The White Sox opened their nine-game road trip 1-5 -- they were swept by the Tigers and dropped two of three to the Rays -- but they should have help on the way with James Shields and Carlos Rodon showing progress in their respective rehab assignments.Even more help could be
The White Sox opened their nine-game road trip 1-5 -- they were swept by the Tigers and dropped two of three to the Rays -- but they should have help on the way with James Shields and Carlos Rodon showing progress in their respective rehab assignments.
Even more help could be on the way from a young, talented farm system. Here's who has stood out so far for the South Siders:
Michael Kopech, Double-A Birmingham
Right-hander Kopech, the White Sox No. 2 prospect according to MLBPipeline.com, added another accolade to his name as he was named the North Division starter in the Southern League All-Star game in Pensacola, Fla., on June 20. Kopech is coming off a rough outing in which he gave up five runs in five innings, but he still leads all Chicago Minor Leaguers with 80 strikeouts in 58 1/3 innings.
Lucas Giolito, Triple-A Charlotte
Giolito is coming off one of his best starts of the season, striking out a season-high 11 and holding Durham to a run on five hits on Monday night. He's held opponents to three or fewer earned runs in each of his past five starts, lowering his ERA from 6.55 to 4.95 over that span. Giolito is the club's No. 4 prospect.
Dane Dunning, Class A Advanced Winston-Salem
Dunning put together one of his best outings since moving up to Winston-Salem, striking out 11 batters despite allowing four runs (all unearned) and taking the loss. He did not issue a walk for the first time as a member of the Dash and for the first time since April 13 with Kannapolis. Dunning is the club's No. 11 prospect.
Alec Hansen, Class A Kannapolis
Hansen continues to mow down hitters at an impressive rate. He struck out seven in six innings of one-run ball in his last outing, giving him 39 strikeouts over his past four appearances. Hansen is the club's No. 10 prospect.
• Yoan Moncada, the top prospect in baseball, continues to be mired in a slump since his return from a thumb injury. He went 3-for-4 on Tuesday for Triple-A Charlotte against Durham, but even with that big day, he is just 5-for-38 (.132) over his past 10 games.
• Charlotte pitcher Zack Burdi has run into trouble recently, giving up a pair of runs in each of his past two outings. He's given up nine runs over his past four outings (3 2/3 innings), spelling trouble for the team's No. 8 prospect.
• Charlotte made a roster move before Friday's action, electing to release left-handed reliever Giovanni Soto. He had a 5.33 ERA in 16 appearances this season.
Fabian Ardaya is a reporter for MLB.com based in Chicago.