White Sox MiLB Report: Reynaldo Lopez Records 12 Strikeouts
White Sox pitching prospect has stellar outing for Triple-A Charlotte. Newly acquired outfielder off to nice start for Single-A Winston-Salem.
Chicago White Sox sixth ranked prospect Reynaldo Lopez had another solid outing for Triple-A Charlotte on Sunday. Lopez pitched seven strong innings while recording a season-high 12 strikeouts and allowing one earned run against the Gwinnett Braves.
The Knights would defeat the Braves 5-4, but Lopez wouldn’t get credited with the win as Charlotte blew the save in the ninth inning. However, Lopez continued his strong pace with the Knights and has been stellar for the Knights in his last four outings. The right hander hasn’t allowed more than two earned runs in his last four starts for Charlotte.
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With the White Sox trading ace Jose Quintana to the Chicago Cubs on Friday, the starting rotation has become thin on reliable starters. Despite this, Lopez remains in Charlotte and has been given time to develop with the Knights.
The Sox haven’t rushed to promote Lopez or Lucas Giolito, another top pitching prospect. Sox fans might want the team to promote Lopez after his strong start on Sunday, but he still has time to progress while in the minors. With the Sox rebuild underway, there’s no need to rush any prospects to the majors. Lopez could very well be the first Sox pitching prospect to be called up, but until then he will have to keep working on his craft in Charlotte.
While Sox fans most likely received news of Quintana’s strong debut with the Cubs on Sunday, one of the players the team got in return for the All-Star pitcher has been playing well since being acquired. Eloy Jimenez, the second ranked Sox prospect went 2-for-3 with a two-RBI double for Single-A Advanced Winston-Salem on Sunday.
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Jimenez was acquired along with three other prospects from the Cubs in exchange for Quintana on Thursday. The 20-year-old native of the Dominican Republic has played well in three games with the Dash thus far. He’s gone 4-for-10 with five RBIs for Winston-Salem. Although it was tough for Sox fans to see Quintana get traded to the Cubs, Jimenez could become a star outfielder on the South Side.
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Charlotte Knights 5-Gwinnett Braves 4
Birmingham Barons 6-Biloxi Shuckers 5
Winston-Salem Dash 9-Lynchburg Hillcats 7
Kannapolis Intimidators 3-Columbia Fireflies 0
Grand Junction Rockies 8-Great Falls Voyagers 6