White Sox promote third base prospect to take place of injured outfielder. Injured outfielder will miss at least seven days.
After Monday night’s walk-off win against the Toronto Blue Jays, the Chicago White Sox placed outfielder Willy Garcia on the 7-day concussion disabled list. Their corresponding move was recalling third baseman Nicky Delmonico from Triple-A Charlotte. Delmonico will be making his MLB debut Tuesday night playing left field batting fifth.
Delmonico, 25, has endured a long and hard fought climb to the Major League level. A former sixth round pick by the Baltimore Orioles back in 2011, Delmonico was apart of two different organizations (Orioles 2011-2013 and Brewers 2013-2015) before signing as a minor league free agent with the White Sox back in February 2015. Delmonico was traded straight up for former All-Star closer Francisco Rodriguez back in 2013. Delmonico underperformed at Single-A for the Brewers leading to his release in 2015.
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The sudden release opened the doors for the White Sox to sign Delmonico to a minor league deal. He turned in an impressive 2016 campaign between Double-A Birmingham and Triple-A Charlotte. Delmonico posted a .279/.347/.490 slashline with 17 home runs and 61 RBIs.
He has followed up with yet another power surge this season with Charlotte hitting 22 home runs and a .549 slugging percentage. With the injury and trade bug continuing to circle the White Sox clubhouse, now is the time for Delmonico to bring his power bat up to Chicago.
Delmonico is not ranked in the White Sox’s top 30 prospect list, but has the opportunity to prove many wrong and impress at the Major League level.