Jake Burger can help the Chicago White Sox at different spots on the field.
With a fully-stacked and healthy White Sox team, this is not an issue. Of course, you can’t always get what you want. Leury García splits his time between the outfield and infield as he can play pretty much everywhere. Danny Mendick provides infield depth as well. With the outfield taking the biggest hit of the lineup, they have switched to full-time in the outfield to fill those spots.
When called up, Burger will provide depth to third and DH to help ease the pressure off Yoán Moncada and Yermin Mercedes to play every day over a long stretch of games without an off day.
At this current moment, taking Moncada out of the lineup a little bit more is not such a good idea considering he is heating up. Over the course of the season, though, he may feel the effects of fatigue. That could be a sport for Jake Burger.
Mercedes is showing that his 8-8 to start the season was no fluke as he is fifth in batting average at .335. Yet, he has been 4-21 with no extra-base hits in the past six games. He only struck out four times, so he is putting the ball in play. After Wednesday’s game, it was made clear he is in desperate need of a day off or two.
In Wednesday’s loss to the Cardinals, Mercedes left ten runners on base himself alone. DH has been the most problematic position for the White Sox ever since Jim Thome left. Mercedes stepped up big time at the beginning of the season and is still a great hitter but he is human and gets tired.
Jake Burger, who was mentioned in Spring Training to be the potential DH, is showing in Triple-A that he has what it takes to hit well when it matters. It may still be too early to call up Burger as he has been out of the game for a while. However, it would be hard to ignore his stats if he continues to drive in runs. A September call-up is very much on the table and the southside could see Jake Burger sooner than expected.