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Blue Jays designate Teahen for assignment

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Blue Jays designate Teahen for assignment

The Blue Jays designated former White Sox infielder Mark Teahen for assignment Monday, ending the 30-year-old's short tenure north of the border. Teahen was sent to Toronto as a major salary dump along with Edwin Jackson for Jason Frasor and Zach Stewart last July.

Teahen had little use as a member of the Blue Jays' bench, appearing in just 27 games and seeing 47 plate appearances.

The subject of one of the more head-scratching contracts of the last few years, Teahen hit just .239 with a .310 on-base percentage and .356 slugging percentage -- good for a satanic .666 OPS. Following two solid years in 2006 and 2007 with the Royals, Teahen's offensive production fell off considerably in 2008 and 2009 -- and coupled with poor defense, Teahen didn't have much value as a starting position player when the Sox dealt for him after the '09 season.

That trend continued away from Kansas City, as Teahen has posted a negative WAR in each of the last four seasons. But Teahen received a three-year, 14 million contract extension from the White Sox in 2009. Even at the modest yearly salaries of 3.75 million and 4.75 million, Teahen's production was unable to match his salary.

Given Teahen's 2011 struggles against right-handed pitching and his suspect defense -- although he was much-improved with the glove at third base last year -- he may have a tough time catching on somewhere as a backup.

After short stint in the majors, White Sox send Zack Collins to Triple-A

After short stint in the majors, White Sox send Zack Collins to Triple-A

When general manager Rick Hahn has talked about bringing up key prospects, he says he wants those players to be able to come up to the majors and stay there. That won't be the case with Zack Collins.

The White Sox sent the catcher down to Triple-A Charlotte following Monday's 5-2 loss to the Royals. No corresponding move will be made until Tuesday, but it is expected Welington Castillo will return from his rehab stint and rejoin the White Sox.

Collins was called up on June 18, but only played in nine games with seven starts in his 28 days on the big league roster. Collins drew a pinch-hit walk in his first plate appearance at the Cubs on June 19. He then homered two days later in his first start in Texas.

After that, Collins struggled. He goes back to Charlotte after hitting .077 (2-for-26) with five walks, the one home run and 14 strikeouts in 31 plate appearances.

It's unclear if Collins had a chance to stick on the roster or if the plan was for him to go back to Triple-A once Castillo was ready to return. Collins certainly didn't do himself any favors at the plate, but he also didn't see regular playing time.

Collins, a first-round pick in 2016, was seen working out at first base in fielding practice before games, but he stuck to catcher and DH. He could have played some first base or DH when Castillo returned. However, the White Sox claimed A.J. Reed off waivers and he debuted after the all-star break. Reed has taken the at-bats at DH, leaving Collins without regular at-bats.

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White Sox prospect Luis Robert on fire fresh off promotion to Triple-A

White Sox prospect Luis Robert on fire fresh off promotion to Triple-A

Luis Robert has been promoted twice in 2019, but nothing has slowed down his red-hot season.

The 21-year-old Cuban has only played in five games for Triple-A Charlotte, but has skipped past the adjustment period and has been productive in all five.

After collecting two hits, a walk and two stolen bases on Monday, Robert is hitting .429/.500/.810 for the Knights. He has reached base at least twice in every game with Charlotte.

Robert has shown some versatility in his game as well. He hit four extra base hits in his first three games, including two home runs in his first game for Charlotte. In the last two he has added three stolen bases. One of the stolen bases on Monday didn’t require a slide.


With Eloy Jimenez coming into his own for the White Sox and Dylan Cease one start into his major league career, Luis Robert is the clear gem of the White Sox system currently. The outfielder is ranked as the No. 5 prospect in baseball by MLB Pipeline.

Charlotte’s BB&T Ballpark is known as a hitters’ park and Triple-A plays with the same baseballs that have been under fire lately for being juiced for hitters in the majors. It makes sense that Robert would put up big numbers, but it’s still an impressive start that has White Sox fans antsy for his call-up.

It’s just five games and the White Sox haven’t been in any rush with their top prospects, but Robert is showing that he isn’t that far away from being ready for MLB pitching.

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