Céspedes has second multihomer game of the season

August 7th, 2022

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Céspedes showcases power in multihomer game (Aug.6)
When Yoelqui Céspedes hits homers, he likes to do it in twos.

The White Sox No. 4 prospect had not homered in his last 13 games. Céspedes finally broke that streak with his second multihomer game of the season, going 3-for-4 with two homers in Double-A Birmingham’s 14-9 loss to Chattanooga.

The 24-year-old’s power display came early as he crushed a solo shot to left-center field in the second inning. Céspedes was not done there as he hit his second solo long ball of the night in the seventh inning.

The outfielder’s power surge has brought his homer tally to 13 on the season. -- Edwin Perez

Rodriguez showcases power with third straight night with homer (Aug. 5)
Pitchers beware: Jose Rodriguez is on a power surge.

The White Sox No. 3 prospect has been hitting for power of late with four homers in the his past five games. Rodriguez made it three straight games with a long ball, going 1-for-5 with one homer in Double-A Birmingham’s 8-5 loss to Chattanooga.

The 21-year-old’s power display came early as he crushed a solo blast to left field in the first inning.

The shortstop’s power surge has brought his homer tally to five on the season. -- Edwin Perez

Rodriguez homers in second straight game for Birmingham (Aug. 4)
What's been a subpar year for Jose Rodriguez in terms of home runs has perked up noticeably over the past week.

The No. 3 White Sox prospect went deep for a second consecutive game and for the third time in four contests during Double-A Birmingham's 6-5 win in 11 innings over visiting Chattanooga. Rodriguez, who hit 14 homers across three Minor League levels in 2021, had one in his first 87 games this season.

Although his numbers don't measure up to his .301/.338/.469 slash line of a year ago, the 21-year-old shortstop has established career highs with 54 RBIs and 38 stolen bases. Rodriguez is batting .269 with a .702 OPS. -- Michael Avallone

Dash's Osik hits for cycle in front of family (Aug. 3)
Although he grew up 78 miles away, Tyler Osik had never been to Coney Island before.

But after combining for seven knocks in his first two games -- including hitting for the cycle in the second contest -- at High-A Brooklyn’s famed home -- the White Sox prospect was right at home. Osik’s milestone came in Winston-Salem’s 8-0 victory at Maimonides Park.

“It feels amazing,” he said. “Especially because I'm from Long Island, and to do it in front of my family and friends is so cool.”

With 10-15 familiar faces in the crowd for Game 1 of the series, Osik went 3-for-4 with a home run. The following day, the Central Florida product had five to six family members and friends there to watch him hit for the cycle for the first time in his life -- and it only took eight total pitches. Full story »

Ramos caps July with multihomer game (July 31)
Bryan Ramos had enjoyed a strong July, but the No. 8 White Sox prospect truly capped the month with a flourish.

Ramos connected on a pair of home runs for High-A Winston-Salem against Greensboro. Both jacks bookended the Dash's 8-4 win, with his first getting his team on the board in the opening frame before providing insurance with a three-run homer in the ninth.

The effort represented a nice finish to an exceptional month for Ramos. In 20 games, the outfielder hit .284 with an .853 OPS. He's now up to 17 home runs on the year, equaling his total from his first two pro seasons combined. -- Jacob Resnick

Bryan Ramos nearly doubled his July home run total on the final day of the month.Misfit Mom Photography

Colas records 2nd multihomer game in 3 nights (July 27)
It took Oscar Colas half of his first Minor League season to prove he was too good for the High-A South Atlantic League. Just over a week in, the Double-A Southern League might not be much of a challenge either.

The second-ranked White Sox prospect left the yard twice for the second time in three games as part of a four-hit effort in the Birmingham Barons’ 8-3 win over the Tennessee Smokies.

Facing No. 7 Cubs prospect Jordan Wicks in the third inning, Colas wasn’t fazed by the left-on-left matchup. The outfielder was caught off balance by a two-strike curveball but used his 60-grade strength to flick it on a line over the wall in right field. Full story »

Colas blasts 2 homers, reaching 10 on the season (July 24)
Oscar Colas is introducing himself with flair after being promoted to Double-A Birmingham on July 22.

The White Sox second-ranked prospect continued his eye-catching performances in the Barons' 6-1 win over Rocket City. The 23-year-old began his day with a single to left field in the first inning. In his second and third at-bats, the right fielder launched back-to-back homers to right field. He walked in his final plate appearance to end the game 3-for-3 with two blasts and four RBIs, marking consecutive games with a long ball and multiple hits.

The Cuba native is slashing .458/.500/.917 since joining his new team and has shown potential for an even higher ceiling with his most recent outings. -- Ethan Sands

Vera delivers hitless outing for Kannapolis (July 15)
Norge Vera's first taste of full season baseball continues to move along swimmingly.

The No. 5 White Sox prospect posted a hitless start -- his third in six outings since being promoted to Single-A -- and struck out seven over 3 1/3 innings in Kannapolis' eventual 5-0 loss to Salem. Four walks led to two runs and the loss for Vera.

The 22-year-old Cuban righty joined the Cannon Ballers on June 9 and sports a 2.65 ERA in 17 innings. Though he's working as a starter, Vera is continuing to build up his pitch count, which has reached 60 pitches in each of his last two outings. In those starts, he struck out a combined 15 in seven innings. -- Jacob Resnick

Rodriguez displays the need for speed in three-hit day (July 2)
Jose Rodriguez was aiming for three all night long. 

Chicago's No. 3 prospect played his part in Birmingham's 7-3 win over Chattanooga. 

The second baseman scored the first run of the game after knocking a single to left field in the first inning and stealing third after the No. 3 hitter walked. In the fourth, Rodriguez reached on an error and made the most of his time on the basepaths, stealing two more bases before scoring on a wild pitch. He followed with a leadoff triple to center in the sixth and a single to right in the eighth. He finished the night 3-for-5 with two runs, an RBI and three stolen bases, matching his career-high for bags taken in a game. He currently leads the Southern League with 24 stolen bases. --Ethan Sands

Oscar Colas notches first career four-hit game (June 25)
It's been a good weekend atop the White Sox Top 30 Prospects list.

A day after top prospect Colson Montgomery starred in his High-A debut, the White Sox No. 2 prospect dazzled for Winston-Salem as the Dash beat Hudson Valley, 6-3 on Saturday night. Leading the way was center fielder Oscar Colas, whose 4-for-5 showing included a double and an RBI single in the fifth.

It marked the first career four-hit game for Colas, a Cuban defector the White Sox signed for $2.7 million in January. The 23-year-old is hitting .307 with seven homers, 35 RBIs and an .855 OPS in his first 49 games stateside. -- Joe Trezza