Evidence suggests he does not like to be photographed. (Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE)
The often moved Player to be Named Later has had to pack his bags again. The White Sox have acquired Blake Tekotte from the San Diego Padres for a Player to be Named Later. Tekotte split his time in 2012 between the Padres and AAA Tucson. He’s got some speed, having stolen 36 bases in 2011 at the minor league level but getting on base to even attempt a steal is a skill that he has yet to master. In his 49 MLB at-bats he’s struck out in more than half of them, a trait that doesn’t look much better over his time in the minors. At Tucson in 2012, in a hitter’s friendly Pacific Coast League, he struck out 92 times while walking just 18 times in just under 90 games putting up a .243/.284/.402 line.
The Padres designated Tekotte for assignment last week along with LHP Josh Spence. What he’s expected to contribute to the White Sox is up for debate. Without knowing much of him, I’m calling him the poor man’s Brent Lillibridge, which is fairly poor to begin with. His acquisition won’t hurt, provided the PTBNL doesn’t turn out being a crazy stud, but the desire to add him to the organization at all is interesting.
The Player to be Named Later is Brandon Kloess, who will be a 28 year old minor leaguer when the season begins.