Chicago White Sox: Who will emerge as the backup catcher?

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Chicago White Sox Yermin Mercedes
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Yermin Mercedes is a long shot for the Chicago White Sox but would be a fun option. 

Yermin Mercedes burst onto the scene during spring training last season. He launched four home runs, had four RBI’s, and batted .381 before COVID-19 grinned spring training to a halt. His production earned him the nickname “The Yerminator”.  He has been productive on just about every level. In eight minor league seasons, Yermin Mercedes is hitting .302 with 83 home runs and 390 RBI’s.

Like Collins, his defense leaves a lot to be desired. But he has been working with Jerry Narron.

"We’re working a lot, blocking, receiving, mentality,” Mercedes said. “That’s the goal, the mentality with the pitchers, the sequence, be ready for everything. The most we can do is be focused in the game, see what’s going on, like, ‘Oh, that play, we can make it.’ Blocking, receiving the ball. We do the best we can do in the practice. We feel great with that.”"

Mercedes has an uphill climb if he wants to make the team. He only has one Major League plate appearance to his name and is yet to record his first hit. The one thing he does have going his way is his versatility. During White Sox summer camp he could be seen playing left field and third base.

This is going to be his ticket to a roster spot if he wants to make the team. A strong offensive showing mixed with some flexibility in the field and improved defense behind the plate may be enough for the White Sox to decide to carry three catchers.

A 3-for-5 showing with a pair of RBI singles on Wednesday is a good start. Unfortunately, the deck is stacked against Mercedes given the fact that the White Sox are in “World Series or bust” mode. They do not have time to experiment with a reclamation project.