It is actually happening. The Chicago White Sox are calling up Jake Burger to join the Major League roster. This comes with the news that Yoan Moncada is going to miss the weekend series against the Detroit Tigers because he hurt his hand sliding into third base. That is unfortunate but it should certainly be exciting to see Burger get to the MLB for the first time in his life. After everything that he has been through with injuries, he is one of the easiest players to root for right now.
Jake Burger has had a long road to the Chicago White Sox roster in 2021.
He didn’t have a season in 2020 because of the pandemic and all of the years prior since being drafted were cut short due to the aforementioned injuries. Now he will finally get his chance to show everyone why he was a first-round pick.
The 2021 season has been enchanted for him in AAA. Burger has played in 42 Charlotte Knights games so far this season. In those games, he has a batting average of .322 with an on-base percentage of .368. Add in his OPS of .964 and you know he has been incredible. He has 10 home runs and 36 RBIs as of right now as well so the power has been all the way there.
Burger will, at minimum, be with the White Sox for this series with the Tigers. We saw Gavin Sheets come to the big leagues against the Minnesota Twins this week and be awesome. The White Sox are hoping that Burger can do the same as they were both catalysts for the Knights before their arrival to the big leagues. When Burger didn’t play for Charlotte on Thursday, we started to get the feeling that this might be happening for him.
You don’t have to expect to see Burger do as well as Sheets has but it would be really awesome to see him have at least a little bit of success. We won’t know his long-term future with the organization for a while but all that matters today is the present. If Burger can impress in his first MLB stint, they may be inclined to keep him around for a while.
Eventually, Eloy Jimenez and Luis Robert are going to return as well which will limit roster space as it is. However, once the expanded rosters come out, Burger could be lucky enough to have a good MLB start under his belt if they want to make some call-ups.
This is an exciting time for White Sox fans. This team is in first place and they have had some success with prospects coming through the system over the years. If Jake Burger becomes the next one in a long line, everybody wins.
In addition to calling up Burger, the team has sent down Yermin Mercedes and Zack Burdi to AAA Charlotte. Adam Eaton has been reinstated from the Injured List. It is an interesting day all around for the team, especially on the Yermin Mercedes front. It is going to be fun to see what Burger can do at the MLB level after a great comeback story.