OAKLAND — Micah Johnson may be at Triple-A Charlotte but Robin Ventura doesn’t expect its forever.
A day after they sent their rookie second baseman to the minors, the White Sox manager hopes Johnson takes advantage of the opportunity. On Thursday, general manager Rick Hahn cited Johnson’s play to play consistency on defense as one of the reasons the team sent him to Charlotte.
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“This is something for Micah to go down and work on,” Ventura said. “You’re making adjustments as you go on the fly and this is something for him to go down and work on. I expect him to be back here at some point. It's not that we’re not gonna see him again.”
The White Sox informed Johnson of the move on Thursday morning. The team recalled Carlos Sanchez from Triple-A in place of Johnson.
“It’s disappointing I’m sure,” Ventura said. “I don’t think anybody takes it well. He’s competitive and I think again that’s gonna be something that we’ll see him at some point.”
White Sox catching prospect Zack Collins is being talked about in some elite company after a recent accomplishment.
Collins participated in the Southern League Home Run Derby in Double-A earlier this evening for the Birmingham Barons, and he secured his first career home run derby win.
Now, this is cool, thanks to NBC Sports Chicago’s stats guru Chris Kamka: Dating way back to 1895, Babe Ruth was born on Feb. 6, 1895. Collins was born on the same day as Ruth, but 100 years later.
It’s still way too early to make any sort of comparisons, but it’s a fun way to connect the two.
Collins so far this season is hitting .267 with 9 HR, 33 RBI’s and 59 BB in 62 games. Those walks lead the Southern League. The next highest is 39.
Collins is hitting much better than he did when he was with Single-A Winston-Salem last season. Collins hit a mere .233 in 101 games.
Think about this too. Rick Hahn mentioned several White Sox prospects will get promotions in the coming days. Could this mean Collins will get his opportunity? We’ll just have to wait and see.
Last week, Jose Abreu had a nearly 26,000 vote lead to start the 2018 MLB All-Star game over Red Sox first basemen Mitch Moreland. But now Abreu can take a brief sigh of relief on his quest to Washington.
MLB updated the American League fan ballot standings Tuesday for the Midsummer Classic. The Sox first baseman now has a lead on Moreland by over 138,000 votes.
This an encouraging sign for Abreu and White Sox faithful. Are fans taking notice of Abreu’s production this season?
His numbers this year include a slash line of .283/.338/.500. He also has 11 homers, 41 RBIs and 26 doubles. For his career, Abreu has a .299 average, 135 homers and 451 RBIs in 683 games.
He ranks first among AL first basemen in hits, doubles, RBIs, SLG and OPS. In other major offensive statistics, Abreu ranks near the top 10 for almost all of them.
Abreu is a cornerstone in the White Sox rebuild and if he does indeed start, it could be huge for his confidence and the team.
An All-Star nod this season would also mean a second career appearance in the game. He debuted in his rookie year (2014) as a reserve.
If fans indeed vote Abreu in as a starter, he would be the first position player to start for the White Sox since Frank Thomas did it back-to-back as a first baseman in 1994 and 1995.
There is still time to cast your votes to see Abreu start the Midsummer Classic. The AL will have another updated voting ballot June 26.