CHICAGO — Carlos Rodon joined the White Sox Friday prior to the start of this six-game homestand for a follow-up doctor’s appointment on his surgically repaired left shoulder.

Rodon will throw a side session Saturday for pitching coach Don Cooper at Guar Mitchell and Ness Dan Fouts Los Angeles Chargers Vintage 1984 Throwback Football Jersey Cheap anteed Rate Field and then will return to Arizona to begin making starts in extended Spring Training on Monday. That rehab trail will lead the left-hander throughout the White Sox system before returning to the White Sox some time after May 28.

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CHICAGO — Carlos Rodon joined the White Sox Friday prior to the start of this six-game homestand for a follow-up doctor’s appointment on his surgically repaired left shoulder.

Rodon will throw a side session Saturday for pitching coach Don Cooper at Guaranteed Rate Field and then will return to Arizona to begin making starts in extended Spring Training on Monday. That rehab trail will lead the left-hander throughout the White Sox system before returning to the White Sox some time after May 28.

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“Those things can lengthen out the process, but if everyth Vintage 1968 Mitchell and Ness Joe Namath New York Jets Throwback Jersey Cheap ing goes well, hopefully by the end of [May]. I can’t really put a date on it.”

The No. 3 pick overall in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft had arthroscopic surgery in September which was to sideline him for six to eight months. The 25-year-old was limited to 12 starts last season after not debuting until June 28 due to b Mens 1994 Buffalo Bills 35th Anniversary Jim Kelly Mitchell and Ness Royal Blue Throwback Jersey iceps bursitis and finishing Sept. 2.

But there seems to be a different level of confidence surrounding Rodon’s recovery this time around, primarily because his shoulder feels good.

“I kind of know more of a plan now compared to last year. I kind of was clueless,” Rodon said. “You never think surgery is a good thing, but in this case it’s not bad at all, considering plan-wise and time-wise, we’re a little more set in stone. I’m in a good place, especially getting to come up here, hang out with the guys and watch a game or two.”

“He’s thrilled to be here, thrilled to be out of Glendale [Ariz.] for a few days,” White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said. “I’m looking forward for him continuing to build over the next couple weeks.”

Fulmer still starting
By Hahn’s estimation, Carson Fulmer had a good start against the Blue Jays, an average start against the Rays and a poor start against the A’s among his three 2018 trips to the mound. But the 24-year-old will not be leaving the rotation any time soon.

Video: TB@CWS: Fulmer K’s Gomez, strands bases loaded

“As we sit here right now, I think Carson is best served by getting the ball every fifth day and trying to learn at the big league level how to get through the struggles he’s encountering,” Hahn said. “That doesn’t mean he’s going to necessarily get the ball every fifth day in perpetuity. He’s going to have to show he’s making progress and this is best for his long term development.

“If we get to the point where we feel we are no longer improving, or he’s no longer doing more good than harm for himself, then we might have to make an adjustment. Right now the plan is for him to continue to start and hopefully build in the right direction.”

Minor injury updates
Alec Hansen, the team’s No. 4 prospect per MLB Pipeline, was limited to one Spring Training appearance due to right forearm soreness. He continues the gradual process back to the mound at extended Spring Training on a throwing program clearly behind Rodon’s.

Video: Top Prospects: Alex Hansen, RHP, White Sox

“This is a forearm muscle issue similar to something that he apparently went through previously in high school,” Hahn said. “At least you have a player who is comfortable knowing where he is at Vintage 1968 Mitchell and Ness Joe Namath New York Jets Throwback Jersey Cheap , knowing that he’s been able to bounce back from this before.

“Physically or medically there is no concern about this. It’s just a matter of getting the thing completely calmed down and then building up for the lost time we’ve had.”

Outfielder Luis Robert, the team’s No. 3 prospect, will be in Chicago next week for a follow-up doctor’s appoint Men’s 1985 Chicago Bears 34 Walter Payton Mitchell and Ness Authentic Throwback Navy Blue Jersey ment on his sprained left thumb ligament. He will then return to Arizona to slowly start ramping up baseball activity.

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk’s Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.


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CHICAGO — Trayce Thompson never wanted to leave the White Vintage 1968 Mitchell and Ness Joe Namath New York Jets Throwback Jersey Cheap  Sox, the team selecting him in the second round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft but also the team trading him to the Dodgers in ’15 as part of a three-way deal that sent Todd Frazier to Chicago.

“Getting traded from here, I was devastated,” Thompson said. “These guys took a chance on me when I was a teenager, and they stuck with me when I was not good in the Minor Leagues. They always believed in me, so I always hope for the best for t Vintage 1968 Mitchell and Ness Joe Namath New York Jets Throwback Jersey Cheap his organization.”

CHICAGO — Trayce Thompson never wanted to leave the White Sox, the team selecting him in the second round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft but also the team trading him to the Dodgers in ’15 as  Men’s 1985 Chicago Bears 34 Walter Payton Mitchell and Ness Authentic Throwback Navy Blue Jersey part of a three-way deal that sent Todd Frazier to Chicago.

“Getting traded from here, I was devastated,” Thompson said. “These guys took a chance on me when I was a teenager, and they stuck with me when I was not good in the Minor Leagues. They always believed in me, so I always hope for the best for this organization.”

As of Thursday night, Thompson once again will be providing his best for the organization. The right-handed hitting Thompson, who produced 16 extra-base hits and a .295 average over 135 plate appearances during his 2015 White Sox debut, returned home to the South Side of Chicago when the White Sox acquired Thompson from the A’s for cash considerations. Thompson, the brother of the NBA’s Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson, has bounced around a little this season.

Video: OAK@LAD: Klay Thompson reacts to Trayce’s HR robbery

He started Spring Training with the Dodgers but was designated for assignment, then was claimed off waivers by the Yankees and then by the A’s. The 27-year-old played in three games for Oakland, going 1-for-7 at the plate, before being designated for assignment on Tuesday while the White Sox were in Oakland.

In his Major League career, Thompson has hit .232/.307/.440 with 19 home runs and 50 RBIs in 154 games. He should have a chance to compete for playing time with Adam Engel, a Gold Glove-caliber center fielder presently hitting .179 with a .488 OPS.

“Yeah, it’s gonna evolve here over the coming weeks,” said White Sox general manager Rick Hahn of Thompson’s role. “He’s gonna provide an option at all three outfield positions, and certainly at the bare minimum he’ll provide some defensive assistance late in ballgames.”

Thompson takes the place of infielder Tyler Saladino on the active roster, with Saladino being traded to the Brewers for cash considerations Thursday. Saladino, 28, had spent his four-year career with the White Sox and played in six games this season, including three starts. He was 2-for-8 with a double, and in his career, Saladino has hit .231/.281/.330 with 12 home runs and 68 RBIs in 246 games.

Video: TB@CWS: Saladino picks up his first hit of the season

“I had the fans in mind every day and worked my hardest to make them proud one way or another,” Saladino told MLB.com of his time in Chicago.

Saladino hit .282 with eight home runs and 38 RBIs in 2016, but battled back problems he feared at times were career-ending in ’17. He came back healthy and earned an ’18 Opening Day roster spot with the White Sox.

The White Sox still have a three-person bench made up of catcher Omar Narvaez, Thompson and Leury Garcia, who figures to be the team’s primary utility infielder. This pair of moves leaves the White Sox 40-man roster at 40, with Thompson back in the spot he never wanted to depart.

“Yesterday was a good [call],” Hahn said. “We get to welcome a guy back who a lot of people not only like and respect as a person, but know what he’s potentially capable of doing as a player. It was a much easier call yesterday than it was a few De Men’s 1994 Miami Dolphins 13 Dan Marino 75th Anniversary Aqua Authentic Throwback Jersey cembers back.”

“I was terri Men’s 1994 Buffalo Bills 35th Anniversary Jim Kelly Mitchell and Ness Royal Blue Throwback Jersey ble last year,” Thompson said. “I have to prove that I’m the same guy I was before that and I think I’m ready to. I had a full offseason to work out and get ready, so I’m ready to go.”

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk’s Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

David Adler is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @_dadler.


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Here’s MLB Pipeline’s roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Wednesday.

When things are going well offensively, more at-bats are certainly welcomed. That being the case, Wednesday’s doubleheader came at a good time for Nick Gordon and LaMonte Wade as the duo helped lead Double-A Chattanooga to a pair of wins over Jacksonville.

Here’s MLB Pipeline’s roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Wednesday.

When things are going well offensively, more at-bats are certainly welcomed. That being the case, Wednesday’s doubleheader came at a good time for Nick Gordon and LaMonte Wade as the duo helped lead Double-A Chattanooga to Mitchell and Ness Dan Fouts Los Angeles Chargers Vintage 1984 Throwback Football Jersey Cheap  a pair of wins over Jacksonville.

Gordon (No. 81 overall, Twins’ No. 4) and Wade (Twins’ No. 13) combined to go 7-for-12 (.583) with two homers and four RBIs over the two games.

Gordon, who went 2-for-4 and 2-for-3, has been swinging a particuarily hot bat lately. The 22-year-old is in the midst of a five-game hitting streak and has two or more hits in five of his past seven games. Gordon also Men’s 1994 Miami Dolphins 13 Dan Marino 75th Anniversary Aqua Authentic Throwback Jersey  has a homer in two of his past three contests, including Game 2 of the doubleheader.

Wade, who went deep in Game 1 and finished 2-for-3 and 1-for-2, is hitting .300 through 12 games this season and has multiple hits in three of his past five games.

Other top prospect performances from Wednesday’s action:

• No. 3 overall prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays’ No. 1) bounced back from Tuesday’s 0-for-5 effort with a 2-for-2 day at the plate. Guerrero singled in the first inning, drove in a run via a sacrifice fly in the third, was hit by a pitch in the sixth and capped his day with a double in the seventh.

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• No. 33 overall prospect Alex Verdugo (Dodgers’ No. 2) is on an absolute tear with Triple-A Oklahoma City. After going 2-for-5 with a double and two RBIs against Round Rock, the 21-year-old outfielder is hitting .643 (9-for-14) with three homers and nine RBIs over his past five games.

• No. 57 overall prospect Jesus Sanchez (Rays’ No. 4) put together his fourth straight multi-hit game and extended his hitting streak to six for Class A Advanced Charlotte. Sanchez, who is batting .370 through 12 games, went 4-for-5 with a homer — his third in the past four games.

• No. 97 overall prospect Austin Riley (Braves’ No. 8) pushed his average to .370 with his third straight multi-hit performance. Riley went 3-for-4 with a pair of triples and has nine extra-base hits in 13 games for Double-A Mississippi.

Video: Top Prospects: Austin Riley, 3B, Braves

• No. 99 overall prospect Blake Rutherford (White Sox No. 7) and Micker Adolfo (White Sox No. 10) combined for six hits as Class A Advanced Winston-Salem cruised past Down East. Rutherford, who has hits in five straight, went 3-for-5 with three doubles, while Adolfo went 3-for-6 with two RBIs.

Dodgers’ No. 15 prospect Connor Wong hit his sixth homer of the season and turned in another two-hit game for Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga. Wong, who finished 2-for-4, has multiple hits in four of his past five games and has raised his average from .250 to .364 in that span.

Giants’ No. 29 prospect Jordan Johnson extended his scoreless streak to 13 innings as he cruised through seven frames for Double-A Richmond. The right-hander, who picked up his second win of the season, threw 53 of his 76 pitches for strikes, gave up six hits and struck out five. Johnson also didn’t issue a walk and has walked just one batter over his past two starts after giving out five free passes in his first outing.

• Mets prospects David Peterson (No. 2) and Quinn Brodey (No. 28) — both members of the 2017 Draft class — led Class A Columbia to a win over Greenville. Peterson, making his season debut, gave up one run on four hits over six innings, while Brodey extended his hitting streak to seven games with his first career two-homer effort. Brodey, who hit three homers in 63 games last season, went deep in both the eighth and ninth innings, finishing 2-for-4 with three RBIs.

Video: Top Prospects: David Peterson, LHP, Mets

• Rangers prospects Pedro Gonzalez (No. 10) and Anderson Tejeda (No. 12) each homered as part of multi-hit efforts for Class A Hickory and Class A Advanced Down East, respectively. Gonzalez hit his second homer of the season, a two-run blast, in the fifth to highlight a 2-for-3, two-RBI day. Tejeda, who also went 2-for-3, hit a three-run homer off of Dylan Cease (No. 61 overall, White Sox No. 5).

• Rays No. 28 prospect Resly Linares was nearly perfect in his second start for Class A Bowling Green. The 20-year-old lefty gave up seven runs in 3 2/3 innings in his first outing of the season, but this time around he threw 52 of his 85 pitches for strikes, struck out seven and allowed just two baserunners — via a hit batter and an error — over seven scoreless frames.

• Yankees prospects Thairo Estrada (No. 10) and Trevor Stephan (No. 15) did their part as Class A Advanced Tampa routed Daytona, 12-0. Estrada, who was making his season debut after recovering from a gunshot wound sustained in the offseason, wasted no time getting back into the swing of things. The 22-year-old doubled in his first at-bat on his way to a 3-for-5 game. Stephan strung together six zeros for the second straight start, lowering his ERA to 1.13. The right-hander walked two, gave up a pair of hits and struck out eight, bringing his season total to 22 punchouts through 16 innings.

William Boor is a reporter for MLB Pipeline. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor.

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KANSAS CITY — New faces abound in the American League Central in 2018, some young and some old. And we’re not talking about Frosty the Snowman, who has made an appearance in every AL Central park from Detroit to Kansas City here in April.

Let’s go around the horn in the AL Central and check out the new guys.

KANSAS CITY — New faces abound in the American League Central in 2018, some young and some old. And we’re not talking about Frosty the Snowman, who has made an appearance in every AL Central park from Detroit to Kansas City here in April.

Let’s go around the horn in the AL Central and check out the new guys.

Indians
Who’s the new guy?
First baseman Yonder Alonso

Video: CLE@MIN: Alonso homers to right field, call confirmed

How’s it going so far? Through 16 games, Alonso has a .196/.274/.375 slash line to go with three home runs and nine RBIs. Like most of the Indians’ lineup, Alonso’s slow start was impacted by an extremely cold stretch of games in Cleveland.

What’s on deck? Alonso’s .195 batting average on balls in play is the ninth-lowest mark in the AL. That, combined with other peripheral statistics, indicate a positive regression is coming.

Number to know: 8. Alonso is one of 16 players in MLB with at least eight barrels, per Statcast™..

Royals
Who’s the new guy?
Rookie left-hander Tim Hill

Video: CWS@KC: Hill fans Sanchez to record first strikeout

How’s it going so far? Incredibly well. Hill perhaps was a long shot to make the 25-man roster entering Spring Training, but his funky sidearm delivery caught the coaching staff’s eyes immediately. Hill’s fastball sits around 91-92 mph, and extensive work on his slider (“It’s still improving,” manager Ned Yost said.) this spring is paying off, as AL hitters are still somewhat baffled by his repertoire.

What’s on deck? More high-leverage situations. As the rest of the Royals’ bullpen wobbles, Hill and closer Kelvin Herrera have been Yost’s most reliable go-to guys. Yost and his staff had been hoping to bring Hill along slowly, but now the Royals may have no choice but to use Hill from the eighth inning on.

Number to know: 0. That’s the number of hits Hill has given up in his first seven appea Mitchell and Ness Dan Fouts Los Angeles Chargers Vintage 1984 Throwback Football Jersey Cheap rances.

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Leonys Martin

Video: DET@CLE: Martin cranks solo HR over right-field wall

How’s it going so far? Martin has filled the leadoff and center-field roles surprisingly well, covering more range in the gaps at Comerica Park than probably anybody since Austin Jackson‘s rookie year. Offensively, Martin scored nine runs in his first 14 games, including the go-ahead tally Tuesday afte Vintage 1968 Mitchell and Ness Joe Namath New York Jets Throwback Jersey Cheap r reaching base on a bunt single.

What’s on deck? Martin is in line to get close to everyday playing time in center now that JaCoby Jones is getting the bulk of the starts in left. With Dixon Machado having cooled off from his start, Martin is safe Mens 1994 Buffalo Bills 35th Anniversary Jim Kelly Mitchell and Ness Royal Blue Throwback Jersey  in the lea Mitchell and Ness Dan Fouts Los Angeles Chargers Vintage 1984 Throwback Football Jersey Cheap doff spot for the near future.

Number to know 5. Those are the Outs Above Average Martin earned in about a half-season of playing time last year between the Mariners and Cubs. He’s on track to top that in Detroit.

Twins
Who’s the new guy?
Designated hitter/first baseman Logan Morrison

Video: MIN@PIT: Morrison scores Sano on an RBI double

How’s it going so far? Morrison has struggled offensively so far since signing a one-year deal in Spring Training. He was brought in to be a power bat from the left side after a breakout year with the Rays last year, when he clubbed 38 home runs. Morrison has yet to break out of his slump this season, and he has produced only one extra-base hit (a double) in 44 at-bats this season.

What’s on deck? The Twins believe Morrison will get it going offensively based on his track record, so he’ll continue to be the everyday designated hitter and backup to Joe Mauer at first base. Morrison has also had to adjust to playing in cold weather early this season, so the hope is his bat will heat up with the weather.

Number to know: 3. The number of hits for Morrison in his first 12 games with the Twins.

White Sox
Who’s the new guy?
Right-hander Bruce Rondon

Video: DET@CWS: Rondon strikes out Cabrera swinging in 8th

How’s it going so far? The hard-throwing right-hander came up from Triple-A Charlotte to replace an ineffective Juan Minaya in Chicago’s bullpen and has been unhittable in a small sample size. Rondon’s 100 mph velocity and a sharp slider to go with it gives the White Sox a potential closer, or at least another late-inning option.

What’s on deck? Look for Rondon to continue getting late-inning, high-leverage opportunities, although the White Sox have Nate Jones and Joakim Soria in place in the closer’s role. At 27, Rondon could be a newfound part of the rebuild, or he could end up being a great trade chip if he continues pitching well.

Number to know: 5. Rondon struck out the first five batters he faced this season, including his old friend and Detroit teammate Miguel Cabrera, who gave Rondon a knowing wink after a slider got him

Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB.


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OAKLAND — The White Sox announced Wednesday that outfielder Eloy Jimenez, the No. 4 prospect in baseballMen’s 1985 Chicago Bears 34 Walter Payton Mitchell and Ness Authentic Throwback Navy Blue Jersey ccording to MLB Pipeline and the top prospect in the White Sox system, will rejoin Double-A Birmingham on Thursday.

Jimenez had started the Minor League season on the 7-day disabled list after sustaining a mild strain to his left pectoral muscle during extended spring training.

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OAKLAND — The White Sox announced Wednesday that outfielder Eloy Jimenez, the No. 4 prospect in baseball according to MLB Pipeline and the top prospect in the White Sox system, will rejoin Double-A Birmingham on Thursday.

Jimenez had started the Minor League season on the 7-day disabled list after sustaining a mild strain to his left pectoral muscle during Men’s 1994 Miami Dolphins 13 Dan Marino 75th Anniversary Aqua Authentic Throwback Jersey  extended spring training.

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“Everybody is excited,” White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. “When guys are healthy and able to get on the field and start to play, there are going to be a lot of guy Mens 1994 Buffalo Bills 35th Anniversary Jim Kelly Mitchell and Ness Royal Blue Throwback Jersey s down there that are continuing their development. Obviously, we’ll monitor and watch, and as an organization, we’re always happy when any of our guys are able to get on the field.”

The 21-year-old participated in Spring Training with the White Sox but saw limited action due to soreness in his knee. He was 4-for-7 with a triple and two homers in four spring games Vintage 1968 Mitchell and Ness Joe Namath New York Jets Throwback Jersey Cheap  before being optioned to Birmingham.

Jimenez, who was one of the major pieces in the deal that sent Jose Quintana to the Cubs, slashed .353/.397/.559 with three homers, five doubles and seven RBIs in 18 games with Birmingham last season following an Aug. 15 promotion.

Do-Hyoung Park is a contributor to MLB.com based in the Bay Area.


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White Sox pitchers focused on high walk Mitchell and Ness Throwback NFL Jersey counts

OAKLAND — Chicago’s young starting rotation is still a work in progress, but there have been some promising hints of consistency from the White Sox starters in the early going.

The So Mens 1994 Buffalo Bills 35th Anniversary Jim Kelly Mitchell and Ness Royal Blue Throwback Jersey x have gotten at least five innings from their starter in 11 of their 14 g Mitchell and Ness Dan Fouts Los Angeles Chargers Vintage 1984 Throwback Football Jersey Cheap ames, and in nine of those outings, their starter yielded three or fewer earned runs.

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OAKLAND — Chicago’s young starting rotation is still a work in progress, but t Men’s 1994 Miami Dolphins 13 Dan Marino 75th Anniversary Aqua Authentic Throwback Jersey here have been some promising hints of consistency from the White Sox starters in the early going.

The Sox have gotten  Vintage 1968 Mitchell and Ness Joe Namath New York Jets Throwback Jersey Cheap at least five innings from their starter in 11 of their 14 games, and in nine of those outings, their starter Men’s 1985 Chicago Bears 34 Walter Payton Mitchell and Ness Authentic Throwback Navy Blue Jersey  yielded three or fewer earned runs.

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With that said, and small sample sizes notwithstanding, the next step for this rotation looks to be cutting down on walks — Sox starters lead the American League with 43 free passes — and working deeper into ballgames.

“We’ve done a really good job of minimizing the damage with our walks, no doubt, but at the end of the day, we definitely need to minimize our walks and control that a little bit and focus on staying more aggressive,” right-hander James Shields said.

The Sox particularly struggled with control in their last trip through the rotation. Shields and Lucas Giolito issued five walks apiece in their last starts, while Reynaldo Lopez issued four walks on Monday despite striking out 10. Wednesday’s starter, Carson Fulmer, also walked six in his previous outing.

Video: CWS@OAK: Lopez strikes out 10 over six frames

Manager Rick Renteria believes that the early control issues are both mechanical and mental to a certain extent.

For instance, Renteria and the Sox pitching coaches have sometimes noted poor angles to the plate in their pitchers’ deliveries when reviewing film.

But Renteria also thinks that part of the problem stems from a lack of trust in throwing certain pitches for strikes, which he believes will improve as his starters gain experience and confidence throughout the season.

“There’s a lot of discovery going on, and that will conti Men’s 1994 Buffalo Bills 35th Anniversary Jim Kelly Mitchell and Ness Royal Blue Throwback Jersey nue,” Renteria said. “That’s kind of never-ending.”

That hasn’t necessarily just applied to the younger starters, either. After a three-inning start Tuesday in which he allowed eight earned runs, veteran right-hander Miguel Gonzalez noted that he didn’t have a good feel for his fastball and had to rely more on his offspeed pitches as a result.

Factors such as cold weather and an inconsistent schedule marred by weather-related cancellations certainly haven’t helped, either, so the Sox, as they continue to make adjustments and seek consistency as a team, aren’t yet too worried about the trend.

“We don’t really put too much emphasis on the first couple of starts of the season,” Shields said. “When we have a bigger sample midseason, I think that would be a better question to ask, but again, we’re going to try our best not to walk guys, and that’s what our job is.”

Do-Hyoung Park is a contributor to MLB.com based in the Bay Area.


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OAKLAND — On Tuesday, with his offense firmly mired in a slump, White Sox manager Rick Renteria likened his mindset to that of a prize fighter — just trying to win each inning, one “round” at a time. Little did he know then how apt that analogy would prove for Wednesday’s grueling, back-and-forth marathon that lasted five hours and 48 minutes.

The long-awaited breakout for the Chicago lineup finally came, but the White Sox and A’s traded hits for nine innings — whenever each team took a lead, the other club had an answer. And because nine innings of free baseball in Oakland on Tuesday apparently wasn’t enough, it took 14 innings before James Shields yielded a walk-off single to Matt Olson as the Sox lost, 12-11, bringing an end to a winless road trip.

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OAKLAND — On Tuesday, with his offense firmly mired in a slump, White Sox manager Rick Renteria likened his mindset to that of a prize fighter — just try Vintage 1968 Mitchell and Ness Joe Namath New York Jets Throwback Jersey Cheap ing to win each inning, one “round” at a time. Little did he know then how apt that analogy would prove for Wednesday’s grueling, back-and-forth marathon that lasted five hours and 48 minutes.

The long-awaited breakout for the Chicago lineup finally came, but the White Sox and A’s traded hits for nine innings — whenever each team took a lead, the other club had an answer. And because nine innings of free baseball in Oakland on Tuesday apparently wasn’t enough, it took 14 innings before James Shields yielded a walk-off single to Matt Olson as the Sox lost, 12-11, bringing an end to a winless road trip.

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“I don’t want them to be down about this game today,” Renteria said. “I want them to actually have a lot more positives to take away from it and build on it and see that t Mitchell and Ness Dan Fouts Los Angeles Chargers Vintage 1984 Throwback Football Jersey Cheap hey can be focused and relaxed at the same time and give themselves opportunities. It kind of steamrolls, hopefully we’re now out of a little rut, if you might call it that, and we’re moving forward.”

Video: CWS@OAK: Olson drives a walk-off single in the 14th

A resurgent Yoan Moncada starred in the loss for the White Sox, hitting the first grand slam of his career in the second inning and reaching base three times for the second consecutive game. He also added two  Men’s 1994 Buffalo Bills 35th Anniversary Jim Kelly Mitchell and Ness Royal Blue Throwback Jersey sparkling defensive plays in the field, featuring a running, over-the-shoulder catch in the 10th and a diving play in the bottom of the ninth with the bases loaded that preserved the tie and sent the game into extra innings.

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Video: CWS@OAK: Moncada belts a grand slam to right

The A’s seemed as if they had cast the knockout blow with a two-out, go-ahead three-run homer by Jed Lowrie in the bottom of the eighth, giving them an 11-10 lead. But with Chicago on the ropes in the top of the ninth, Welington Castillo‘s two-out double was followed by a game-tying single from Tim Anderson, and the teams battled on.

“When we tied the game, we were very excited,” Moncada said through an interpreter. “It was a very good moment for us. Then, in the bottom of the ninth, when we had the opportuni Mitchell and Ness Dan Fouts Los Angeles Chargers Vintage 1984 Throwback Football Jersey Cheap ty to shut them down with the bases loaded, that was huge for us. It was a big burst of energy for us. We tried to keep that moving forward, and I think we did that in a good way until the 14th.”

Renteria had been adamant that the hits would eventually start falling for his struggling offense, and those words quickly rang true on Wednesday, as early RBI singles from Nicky Delmonico and Adam Engel were followed by Moncada’s slam to spot the White Sox a 6-1 lead after two innings.

That was already Chicago’s largest offensive output since April 5, and the Sox kept adding on, finishing the game with 11 runs on 17 hits, surpassing their scoring output from their last five games combined. Jose Abreu and Delmonico each had three hits, a season-high for Delmonico.

Video: CWS@OAK: Abreu doubles to left-center to score a pair

But after the Sox scored five in the second, the A’s answered with three in the bottom of the frame. Chicago put up a three-spot in the fourth, but Oakland came through with four more of its own.

“That’s the sign of a true fight,” Renteria said. “You’re battling. You’re not giving up. It’s a relentless effort to continue to try to win every inning. Again, we took it down to the wire, and we didn’t come out ahead this time, but I think you see the guys waking up a bit.”

With an off-day to regroup and a much-needed return to Chicago in store, Renteria feels encouraged about his team’s immediate future.

“It’s a long season, and I hope that today marks the beginning of a little bit of a turn,” Renteria said. “Not that this will not happen again, but as long as we keep moving forward in terms of our approaches, how confident we might be, giving ourselves a chance, we’ll be OK.” 

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
After the Sox tied the game with Anderson’s two-out heroics in the top of the frame, the A’s loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth on three walks by reliever Nate Jones. With two outs, Chad Pinder hit a sharp grounder towards the gap between first and second, but Moncada ranged to his left, snared the ball on a dive, and made the throw to first to preserve the tie and send the game to extra innings.

“When I saw the ground ball coming to my field, I said, ‘OK, I have to stop it,'” Moncada said. “So I ran as hard as I could, and I was able to cut the ball off and make the play. The difference between that moment and the home run was that the home run was just focusing on hitting the ball hard. It wasn’t a do-or-die situation like it was in the ninth inning.”

Video: CWS@OAK: Moncada makes a diving stop, extends game

In each of the first two games of the series, Moncada reached base to lead off the game and stole second. Both times, he was left stranded at third as Chicago’s situational hitting woes continued. On Wednesday, he repeated the feat again, singling up the middle and stealing second, and moved to third on a flyout by Abreu.

And in a sign of things to come, the White Sox were finally able to cash in, with Delmonico’s two-out RBI single up the middle, bringing Moncada home for Chicago’s first run-scoring hit with a man in scoring position since April 10.

“It was good for us as a team, because with the hit, we scored first,” Moncada said. “We were able to get the chance to command the game, and as a team, that’s what you want.”

The Sox finished Wednesday 8-for-20 with runners in scoring position. In their previous eight games, they had been just 5-for-62 in such situations.

Video: CWS@OAK: Delmonico singles, drives in Moncada

SHIELDS MAKES FIRST RELIEF APPEARANCE SINCE 2010
Just about the only thing that didn’t happen in Wednesday’s game was a position player pitching.

With the White Sox out of relievers and Bruce Rondon‘s pitch count soaring to 47 in three innings of relief, both Shields and Lucas Giolito went to the clubhouse to retrieve their cleats. Ultimately, the Sox asked Shields to make the second relief appearance of his career, and the first since June 9, 2010 against the then-Florida Marlins.

“They asked me if I could pitch, and I was ready to rock and roll,” Shields said. “I didn’t get the job done today.”

Video: CWS@OAK: Shields enters in relief, gets flyout

SOUND SMART
The final game time of five hours and 48 minutes was the longest for the Sox since a six-hour, 19-minute game on July 9, 2006 against the Red Sox that was decided in 19 innings. It was also the third-longest game in A’s history.

The longest game the White Sox played in 2017 was four hours, 10 minutes. Wednesday’s game almost surpassed that through just nine innings, with the clock sitting at the four hour, seven minute mark with the game tied 11-11 following the bottom of the ninth.

HE SAID IT
“I’m not as frustrated as you might think. I’m proud of how they continued to play the whole game,” — Renteria

MITEL REPLAY OF THE DAY
The A’s trailed, 6-3, and had runners on the corners with one out in the bottom of the second when Lowrie grounded to Anderson. The White Sox shortstop quickly relayed to second baseman Moncada, who fired to first baseman Matt Davidson for what appeared to be an inning-ending double play. After further review, however, Lowrie was called safe at first to extend the inning. Lowrie’s hustle down the line plated another run for Oakland — one that proved to be instrumental later on in sending the game to extra innings.

Video: CWS@OAK: Lowire reaches first after call overturned

UP NEXT
The Sox have an off-day Thursday (this one is scheduled, not weather-related) before opening a six-game homestand on Friday night against the defending world champion Astros. Shields was scheduled to take the mound for Chicago against Justin Verlander, but the team will use Thursday’s off day to re-evaluate their pitching schedule. First pitch is set for 7:10 p.m. CT at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Do-Hyoun Men’s 1994 Miami Dolphins 13 Dan Marino 75th Anniversary Aqua Authentic Throwback Jersey g Park is a contributor to MLB.com based in the Bay Area.


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OAKLAND — No need to worry — it looks like Yoan Moncada is back.

After a weeks-long slump to begin the 2018 c Mens 1994 Buffalo Bills 35th Anniversary Jim Kelly Mitchell and Ness Royal Blue Throwback Jersey ampaign, the tools that once made Moncada the No. 1 prospect in baseball were on full display on Wednesday. The 22-year-old hit his first career grand slam for his second homer in as many days, reached base three times for the second consecutive day and added two sparkling defensive plays in the White Sox 12-11 loss to the A’s in 14 innings.

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OAKLAND — No need to worry — it looks like Yoan Moncada is back.

After a weeks-long slump to begin the 2018 campaign, the tools that once made Moncada the No. 1 prospect in baseball were on full display on Wednesday. The 22-year-old hit his first career grand slam for his second homer in a Men’s 1985 Chicago Bears 34 Walter Payton Mitchell and Ness Authentic Throwback Navy Blue Jersey s many days, reached base three times for the second consecutive day and added two sparkling defensive plays in the White Sox 12-11 loss to the A’s in 14 innings.

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Moncada’s blast came on a 1-0 fastball off A’s right-hander Andrew TriggsMen’s 1994 Miami Dolphins 13 Dan Marino 75th Anniversary Aqua Authentic Throwback Jersey nd traveled a Statcast-estimated 395 feet with an exit velocity of 109 mph. The slam pu Mitchell and Ness Dan Fouts Los Angeles Chargers Vintage 1984 Throwback Football Jersey Cheap nctuated a five-run second inning for the struggling White Sox offense, which had entered the game 5-for-62 (.081) with runners in scoring position in its last eight games. He had also hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning on Tuesday to account for Chicago’s only runs.

“I just went into the at-bat with a goal in my mind just to hit the ball hard,” Moncada said through an interpreter. “I wasn’t expecting any pitch — I just went into it with the idea to hit the ball hard.”

For the third straight game, Moncada gave the Sox an early opportunity to break through when he singled to lead off the contest and stole second. He moved to third on a flyout to right, and Chicago was finally able to cash in, as Moncada scored on Nicky Delmonico‘s two-out single. It was Chicago’s first run-scoring hit with a man in scoring position since April 10.

Video: CWS@OAK: Moncada makes a diving stop, extends game

Entering Tuesday, Moncada had been 1-for-11 with eight strikeouts in the three previous games and was slashing .192/.300/.308 on the season.

“It was good for us as a team, because with the hit, we scored first,” Moncada said. “We were able to get the chance to command the game, and as a team, that’s what you want.”

Moncada also made his impact felt on defense, flashing the leather in a critical situation in the ninth that saved the game for the White Sox. With the game tied, 11-11, and the bases loaded for the A’s, Vintage 1968 Mitchell and Ness Joe Namath New York Jets Throwback Jersey Cheap  Chad Pinder hit a sharp ground ball toward the hole between first and second. Moncada ranged to his left, dove for the ball, and fired to first for the out, preserving the tie and sending the game to extra innings.

Video: CWSOAK: Moncada ranges into right, corrals fly ball

“When I saw the ground ball coming to my field, I said, ‘OK, I have to stop it,'” Moncada said. “So I ran as hard as I could, and I was able to cut the ball off and make the play. The difference between that moment and the home run was that the home run was just focusing on hitting the ball hard. [The grand slam] wasn’t a do-or-die situation like it was in the ninth inning.”

One inning later, Moncada showed off his range when he covered a Statcast-estimated 89 feet to m Men’s 1994 Buffalo Bills 35th Anniversary Jim Kelly Mitchell and Ness Royal Blue Throwback Jersey ake an over-the-shoulder catch sprinting away from the infield on a popup hit into shallow right field by Jed Lowrie.

Do-Hyoung Park is a contributor to MLB.com based in the Bay Area.


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