Gillaspie was an interesting acquisition for the White Sox last season. He was traded from the Rays for Dan Jennings as a player that was “MLB-ready.” Gillaspie has played the last two seasons in Triple-A ball and has been fairly successful. He slashed .223 /.297/.373 in 2017 and .307/.389/.520 in 47 games in 2016.
Similar to the aforementioned Rondon, Gillaspie’s next step in his career will be playing in the majors. He’s listed as a first baseman and will probably not get a chance to take Abreu’s spot on the team but maybe Matt Davidson’s spot as a fill-in for Abreu. Gillaspie can take on that designated hitter/first base role if Abreu and/or Davidson are not ready for the regular season or even as added depth. The main thing going for Gillaspie is that he has more experience than many of the minor league prospects and the White Sox are open to developing young talent.