The White Sox added depth at first base and in the outfield, signing 29-year-old Conor Jackson to a minor league deal and optioning him to Triple-A Charlotte. Jackson, once regarded as a top prospect while with Arizona, had just three hits in 33 at-bats with the Rangers this spring before he was released.
Jackson spent the majority of his 2011 season with Oakland, posting a .315 OBP with five home runs for the A's. He also appeared in 12 games with Boston with a .227 OBP.
From 2006-2008, Jackson was a solid offensive player for Arizona, compiling a .371 OBP thanks to nearly as many walks (166) as strikeouts (184). But he came down with a case of valley fever in 2009 and hasn't been the same since -- his batting eye (74 walks, 96 strikeouts) has been as good as ever, but his hitting ability has escaped him (.232 batting average, eight home runs).
Jackson will presumably join Greg Golson and Jordan Danks in Charlotte's outfield, although he may see some time at first base if Dan Johnson ends up DH'ing for the Knights.
In Part 2 of "Ask Us Anything" we answer the following questions: Who will be the biggest free agent the White Sox sign this off-season? What are the chances they trade Avi Garcia before the deadline? What's your assessment so far of Luis Robert? Who's on your all-time busted prospect list? Is Omar Vizquel the next White Sox manager? Would the 1994 White Sox have won the World Series if there wasn't a strike? What's the long term plan at third base? These questions and many more on this edition of the White Sox Talk Podcast.
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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.