Chicago White Sox: Meaning behind three players going to AAA

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The Chicago White Sox sent three players to the AAA Charlotte Knights during the Spring Training cancelation so what does that mean?

The Chicago White Sox along with the rest of Major League Baseball are not playing games right now. The rest of Spring Training is seemingly canceled and the regular season is on delay. There is no light at the end of the tunnel but we do know that this will all pass one day and baseball will return. With all that is going on, the White Sox have still made some moves.

According to NBC Sports Chicago’s Vinnie Duber, the White Sox have sent three players down to AAA Charlotte. Yermin Mercedes, Zack Collins, and Jose Ruiz are all going down to the Charlotte Knights according to Duber’s report via Twitter. It is possible that something changes when the season resumes but for now, if they are down that is an interesting move for the White Sox.

Obviously, Yasmani Grandal and James McCann are going to be the catchers so Mercedes and Collins are likely not going to see much time behind the plate. Where they could come in handy for the White Sox is in the batter’s box. They were both having very good showings in Spring Training before it all came to an end. Mercedes had a .381 batting average with four home runs and nine RBIs. Collins hit .333 with two home runs and six RBIs.

Jose Ruiz is a relief pitcher that is looking for some innings in 2020. The White Sox bullpen is heavily upgraded so it makes sense that Ruiz was sent down. He made one start in 2019 but if he even gets one start in 2020 something went terribly wrong. He should be in Charlotte for most, if not all, of the season as they continue to try and develop him.

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Some of these moves might seem strange to White Sox fans but it is hard to grasp what they actually mean. They could end up meaning nothing in the end as the world is just trying to recover from the current global pandemic. Hopefully, whatever happens, the White Sox are able to field the best baseball team possible.

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