With third baseman Yoan Moncada out with a hand injury, the Chicago White Sox called up their no. 11 prospect Jake Burger on Friday morning. He made his major league debut that same night. Burger was drafted 11th overall in the 2017 MLB Draft by the White Sox but had to overcome two Achilles tendon injuries and a heel injury to get to where he is today.
Prior to getting called up to the big leagues, Burger produced a slash line of .322/.368/.596, hitting 10 home runs and driving in 36 runs for Triple-A Charlotte. Burger made his debut batting eighth in the order and playing third base for the White Sox in their series opener against the Detroit Tigers.
The Chicago White Sox is very happy with what has happened for Jake Burger.
In his debut with the White Sox, Burger went 2-4 with a double in the seventh inning as his first major league hit. He came up to bat again in the top of the ninth inning and slapped a single to right-center field.
As the White Sox have been hit with a slew of injuries this season to key position players, Burger brings positional versatility. That allows him to possibly be the replacement for Nick Madrigal at second base as he had spent some time there while playing for Triple-A Charlotte this season.
With the first game and first hit out of the way, the next first for Burger is a home run and with the way he was tearing up Triple-A, it wouldn’t be a surprise if we saw that happen sooner rather than later.
The no. 11 prospect looks to be the next White Sox prospect to come up and make an immediate impact for the first-place team, similar to guys like Andrew Vaughn, Yermin Mercedes, Gavin Sheets, Michael Kopech, and Garrett Crochet. Burger getting called up and making his debut for the White Sox after what he has had to go through is a great story for not only White Sox fans but also the game of baseball.