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Chicago White Sox: Danny Mendick looks to earn 2020 roster spot

Joshua Finkelstein
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The Chicago White Sox called up infielder Danny Mendick earlier this week shortly after rosters expanded. He will be hoping to make a name for himself while he is with the team in September and look to earn a role on the 2020 roster. 

Danny Mendick started his first game for the Chicago White Sox on Thursday afternoon against the Cleveland Indians and no doubt impressed people as he went 2-for-4 with a run scored.

Mendick, 25, started the game at third base as the team had Yoan Moncada DH, but he is also capable of playing second base, shortstop, and even left field.

In 133 games for Triple-A Charlotte this season, the right-handed hitter had a slash line of .279/.368/.444 to go along with 17 home runs and 64 RBI.

The 2015 22nd round pick also had 19 steals on the season, but was caught eight times in the process which demonstrates a 70% success rate.

While a 25-year-old rookie who is only making the majors in his fifth season in pro-ball isn’t that exciting, that doesn’t mean Mendick can’t become a good player in this league.

Many late bloomers have had success in this league such as Jeff McNeil, Ryan Howard, Jason Bay, etc.

On top of it, for Mendick to be considered a success, it’s not like he has to be a star.

In my opinion, success for Mendick would quantify as him becoming a viable utility infielder that can also be used as a pinch-runner late in games.

With Yoan Moncada and Tim Anderson already locked in at third and short along with the eventual promotion of Nick Madrigal in 2020, that’s all they really could use from Mendick at those positions.

Mendick by no means is the name White Sox fans wanted to keep an eye on in September with Madrigal and Luis Robert in Triple-A as recently as this past week.

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However, the name to keep an eye on over the last month of the season in terms of September callups is Danny Mendick, who, reasonably speaking, could earn a niche on the Chicago White Sox for the 2020 season and beyond.

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