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Trayce Thompson on White Sox promotion: 'It's definitely surreal'


Trayce Thompson on White Sox promotion: 'It's definitely surreal'

Two days after his family broke the news via social media, Trayce Thompson answered questions about his promotion in front of his stall in the White Sox clubhouse.

Even though he had known he’d join the White Sox on Monday since early on Saturday after J.B. Shuck went on the disabled list, Thompson was still trying to wrap his head around his first trip to the majors.

Thompson -- who hit .260/.304/.441 slash line with 13 homers at Triple-A Charlotte -- is comfortable but still trying to make sense as he became the fourth member of his family to play at the highest level in his sport.

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Trayce’s father, Mychal, played for the Los Angeles Lakers, Portland Trail Blazers and San Antonio Spurs. His oldest brother, Mychel, played for the Cleveland Cavaliers, while Klay, a year older than Trayce, 24, won an NBA title with the Golden State Warriors in June.

“Getting the call, first, was more of a shock,” Thompson said. “I’ve been with the White Sox, I’ve been doing this for a long time. It’s not like I never thought it would happen, but I just try to keep my head down, not really pay attention to stuff I can’t control. It’s definitely surreal.”

Once they heard the news of the youngest Thompson’s promotion on Saturday, Mychel and Klay posted their joy via Instagram and Twitter, respectively. Thompson doesn’t have any social media accounts and learned later on his brothers shared the news.

“They’re probably the two worst people to get it out to because they have so many followers,” Thompson said.

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Within several hours both had removed the posts. But with Shuck on the DL, it was clear the White Sox needed another outfielder and Thompson has played the best of anyone in their farm system. Back in spring training, Thompson, a second-round pick in 2009, said he hoped to tap back into the power that allowed him to hit 25 homers earlier in his pro career.

“I just got back to what makes me myself,” Thompson said. “When I was in A ball, I could do a lot of things, and I was hitting the fastball and I was doing my thing, helping the team in a lot of ways. I kind of got away from that in Double-A. Harold Baines and Jim Thome helped me in spring training, getting back on fastballs.

“I felt like I got away from hitting the fastball. I feel like I’m doing a better job of that this year. Being a little more aggressive has helped me with that, too.”

White Sox manager Robin Ventura intends to get Thompson into the lineup soon, though Avisail Garcia started Monday’s series opener against the Tampa Bay Rays. While he jokes it was a tough situation, the advance word has given Thompson’s entire family enough time to get to Chicago to see his debut.

“I’m just glad I’m here, and they’ll be here tonight, so it’s going to be fun,” Thompson said. “It’s great to be here, obviously, and I’m just trying to help the team win and do whatever I can.”

The White Sox turned Comerica Park into a Home Run Derby in Saturday's win

The White Sox turned Comerica Park into a Home Run Derby in Saturday's win

Chicks dug the White Sox on Saturday.

The South Siders hit four home runs in their 8-3 dismantling of the Tigers at Comerica Park. Tim Anderson stayed red-hot with a pair of long balls, Jose Abreu went deep in addition to his pair of doubles, and Daniel Palka made some interesting history with his long ball (see below).

We'll let our stat guru Chris Kamka take it from here.

Since their 10-29 start the White Sox are a respectable 6-4. Days at the plate like Saturday sure help.

Charlie Tilson plays in Detroit for first time since getting injured in his MLB debut

Charlie Tilson plays in Detroit for first time since getting injured in his MLB debut

For over two years, Charlie Tilson was starting to look like his own version of "Moonlight" Graham, the player made famous in the movie "Field of Dreams" because he played in one major league game and never got to bat.

The White Sox traded for Tilson just before the trade deadline passed in 2016. Two days later he made his big league debut with the White Sox in Detroit. He got a single in his first at-bat, but left the game with an injury and missed the rest of the season. Tilson also missed all of the 2017 season and his MLB future was starting to come into question.

Back healthy, Tilson started this season in Triple-A Charlotte and hit .248 in 39 games when he got called up to replace Leury Garcia, who was placed on the disabled list. On Thursday, Tilson returned to a big league field for the first time in more than 20 months. He went 0-for-3 in a loss to Baltimore.

Friday marked a return to the site of Tilson's big league debut and the injury that made it such a brief stint. Tilson has now played three big league games, over the course of nearly 21 months, and two of them have been in Detroit.

Tilson went 1-for-4, meaning both his hits are in Comerica Park. The White Sox lost 5-4 after giving up three runs in the bottom of the eighth.