Weekly report on White Sox minor league affiliates including links for daily results
With the end of the minor league season approaching, the White Sox have two affiliates in contention for the postseason. One of those affiliates, the Triple-A Charlotte Knights are 0.5 games ahead of the Gwinnett Braves in the International League South. Despite a 62-74 record, the Knights have a legitimate shot of reaching the playoffs.
If the Knights were to reach the playoffs, its unlikely they will advance very far. The Knights much like there divisional counterparts have been dominated by the International League North this season. With the Knights vying for the postseason, they’ve relied on 2016 first round pick Zack Burdi. Burdi, the 26th overall pick hasn’t given up an earned run since being promoted to the Knights on August 11.
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Since his promotion to the Knights, Burdi has recorded 19 strikeouts in six appearances. Burdi has pitched 11 innings and given up just five hits. The native of Downer’s Grove, Ill. could be a candidate for a September call-up.
While Burdi is excelling with the Knights, another recent first round pick is pitching better after getting off to a rocky start with Charlotte. Carson Fulmer, the White Sox first round pick in 2015 didn’t last more than an inning in his first start with the Knights. On August 19, Fulmer gave up six earned runs in one inning pitched against the Gwinett Braves. Although Fulmer first start with the Knights was a disaster, he was able to bounce back in his next two starts.
In his start on August 23, Fulmer pitched four innings against the Durham Bulls. Fulmer gave up one earned run and recorded four strikeouts. Fulmer’s improvement continued on August 28 against the Norfolk Tides. Fulmer pitched perhaps his best start with the Knights as he threw five scoreless innings against Norfolk, and recorded five strikeouts. Fulmer will certainly be called back up to the White Sox when rosters expand, but after his last two starts he could be inserted into the team’s starting rotation.
The Great Falls Voyagers of the Pioneer League are 3 games ahead of the Billings Mustangs in the second half. With the Mustangs winning the first half of the season, the Voyagers will need to win the second half in order to reach the playoffs.
The results and box scores for each affiliate will be added below. This page will be updated daily with links to results for each affiliate. Click on hyperlink to view full box score.