White Sox: Nicky Delmonico Making Most of Opportunity
White Sox receiving solid contributions from left-handed hitter during his first stint in the majors. The young hitter has been a pleasant surprise thus far.
When Chicago White Sox outfielder Willy Garcia went on the disabled list with a concussion on Aug. 1 , the team promoted left-handed hitter Nicky Delmonico to the majors. Delmonico who had an adventurous journey to the show, has taken advantage of his opportunity with the Sox thus far.
Through 17 games played, Delmonico is hitting .361/.451/.639 with five home runs and 11 RBIs for the White Sox. This includes two games in which he hit two home runs last week on the road. One of his two home run games featured an inside-the-park home run against the Texas Rangers on Friday.
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With the Sox rebuilding, Delmonico has gotten more playing time for a team that is more concerned with individual player development this season. Delmonico wasn’t tearing the cover off the ball for Triple-A Charlotte this season, but he does the give the Sox something they badly needed this year and that’s a left-handed bat.
Delmonico is succeeding for the team, although its just a small sample size. If he can have a solid finish to his first season in the majors, he could become a mainstay for the team in 2018. The Sox could use Delmonico has their primary designated hitter next season, or have him play left field.
First MLB Start: Carson Fulmer will start his first MLB game on Monday night as the Sox face the Minnesota Twins in game two of a doubleheader. Fulmer, the Sox 2015 first round draft pick has been struggling recently for Triple-A Charlotte. The right-handed pitcher is 7-8 with a 5.61 ERA for the Knights this season.
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In his last 10 starts, Fulmer has gone 1-4 with a 6.62 ERA to go along with 46 strikeouts and 28 walks. Last season, Fulmer didn’t have much success at the big league level as he went 0-2 with an 8.49 ERA in 11 relief appearances. Fulmer will be up as the Sox 26th man on Monday, but if he has a good outing, he could return after the Knights season is completed on Sept. 4.