No. 3 prospect posts 3-hit night

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Rodriguez has big night at Birmingham (May 19)
It's been a slow start at Double-A for White Sox No. 3 prospect Jose Rodriguez, but he enjoyed one of his best all-around nights of the year while playing a big part in Birmingham's 16-4 blowout win over Rocket City. Doubling and walking twice as part of a 3-hit night, Rodriguez reached base safely in all five plate appearances while also driving in two runs. Additionally, White Sox No. 21 prospect Lenyn Sosa doubled and drove in five in support of No. 12 righty Sean Burke, who struck out eight over five innings of two-run ball. Sosa is hitting .359 with eight homers and a 1.014 OPS in 35 games.

The big hits have been harder to come by for Rodriguez, who broke out to reach Double-A in 2021, hitting .301 with 14 homers and a .807 OPS across three levels. Rodriguez only played six games at Double-A last summer before opening 2022 there as a 21-year-old. He's hit .224 with just one homer in his first 32 games. He has stolen eight bases, and now recorded nine multi-hit games. -- Joe Trezza

Sosa homers twice for Double-A Birmingham (May 17)
For the first time in his career, Lenyn Sosa smacked two home runs in a game.

The No. 21 prospect clubbed two dingers and drove in three runs for Double-A Birmingham in its 6-5 loss to Rocket City. Sosa’s first long ball came in the fourth on a 2-0 pitch that he smacked to right-center off Trash Pandas righty Brett Kerry, and his second homer was a two-run, game-tying blast in the sixth, his eighth jack of the year.

The 22-year-old is off to a scorching start to the season, batting .356/.430/.591 with 14 extra-base hits, 13 walks and 23 RBIs in 33 games.
-- Stephanie Sheehan

Sosa is batting .356 with a 1.021 OPS in 33 games this season.Ross D. Franklin/AP

Adolfo enjoys perfect day at the plate (May 15)
Micker Adolfo was perfect at the plate in Triple-A Charlotte’s 11-5 loss to Indianapolis. The No. 13 prospect went 4-for-4 with a homer and three hits that were smoked off the bat at 102 mph or higher.

The 25-year-old’s first hit of the afternoon was a solo blast on the first pitch he saw that traveled 425 feet, the longest distance of the game, at a blistering 107.2 mph. He singled in his next two at-bats, lacing the second one 102.8 mph to left. In his final AB in the eighth, he mashed a 380-foot double to right at 104.4 mph. 

Adolfo has been on fire in his past 10 games, slashing .343/.400/.600 with five extra-base hits, 10 RBIs and 21 total bases. -- Stephanie Sheehan

Céspedes clobbers fifth homer of season (May 11)
If anything can be said for certain about Yoelqui Céspedes’ offensive game, it’s that it packs a punch. That much was certainly on display during Double-A Birmingham’s 10-5 victory over Biloxi, when the No. 4 prospect in the Chicago system drilled a solo home run in the third.

Positioned between two hot bats in the Barons’ order -- Lenyn Sosa (No. 21) and Tyler Neslony -- Céspedes enjoyed his sixth multihit performance of the season after collecting an infield knock in the seventh.

While strikeouts remain a bugaboo for the 24-year-old (28 in 24 games), the younger brother of two-time big league All-Star Yoenis Céspedes still boasts tantalizing upside due to his all-around output. The Cuban native has amassed 11 extra-base hits and three stolen bases thus far. -- Jesse Borek

Colas, Ramos lead Winston-Salem offensively (April 26)
Oscar Colas and Bryan Ramos -- the only two top-10 White Sox prospects on Winston-Salem’s roster -- led the charge offensively in the Dash’s 14-4 blowout win over Asheville. Both finished a triple shy of the cycle, combining for seven hits, five runs and five RBIs.

Colas, Chicago’s No. 2 prospect and prized international acquisition, went 3-for-6 as the leadoff hitter, driving in three runs and smashing his first home run of the season. In 14 games, the 23-year-old is batting .313 with seven doubles and 12 RBIs.

Ramos, the White Sox No. 9 prospect, tallied four hits and two RBIs. He blasted a solo shot in the third inning to give him three on the year. In 13 games, the 20-year-old has a .418/.458/.673 slash line and a 1.131 OPS. -- Nick Trujillo

Montgomery plates career-high 5 for Kannapolis (April 19)
 played a leading role in Single-A Kannapolis' 14-2 rout of Fredericksburg at Atrium Health Ballpark.

The No. 1 White Sox prospect knocked in a professional-best five RBIs (also a game high), even though he only went 1-for-3. The 20-year-old's fifth double of the season cleared the bases in the fourth inning, and he brought in two more runs after getting hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the fifth and lofting a sacrifice fly in the sixth.

Montgomery was taken in the first round of the 2021 Draft with the 22nd overall pick out of Southridge High School in Huntingburg, Ind., where he stands as the all-time leading scorer in the school's basketball history with 1,966 career points. -- Ethan Sands

Céspedes parks a pair for first time (April 17)
Looking more and more like his big (half) brother, Yoelqui Céspedes enjoyed the first multihomer game of his professional career, slamming his first two long balls of the season in Double-A Birmingham's 7-6 loss to Charlotte. The No. 4 White Sox prospect drove in a personal-best four runs with his solo and three-run jacks.

Céspedes opened the scoring with a long home run off the scoreboard in left field and with the Barons trailing, 7-3, in the eighth, brought them to within a run with his three-run shot to left-center. The home runs pushed the 24-year-old's OPS to an impressive .814 over his first nine games. Along with his two homers, Céspedes has three doubles, six RBIs and six runs in 37 at-bats to begin 2022.

The Cuba-born slugger put together an impressive professional debut last year, batting .285/.350/.463 with 30 extra-base hits, eight roundtrippers, 27 RBIs and 18 stolen bases in 72 games with High-A Winston-Salem and Birmingham. -- Michael Avallone

Colas walks it off for Dash in extras (April 15)
In a game that saw 23 hits and 21 runs, it was the knock off the bat of second-ranked White Sox prospect Oscar Colas that provided the difference. In just his seventh professional game since signing out of Cuba on January 25, the 23-year-old posted his first three-knock effort -- the last securing the victory for High-A Winston-Salem in the 10th inning.

Colas finished 3-for-6 with a double, a pair of RBIs and a run scored. After leading off the game with a two-bagger to left, Colas drove in the Dash's third run with a hit to left in the second, and went back up the middle for the game-winning RBI in the 10th. The outfielder is sporting a .321/.406/.429 slash line with three doubles, five RBIs and four runs scored this season. -- Rob Terranova

Dominguez fans 9 for Charlotte (April 14)
Johan Dominguez, the White Sox No. 26 prospect, racked up nine strikeouts over 4 2/3 innings for Triple-A Charlotte. The 26-year-old right-hander threw 56 of his 92 pitches for strikes, walked two and gave up four hits.

Dominguez is off to a fast start this season as he's pitched to a 1.93 ERA with 16 strikeouts through two starts (9 2/3 innings). He pitched across three levels in 2021 and posted a 5.30 ERA over 107 innings. -- William Boor

Burger relishes starting two Opening Days in one year (April 8)
Jake Burger, the No. 7 White Sox prospect per MLB Pipeline, now has a unique distinction on his resume.

“It’s crazy. We opened up in Norfolk, and how many guys can say they played Triple-A Opening Day and then MLB Opening Day in the same year?” Burger said. “So that’s really exciting.”

Burger opened the season with Triple-A Charlotte but was pulled from the team’s game on Wednesday when Yoán Moncada was placed on the injured list with a slightly strained right oblique. So it was Burger who started at third in Friday’s 5-4 loss to the Tigers at Comerica Park, finishing 1-for-3 with one run scored and one walk.

Burger also made his Major League debut at Comerica Park last season.

“The adrenaline is probably about the same right now,” Burger said. “I’m a little more confident, understanding what I have to do day in and out, so less adrenaline and nervousness in that sense but still really really excited and pumped up.” -- Scott Merkin

Montgomery, Kath a duo to watch in Single-A (April 5)
Chris Getz, the White Sox assistant general manager for player development, had nothing but praise for shortstop Colson Montgomery and third baseman Wes Kath during a media Zoom session focused on the Minors.

Montgomery, the No. 1 White Sox prospect, per MLB Pipeline, and Kath, the No. 6 prospect, will open together at Single-A Kannapolis.

“I loved watching them play,” Getz said. “They're both very professional; they go about their business very well. They're certainly on a mission.

“Their maturity really stands out, and to watch them on the left side of the infield together is a real joy. They're getting more comfortable with the White Sox, getting more comfortable with professional baseball.”

Getz went on to break down some of the impressive particulars for Montgomery.

“The way he plays defense, he's so under control," Getz said. “The way his feet and hands work, plenty of arm. He looks like a Major League shortstop.

“He's just getting started with us. His at-bats are impressive. Once again, he's under control in the box. Takes pitches, makes good passes at the ball when appropriate, can drive the ball to all gaps and certainly have seen some power, as well.

“So having those guys in the lineup together at Kannapolis will be fun. I think they drive each other, and having them grow up together as professionals and work their way up the organizational ladder is certainly something we're all looking forward to watching.” -- Scott Merkin

Colas to Winston-Salem (April 5)
Oscar Colas, the White Sox No. 2 prospect, will begin his career with High-A Winston-Salem and get some looks in center field.

“Very impressive athlete, and he clearly is very passionate about the game,” said Chris Getz, White Sox assistant general manager/player development. “Strong left-handed stroke. He's got power. He's got the ability to use the whole field, and that's certainly something that we emphasize here with the Chicago White Sox. Just an aggressive player overall.

“He's got a big arm. He really stands out. I look forward to getting Oscar rolling at Winston-Salem, felt like that was a nice spot for him to get acclimated to the organization. It's wise to get him to the lower-level affiliates and, hopefully, gain some confidence and get his career rolling toward Chicago.” -- Scott Merkin

Céspedes off to Birmingham (April 5)
Yoelqui Céspedes
, the club’s No. 4 prospect, “turned some heads” in big league camp offensively and defensively, said Chris Getz, White Sox assistant general manager/player development. Céspedes will begin his 2022 season back at Double-A Birmingham.

“Mechanically, he's now in a much more sound position to make more contact within the zone,” Getz said. “Those are tough adjustments to make overnight, but that's what player development's for. That's what we're here for, and we feel like he's making strides forward, steps forward.” -- Scott Merkin