White Sox: Nicky Delmonico showing 2017 was no fluke

GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 21: Nicky Delmonico
GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 21: Nicky Delmonico /

White Sox outfielder off to solid start in spring training and is showing 2017 was no fluke. The outfielder should begin 2018 season in left field for the team.

Chicago White Sox outfielder Nicky Delmonico has gotten off to a hot start in spring training as he’s quickly showing 2017 might not have been a fluke. After finally reaching the majors last year, Delmonico had a respectable showing in his rookie season.

The 25-year-old hit .262 with nine home runs and 23 RBIs in 43 games for the White Sox in 2017. Delmonico also had a .373 on-base percentage to go with his .482 slugging percentage and an OPS at .856. Currently, through 11 at-bats, Delmonico is hitting .455 in spring training.

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In the White Sox contest against the Cubs on Tuesday, Delmonico had three hits in the team’s 6-5 loss in Mesa, Ariz. Delmonico has yet to hit a home run this spring, but the fact that he’s off to a hot start at the plate is encouraging.

Last year, Delmonico hit .266 in 32 games for the White Sox in spring training. This translated to a solid season with Triple-A Charlotte where he had a slash line of .262/.347/.421 with 12 home runs and 45 RBIs in 99 games.

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On Wednesday, Lucas Giolito will make his spring training debut against the Texas Rangers at Camelback Ranch. Giolito had a nice end to his 2017 season as he had five quality starts in his seven outings with the White Sox. Giolito could enter this upcoming season as the team’s ace, but 2018 will be a big test for him as it will be his first full year pitching in the majors.