The Chicago White Sox are in a bad way right now. They are going into their weekend series with the Tampa Bay Rays at 23-26. Being three games under .500 on June 3rd is not a good look at all. Tony La Russa deserves a lot of blame and so do the players.
The offense has been brutal. It has been brutal mostly because of the fact that the lineup changes every single day and they don’t put their best foot forward. However, there is a player in the organization that might be able to provide a spark.
Yermin Mercedes lit the world on fire in 2021. It was only for the first two months of the season but he really helped the White Sox overcome an early-season slump. He wasn’t there to protect them from that this year and the record speaks for itself.
It might be time to let Yermin Mercedes make it back to the big leagues now. We all remember the huge slump that he was in last year after the hot start. It got to be so bad that he was sent to AAA to work on his game.
There was also the swinging at a 3-0 pitch for a home run off a position player in a blowout drama, the retiring and then coming back drama, and some of the strange social media posts that went with the slump and he hasn’t been back since.
The Chicago White Sox needs to get Yermin Mercedes back in their lineup soon.
Now is the chance for the White Sox to make it right and hope it provides a spark at the same time. He has been good since returning to AAA this season (he started the year injured). He is on the MLB 40 man so calling him up might be worth it.
In 63 at-bats so far, he has an average of .222 to go with three home runs, 10 RBI, one stolen base, and an OPS of .760. That isn’t even him at his best but we all know how he can hit when he gets going. That is something the White Sox can use right now.
Thre are a few other players in AAA right now worthy of a call-up as well. Mercedes, however, is the one who has the most experience playing with this group at the highest level. We will see if he is able to contribute at any point this season. It is worth a shot.