The White Sox organization is currently the land of opportunity.
As the South Siders sit in the midst of a rebuild, GM Rick Hahn won't leave any stone unturned as the team looks for potential building blocks for the future.
Similar to taking a chance on Alen Hanson earlier this season, Rymer Liriano became the latest former top prospect who the White Sox hope that a change of scenery will help jumpstart a once promising career as he was called up from Triple-A Charlotte on Saturday.
Liriano's services were needed on the major league roster after the White Sox placed outfielder Leury Garcia on the 10-day DL with a sprained right thumb.
Liriano, who was claimed off waivers by the White Sox from the Milwaukee Brewers last October, has spent the entire 2017 season with the Charlotte Knights. Liriano slashed .256/.323/.416 with 17 home runs, 52 RBI and 67 runs in 123 games with the Knights.
The 26-year-old Liriano, who was MLB.com's No. 60 prospect in 2012 and No. 55 prospect in 2013 as a member of the San Diego Padres organization, has a career minor-league slash line of .274/.346/.432 with 85 home runs, 430 RBI and 197 stolen bases in 861 games.
Garcia, 26, is slashing .270/.316/.423 with a career-high nine home runs and 33 RBI in 87 games with the White Sox this season.
After Saturday's transaction, the White Sox 40-man roster sits at 38.
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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.