Alexei Ramirez’s slump has hurt the White Sox two-fold.
White Sox manager Robin Ventura wants the shortstop to at least pick it up on the defensive end if he continues to struggle at the plate.
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Ramirez entered Friday with a .226/.246/.301 slash line with two homers and 24 RBIs in 252 plate appearances. But the 2014 Gold Glove finalist has also been off in the field, where he ranks 25th of 27 among shortstops in Defensive Runs Saved with minus-7.
“You go through points and everybody goes through points where it might not be as good as you’ve seen it before,” Ventura said. “But offensively we’ve all seen Alexei offensively, when it’s not going right it seems to slip at points out there and you have to be able to play different sides of the ball and make them separate. No matter what you’re doing offensively, look at (Carlos Sanchez). As much as he’s scuffling offensively it doesn’t go out on the field and affect that. You have to be able to separate those things. Emotionally sometimes you can’t.”
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.