The White Sox have dropped five in a row and moved to a season-low seven games below .500 at 24-31 for the season. But a young bullpen that perhaps overachieved early in the season is still performing quite well, the noted progressions of potential cornerstones such as Jose Abreu and Avisail Garcia have continued, and a stacked farm system provides a glimpse at what is to come for the South Siders.
The big league club caught a glimpse of that future when the club brought up right-handed reliever Brad Goldberg to make his Major League debut. Goldberg is not currently ranked in the organization's Top 30 prospects according to MLBPipeline.com, but he has shown the ability to pitch well at Triple-A Charlotte (1.99 ERA in 17 appearances) and do so on a big stage such as he did with Israel in the World Baseball Classic. Goldberg made his debut Saturday, giving up three runs in one-third of an inning.
So who else has stood out from the crop in the organization?
Luis Robert, DSL
Robert, the club's recent splash in the international signing pool, reported to the club's DSL team in Boca Chica, Dominican Republic, and put on a White Sox uniform for the first time. This will be some of his first competitive baseball action in over a year for the outfielder, who is already No. 3 on the club's Top 30, according to MLBPipeline.com.
Carson Fulmer, Charlotte
Fulmer, who is currently the club's sixth-ranked prospect and the fourth-rated right-hander in the system, bounced back after a string of rough outings by holding Buffalo to a run on two hits in five innings of work. It snapped a streak of three consecutive outings in which he had given up four or more earned runs. Control and command continue to elude him, however, has he has walked multiple batters in four consecutive outings.
Zack Collins, Class A Advanced Winston-Salem
Collins, who was Chicago's first-round selection in last year's Draft, has been progressing well and showing his ability at the plate. He's riding a hot streak as of late, hitting safely in seven consecutive games and nine of his last 10 overall while posting an on-base percentage of .395 over that stretch. Collins is currently the No. 7 prospect and No. 3 position player in the White Sox system according to MLBPipeline.com.
• Yoan Moncada, the No. 1 prospect in baseball, has continued to slump for Charlotte since his return from a thumb injury last month. In his 10 games since his return on May 26, he has gone 5-for-36 (.139) with 13 strikeouts and just a pair of extra-base hits. In that span, he's seen his season batting average drop from .324 to .291.