White Sox fourth ranked prospect had solid outing on Saturday for Triple-A Charlotte. Another pitching prospect was burned by home runs in a loss.
Chicago White Sox fourth ranked prospect Reynaldo Lopez had another solid start on Saturday for Triple-A Charlotte Knights. Lopez, entering his seventh start of the season pitched 5.2 innings for the Knights while recording seven strikeouts and allowing just two earned runs.
For Lopez, this was another solid outing for the 23-year-old pitcher but it wasn’t his best performance of the season. Lopez battled through his outing as he walked five batters and only had one 1-2-3 inning in his start against the Gwinnett Braves. The Knights would win their contest against Gwinnett 8-4 and snapped a three game losing streak.
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Lopez threw 102 pitches with 60 going for strikes. Although Lopez walked five batters, he was able to limit Gwinnett to scoring just two runs. After a rough outing in his second start of the season on April 11, Lopez has rebounded well to lower his ERA from 6.48 to 3.94. Lopez is now 3-1 and is becoming one of the better starting pitchers for the Knights.
While Lopez enjoyed his third victory of the season on Saturday, Spencer Adams didn’t have the same kind of luck for Double-A Birmingham Barons. Adams, the Sox 11th ranked prospect allowed two home runs and five earned runs to the Mississippi Braves on Saturday. The five runs would be the only runs the Mississippi Braves would need in a 5-3 victory over Birmingham.
Adams recorded seven strikeouts in his start and allowed no walks through 6.1 innings pitched. Despite the loss, Adams saw his strikeout total climb to 24 on the season to just four walks allowed. The 21-year-old right-handed starter is having a solid season in Birmingham despite his 1-5 record.
The Winston-Salem Dash were swept in a doubleheader on Saturday by the Salem Red Sox. The Dash lost the first game 8-6 and lost the second contest 3-2. Sox sixth ranked prospect Zack Collins had three hits in Winston-Salem’s game to improve his batting average to .232.
Although Collins’ batting average is low, his .393 on-base percentage and .758 on-base plus slugging percentage is impressive. Collins has also made tremendous strides defensively this season. The 2016 first round pick has caught 13 runners stealing early in the 2017 campaign. Last season, Collins only caught three runners stealing.
The Kannapolis Intimidators won their contest on Saturday against the Asheville Tourists 7-6. Micker Adolfo, the Sox 20th ranked prospect was 2-for-4 with a RBI single and a double. Adolfo has raised his batting average to .295 on the season and has a nine-game hitting streak for Kannapolis.
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