White Sox Prospect Hot List, 6/6

The White Sox Hot List is back after a two week hiatus and as the weather heats up, so have some of the prospects. Let’s have some fun with small sample sizes, shall we?

Charlotte Knights

Much has been written about the odyssey of Lucas Giolito from presumed #1 draft pick, to Tommy John Surgery survivor and top prospect, then after struggling in a brief major league debut, a supposed “bust”. After his second start in May, Giolito’s ERA was an unsightly 7.31, but the White Sox preached patience and it may be paying off. Giolito tossed a seven inning no-hitter on May 25th, and followed it with a masterful 11 strikeout performance last night. Over his last three starts spanning 17 innings, Giolito has a 1.59 ERA with 17 strikeouts and just 5 walks.

Cody Asche couldn’t cut in the major leagues, but he is finding Charlotte much more enjoyable, slashing .444/.524/.861 over his last 11 games. Catcher Carson Blair and 1B/3B Nicky Delminico also have been hot, hitting .367 and .321 over the last two weeks respectively.

Birmingham Barons

Michael Kopech was our Pitcher of the Month for May and over his last two starts he has been dominant, giving up only one earned run while striking out 16 batters over 10.2 innings. On the downside, he issued 8 walks over those 10.2 innings, and only threw 61% of his pitches for strikes.

Jordan Guerrero strung together two fantastic starts, only allowing two runs over 13 innings while striking out 13 and issuing only two walks.

Eddy Alvarez started off the season poorly, but has rebounded nicely recently. The former Olympian is hitting .313/.450/.375 over his last five contests.

Winston-Salem Dash

Aside from the aforementioned Cody Asche, nobody has been hotter over the past two weeks than Danny Mendick. Over his last 11 games, Mendick slashed .400/.463/.629 with more walks (4) than strikeouts (3) and added three stolen bases for good measure.

Reliever Drew Hasler has had a perfect 0.00 ERA over 6.2 innings spanning the last couple weeks. If you’d like to take it back even farther, Hasler hasn’t been scored upon since May 12th, covering 8.2 innings of relief.

Luis Alexander Basabe is starting to turn things around after a slow start, slashing .293/.362/.415 over his last 11 games.

Recently demoted Trey Michalczewski is crushing Winston-Salem like he is supposed to, hitting .386/.408/.773 over his last 11 games with the Dash. The eye-popping power number is especially encouraging because the switch-hitting third baseman was slugging .306 over 36 games in Birmingham before he was demoted.

Kannapolis Intimidators

Jameson Fisher‘s advanced bat finally woke up and he has destroyed South Atlantic League pitching to the tune of .395/. 469/.651 over his last 12 games.

The fearsome Kannapolis rotation has been as strong as advertised, with towering right-hander Alec Hansen leading the way. Buoyed by a monster 15 strikeout performance on May 28th, Hansen posted a 22/2 K/BB while giving up just two runs over his last 13 innings.

Jimmy Lambert set a career high in strikeouts (7) in his last start and lowered his season ERA to 2.63. Lambert has only issued seven walks all season and did not give out a free pass in his last two starts.

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