Had the pleasure of watching the White Sox take on the Mariners at beautiful Camelback Ranch this afternoon:
The White Sox ran out a split-squad full of prospects, which meant that the Mariners scored a ton of runs and got to run a lot of their youngsters into the game as well. Here’s a rundown of who I saw today:
RHP – Alec Hansen – P1500 Overall #124, White Sox #7
Wandering around the back fields at Camelback Ranch prior to the gates opening when I saw this monster striding toward the clubhouse:
Alec Hansen is a large individual.Hansen didn’t pitch today, but the dude is physically imposing in person. I can’t wait to see him on the mound.
RHP – Michael Kopech – P1500 Overall #22, White Sox # 5
Michael Kopech started today’s game for the Pale Hose. Seeing as there were about 200 people in attendance at the game today, I was able to watch his full warmup:
Kopech looked great warming up. I thought his mechanics were smooth and he didn’t seem to be using a ton of effort to throw triple-digits. And he did throw triple-digit fastballs to start out the contest. He got Ben Gamel looking for a strikeout to start things off, but then the wheels started coming off. Jean Segura infield hit (looked like a Matt Davidson error to me), Segura steals second easily on Kopech who doesn’t attempt to hold him on, Robinson Cano walks, Nelson Cruz doubles, and Kopech looked hittable. Then Kopech hung a slider to Mariners prospect Mitch Haniger, who promptly deposited it deep over the left field fence. Don’t panic though, he looked fine, and his effortless delivery was impressive for how hard he was throwing.
2B – Yoan Moncada, P1500 Overall #2, White Sox #1
Wandering around the back fields I heard the wonderful sound of cracking bats. The Sox were taking live BP before the game, when someone pointed out to me that Yoan Moncada was taking some rips:
Man does the ball sound good coming off his bat or what? Dude was hitting the ball hard.
Moncada played the whole game at 2B for the Sox, going 0-2 with 2 BB. I thought he looked patient at the plate, working a good AB for a walk in the 2nd inning vs. Felix Hernandez who was throwing everything at Moncada:
Defensively Moncada was a mixed bag at 2B. He started a nice 4-6-3 DP in the top of the 3rd. In the top of the 5th, he showed great range moving to his left on a Dan Vogelbach groundball. I thought he lost concentration late in the game, striking out in a bad AB in the bottom of the 7th, then turning around and dropping an easy pop-up in the top of the 8th. But again, don’t worry Sox fans, this dude looks the part.
3B – Nicky Delmonico, White Sox #37
Delmonico played a full game at 3B for the Sox. He looked good driving in our only run when he took Felix Hernandez to the wall for a double in the 2nd. Now for the bad stuff; he did not look good at the hot corner. He bobbled the transfer on a double play ball in the top of the 3rd. He let a grounder eat him up in the top of the eighth, but did hang on to make the play. And he finished off the game by hitting into a bases loaded double play.
C – Zack Collins, P1500 Overall #64, White Sox # 4
Collins wasn’t listed on the lineup card posted by the team, but I noticed he was out in the bullpen catching during warm-ups. Sure enough, he got some playing time behind the plate. The question with Collins is whether he can stick as a Catcher in the bigs. I thought he looked athletic on the field today, and he definitely surprised me and dozens of Sox faithful in attendance when he recorded a stolen base in the 7th. He also looked very patient at the plate, drawing 2 walks, including working a great AB for a walk vs. Jean Machi in the 9th.
1B – Matt Davidson, White Sox #35
Played a full game today, went 2-for-4, scored a run. The scorer credited Segura with an infield single in the first, but it sure looked like a Davidson error to me. Nothing wowed me here.
OF – Rymer Liriano – White Sox NR
Liriano played a full game today, going 0-for-3. Felix Hernandez ate him up in the bottom of the 2nd. Don’t hold your breath Sox fans.
LHP – Aaron Bummer, White Sox #50
The lefty looked good today, recording a K in an inning of work. I thought he looked confident on the bump and he was mixing pitches well. I think he could have a shot at turning into a LOOGY or back-end starter at some point.
1B – Dan Vogelbach, P1500 #114, Mariners #5
Vogelbach reminds me of a rectangle. Because he is shaped like a rectangle. He made some solid contact today, driving in a run for the Mariners.
OF – Mitch Haniger, P1500 #147, Mariners #12
I think the Mariners have a player here. He slaughtered Kopech’s hung slider for a 3-run homer in the 1st. Then he ripped a single in his next AB. He drilled a grounder in his next at-bat too, he just hit it right at Tim Anderson. He looks like a straight pull-hitter, but he also looks like he’s going to be able to hit.
RHP – Andrew Moore, Mariners #7
He’s definitely undersized, but he pitched with a lot of confidence. He looked good striking out 2 and allowing 1 hit in 2.0 IP. I don’t see him developing to a front-line starter, but there is an outside chance he could develop into a backend guy.
LHP – James Pazos, Mariners #26
I didn’t catch much deception in his delivery, and my initial reaction to his stuff was ‘meh’. But he really worked over Delmonico/Liriano/Garcia in the 5th.
LHP – Paul Fry, Mariners #27
Fry came into the 8th and got 3 easy ground ball outs. He threw with plenty of sink. I preferred him over Pazos, and if I were a betting man I’d say that he’s got a better shot at contributing for the Mariners.
Double-header tomorrow, as I’m heading back to Camelback to watch the South Siders take on the D’Backs at 1:05. Then it is off to Scottsdale to watch the Giants battle the Dodgers. Follow me and P1500 for updates!