Sox Scrimmage: Anderson Stays Hot, Dunning Impresses

The White Sox were in action at Guaranteed Rate Field again on Sunday afternoon, and once again Tim Anderson stole the show.

The reigning Major League Baseball batting champion continued to smoke absolutely everything thrown at him, crushing a pair of home runs today, giving him three during the summer camp intrasquad scrimmages.

Anderson’s first home run of the day came off of reliever Evan Marshall and came complete with a signature bat flip.

Anderson followed up his blast off of Evan Marshall with another one against reliever Carson Fulmer.

2019 first-rounder Andrew Vaughn also got into the long-ball party that we’ve seen at 35th & Shields with his first homer of camp, giving the White Sox a combined 10 home runs so far.

While Anderson’s red-hot bat was the show-stealer on Sunday, Dane Dunning‘s performance was not to be overlooked.

Dunning — who is making his way back from Tommy John surgery — tossed three scoreless innings, striking out one and walking none. Even with Michael Kopech opting to bypass the 2020 season, Dunning might have more of a role with the Taxi Squad this summer, but nonetheless, his strong outing on Sunday gives White Sox fans some much-needed assurance that the club does, in fact, have quality depth in their pitching ranks.

Other Observations

  • Yermin Mercedes continued to do everything he can to find his way on the Opening Day roster on Sunday, this time with his glove. Mercedes made a nice diving catch to rob Eloy Jimenez of a hit in left field. Mercedes has spent time in left field, third base, and catcher during the scrimmages, and proven he’s more than willing to take on whatever role the White Sox will throw his way.
  • Zack Collins had a strong day at the plate including an opposite-field double. Collins, a 2016 first-rounder, finds himself behind all-star catchers Yasmani Grandal and James McCann on the depth chart but could provide the White Sox with a left-handed bat off of the bench this season.
  • Gio Gonzalez allowed each of the first three opposing hitters to reach base on Sunday, but according to James Fegan of The Athletic, Gonzalez was working on his offspeed repertoire today. “Gio González said changeups and breaking balls are what he was really monitoring today for if his shoulder would respond well, and he felt like it did. Said this is the first time he’s thrown up to three innings in 2020”
  • The White Sox are back in action tomorrow, and you can view the scrimmage on the NBC Sports Chicago My Teams app, as well as the White Sox Facebook and YouTube pages.

Feature Photo: Chicago Tribune


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Patrick Flowers

Founder, Editor-in-Chief of The Dugout. Previous work can be found all over and has been featured on Bleacher Report, Fox Sports, and SI. Dad, husband, son, and brother among other things.

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