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Movin' on up: Two of White Sox top 10 prospects get minor league promotions

Movin' on up: Two of White Sox top 10 prospects get minor league promotions

Two of the White Sox top prospects are moving on up.

CSN White Sox Insider Dan Hayes tweeted Tuesday morning that outfielder Eloy Jimenez and catcher Zack Collins are getting promotions from Class-A Winston-Salem to Double-A Birmingham.

Seeing players progress through the farm system is an obviously positive sign for the organization in the middle of a rebuilding effort that is still expected to last multiple years before the big league team is ready to contend.

Jimenez, who was acquired in last month's trade that sent Jose Quintana across town to the Cubs, is the No. 2 prospect in the White Sox system and the No. 7 prospect in all of baseball, those rankings from MLB Pipeline.

In 29 games with Winston-Salem, the 20-year-old Jimenez slashed .345/.410/.682 with eight home runs and 26 RBIs. He had a huge game over the weekend in which he was 3-for-5 with two titanic home runs.

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Collins, meanwhile, ranks as the organization's No. 10 prospect, again per MLB Pipeline. A first-round pick of the White Sox out of Miami in last year's draft, Collins is hitting just 223 on the season but has an on-base percentage of .365 with 17 homers and 48 RBIs to go along with 76 walks.

Collins has been red hot in August, slashing .343/.500/.686 for a sky-high 1.186 OPS. He's hit two homers, smacked four doubles, driven in seven runs, scored 12 runs and walked 11 times compared to eight strikeouts in 11 games this month.

Here's an updated look at where each of the team's top 10 prospects are currently playing:

1. Yoan Moncada, Chicago White Sox, MLB
2. Eloy Jimenez, Birmingham Barons, Double-A
3. Michael Kopech, Birmingham Barons, Double-A
4. Luis Robert, DSL White Sox, Rookie
5. Blake Rutherford, Kannapolis Intimidators, Class-A
6. Reynaldo Lopez, Chicago White Sox, MLB
7. Lucas Giolito, Charlotte Knights, Triple-A
8. Dylan Cease, Kannapolis Intimidators, Class-A
9. Alec Hansen, Winston-Salem Dash, Class-A
10. Zack Collins, Birmingham Barons, Double-A

Carson Fulmer wants one more start for White Sox this season

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Carson Fulmer wants one more start for White Sox this season

Carson Fulmer doesn’t want his last start of the season to be one in which he recorded only one out, but another appearance isn’t guaranteed quite yet.

The White Sox 2015 first-round pick was forced from Thursday night’s game after struggling with a blister on his throwing hand. He lasted only three batters, two of which he walked.

“Obviously, nothing’s really wrong with me physically,” Fulmer said. “Arm feels great, body feels awesome, just a blister that got kind of raw. I just need to take a couple days, let it come back and make my next start.”

Whether he gets the ball again depends on the healing process. With only eight games remaining, Rick Renteria won’t commit to giving the 23-year-old another start until he knows the blister won’t be an issue.

“It’d be premature for me to say anything about that,” Renteria said. “Obviously when you’re holding the baseball in a very sensitive spot with your fingers, you got to be able to feel comfortable with it.”

The blister came during Fulmer’s best stretch in the majors. He threw six innings in each of his past two starts, allowing only one earned run in both. On his Sept. 10 start against the Giants, he whiffed a career-high nine batters.

Despite having to, in essence, miss Thursday’s start, Fulmer isn’t worried about being taken out of his groove.

“I don’t think my momentum is going to go anywhere,” he said. “The bullpen I threw yesterday before the game was really, really good. Just had some issues with some of the stuff that was covering it, started cutting some balls here and there and it was tough to throw a cutter sometimes just because of the pressure I put on it.”

Even with the White Sox seemingly taking a cautious approach to protect their young prospects, each start is valuable experience for Fulmer. He will likely be competing against the likes of Michael Kopech, Reynaldo Lopez and possible veteran free agent signings for a back end rotation spot come Spring Training, and pitching well against big league hitting now could go a long way in securing the role.

"I threw 160, 170 innings this year and haven't had an issue with (injury)," Fulmer said. 

"I'm going to do everything I can to get back out there." 

Chris Volstad earns first MLB victory in five seasons as White Sox top Astros

Chris Volstad earns first MLB victory in five seasons as White Sox top Astros

HOUSTON -- Two weeks ago Chris Volstad was focused on Hurricane Irma prep when the White Sox called to invite him to the majors. On Thursday night, he earned his first major league victory in more than five years as the White Sox defeated the Houston Astros 3-1 at Minute Maid Park.

Volstad, who had only made 10 big league appearances the previous four-plus seasons and spent all of 2017 at Triple-A Charlotte, allowed a run in 4 1/3 innings to pick up his first win since Sept. 10, 2012.

He hadn’t just shut it down after the Triple-A season ended, Volstad was actually shuttering his Jupiter, Fla. home and business the day the short-handed White Sox called.

“I was probably a little mentally shut down,” Volstad said. “But yeah, it’s kind of crazy how things can change. I guess it’s been about two weeks now. At home getting ready for a hurricane and then getting called back up to the big leagues.”

Volstad received word he might pitch early in Thursday’s game when a blister on Carson Fulmer’s right index finger worsened. Fulmer felt some discomfort after his Friday start at Detroit.

The White Sox let Fulmer try to go but yanked him after 20 pitches, including two walks. That brought out Volstad, who along with Al Alburquerque was promoted Sept. 10 after the White Sox lost several pitchers to injury.

The White Sox actually had to track Volstad down two weeks ago as he’d already been home for a week. He spent part of the time prepping for Irma, including boarding up his brewery.

He escaped a first-inning jam with a double play ball of the bat of Carlos Correa and ended a threat in the second with a pickoff at second base of Alex Bregman. After he surrendered a solo homer to Brian McCann in the third, Volstad retired the final eight men he faced.

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He was awarded his first victory since he defeated Thursday’s Astros starter Dallas Keuchel 1,836 days ago here. Volstad remembered the win because Houston was still in the National League and he had a base hit in the five-inning start for the Cubs. He went 3-12 for the Cubs that season.

“You’re able to lock it in pretty quickly and get focused at the big-league level, you have to,” Volstad said. “But being home in Triple-A for the last few years, just getting called up about 10 days ago, I’ve got people following it, but it’s kind of unknown I guess. It’s a little surprising, but I’m glad to be a part of a team for sure.”

Fulmer, Volstad, Jace Fry, Mike Pelfrey, Gregory Infante, Aaron Bummer, Danny Farquhar and Juan Minaya combined on a three-hitter for the White Sox. Tim Anderson extended his hit streak to 12 games with a ninth-inning solo homer, his 17th.