This move shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone as Sheets’ play has been less than stellar so far in 2022. He hasn’t been living up to expectations this season, so something had to be done.
Sheets had been slashing .204/.268/.328 prior to being sent down. This coming in 44 games with 137 at-bats. He had 28 hits, 10 RBIs, and just four home runs during his time up in the Majors this year.
It’s been easy to see that he’s struggling to play with the big boys and perhaps a stint in the Minor Leagues will help get him set straight, make him better, and allow him to develop more.
He came on strong in 2021 having a slash line of .250/.324/.506. This came in 54 games with 160 at-bats. He went yard 11 times in that time and showed a lot of promise. Some thought that he would be a star in the White Sox lineup but it just didn’t pan out for him.
Gavin Sheets is being sent from the Chicago White Sox to AAA Charlotte.
In a corresponding move, the White Sox called up pitcher Jimmy Lambert and he will be available for this weekend’s series against the Rangers.
Don’t think that we have seen the last of Sheets in the Major Leagues. It’s likely that the White Sox will suffer an injury or someone will be sent down to the Minors for poor performance which will allow Sheets to come back again.
But he is going to have to show a lot more than he did in the Majors this year to come back to make a dent with the White Sox. It’s obvious that Sheets is talented and has a lot to offer but just needs some work.
Sheets will be back (maybe even this season) but he must get a lot better than he has been in order to work his way back into the Sox lineup. In the meantime, the White Sox will continue to look for the right mix in their batting order to get them to win more games.
We may see more players heading to the minors and more coming back up to shake things up and make the White Sox offense much more potent but stable.