Prospect Watch: Chicago White Sox
SS Tyler Saladino
Tyler Saladino may wind up on the White Sox bench very soon as a utility infielder. The bulk of his defensive work has been at shortstop, but the Charlotte Knights have had the luxury of plugging the prospect in at first, second, or third base when needed. He has done so well for the Knights, in fact, that he was just voted into the starting lineup for the Triple-A International League’s All Star team.
With a batting average of .312 and .861 OPS, according to MiLB.com, it’s easy to see why he received that honor. In addition to his high rate metrics, he boasts decent power numbers, hitting 9 HRs with 42 RBI so far this year. To top it off, he’s also dangerous on the base paths, recording 28 steals in 2013, and swiping 6 bags on 7 attempts the first half of this season.
His defense isn’t as polished as the incumbent White Sox shortstop, Alexei Ramirez. However, if the team decides to sell while the Cuban Missile’s value is high, the offense may not suffer much of a setback with Saladino in the lineup.