White Sox affiliates suffer losses on Saturday as a hitting streak ends for one top prospect and another prospect still hasn’t struck out in his professional career.
Saturday wasn’t kind to many of the White Sox affiliates as each team with the exception of the Dominican Summer League squad loss their respective contests. Luis Basabe saw his hitting streak end in Double-A Birmingham Barons 4-2 loss to the Mississippi Braves.
Basabe was riding a 15-game hitting streak into Saturday’s game against the Braves. However, the young outfielder went 0-for-2 with two walks in the Barons loss. Basabe has been one of many Sox top prospects having a good season in 2018.
He hit .266 with nine home runs with Single-A Advanced Winston-Salem through 58 games. With the Barons, Basabe has a slash line of .250/.347/.387 with six stolen bases, three home runs, two doubles and three triples through 33 games.
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Another top prospect, Nick Madrigal also went hitless on Saturday night. Madrigal went 0-for-5 for Single-A Kannapolis in the team’s 5-2 loss to the Delmarva Shorebirds. Although the 2018 first-round draft pick didn’t record a hit, he also didn’t strike out at the plate. In 15 games so far, Madrigal has avoided striking out and is hitting .389 through 36 at-bats with the Intimidators.
Eloy Jimenez, the Sox top prospect continued his hot hitting in a losing effort for Triple-A Charlotte on Saturday. Jimenez went 1-for-4 in the Knights 6-5 loss to the Pawtucket Red Sox. The 21-year-old outfielder is making it hard for the Sox to justify him not being promoted as he’s hitting .367 with Charlotte to go along with a 1.068 OPS.
The Winston-Salem Dash fell to the Salem Red Sox 7-2 on Saturday. Blake Rutherford collected two hits in the Dash’s loss. Luis Gonzalez went hitless for Winston-Salem while Gavin Sheets was 1-for-3 with a walk.
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