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Wise returns to White Sox on minor-league deal

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Wise returns to White Sox on minor-league deal

Dewayne Wise hurt the White Sox in a trip to New York City in June.

Now general manager Kenny Williams hopes Wise, who was signed to a minor-league deal on Friday, can help before the season is out.

Wise -- who played here from 2008-09 and made a critical catch to preserve Mark Buehrles perfect game -- was released by the New York Yankees Tuesday. He had been designated for assignment earlier in the week and refused and assignment to Triple-A.

Dewayne was having a good year for the Yankees, Williams said. He did a lot of good things for the Yankees, unfortunately some of them were against us. We feel he needs some at-bats because he hasnt played in a while. But we feel at some point he could be part of the equation and help us on the bench.

Wise has a .778 OPS in 63 plate appearances this season.

He is hitting .262 with three home runs, eight RBIs and stole seven bags. Wise hit one of his homers, a two-run shot, in a June 30 win over the White Sox in New York. On June 29, Wise pitched for the Yankees and retired Paul Konerko and Alex Rios during a 14-7 White Sox win.

He also has a 3.9 Ultimate Zone Rating -- a metric which measures runs saved over the average defender at a position -- in 189 23 innings in the outfield.

Wise will report to Triple-A Charlotte. Williams said he didnt know when asked if Wise could join the team before Sept. 1, when rosters expand to 40.

The must-listen Nicky Delmonico White Sox Talk Podcast

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The must-listen Nicky Delmonico White Sox Talk Podcast

While taking part in the White Sox hitters camp in Glendale, Ariz., Nicky Delmonico joined Chuck Garfien and Ryan McGuffey on the podcast to talk about his impressions of Luis Robert and Eloy Jimenez. But that was only the beginning. 

Delmonico went in-depth about his first major league season, doing hot yoga this winter with Jake Burger, the one White Sox player he expects to have a big season in 2018 (the answer might surprise you), losing a big bet to Tim Anderson.

Plus, Delmonico helps us give away a pair of 3-day passes to Sox Fest and much more.

Listen to the latest White Sox Talk Podcast right here:

Is Luis Robert so good that he'll start the season at Double-A?

Is Luis Robert so good that he'll start the season at Double-A?

Just how good is Luis Robert?

Well, that's the problem. Us on the outside, we don't know exactly.

The White Sox obviously love him, willing to give him big bucks to come play a starring role in the rebuild. Rick Renteria raved about Robert last month at the Winter Meetings, getting White Sox fans all excited by hyping Robert's speed, fielding skills and power.

But as good as the scouting reports sound, is Robert really so good that he'll go from never playing a game in the United States to the higher levels of minor league baseball right away?

That eyebrow-raising possibility was floated Tuesday.

Robert unsurprisingly has plenty of confidence in his own abilities and told The Athletic's James Fegan at the team's hitters' camp in Arizona that his goal is to make it to the big leagues sometime in 2018.

But perhaps the more interesting comment came from Chris Getz, the White Sox director of player development, who said Tuesday that Robert could potentially start the season at either of the White Sox two Class A affiliates, Kannapolis or Winston-Salem, or even at Double-A Birmingham.

Robert is just 20 years old, and he's yet to play a game of minor league baseball in the United States after spending his teenage years playing in Cuba. In fact, his only action since joining the White Sox has been 28 games in the Dominican Summer League. He did fare quite well in that handful of contests, slashing .310/.491/.536 with three homers, 14 RBIs, 12 stolen bases and a sparkling 22-to-23 walk-to-strikeout ratio. But that's not really the point.

The White Sox are in no rush with Robert, or any of their highly touted prospects, for that matter. Not expected to compete for a championship in 2018, there doesn't appear to be any reason to elevate Robert to the highest levels of the minors so quickly without first getting him some experience in the lower levels.

Of course, Getz even mentioning the possibility of Robert starting the season at Birmingham should also show just how good the team thinks Robert is right now. So maybe Robert's major league dream for 2018 isn't as crazy as it sounds?