KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Micah Johnson could be back with the White Sox by Tuesday, which means Robin Ventura must find playing time for three rookie infielders.
But the White Sox manager intends to get Johnson, Tyler Saladino and Carlos Sanchez all on the field a fair amount over the season’s final month.
Since he was sent back to Triple-A Charlotte in mid-May, Johnson has hit .311/.370/.466 with 27 extra-base hits, including eight homers, and 27 stolen bases in 34 tries. The Knights’ season ends Monday.
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“We are going to find ways to get guys in there and rotate them around and see guys at different spots,” Ventura said. “There might be a spot for Carlos to play some third base and move him around and see how that goes, but for the most part it’s probably just going to be Carlos and Micah at second.”
The White Sox didn’t have any issues with how Johnson hit when he began the season in the majors as he had a .270/.333/.297 slash line in 83 plate appearances. But the club wanted Johnson to focus on his defense at second base in the minors and reports have been positive. Ventura wonders if the extra seasoning Johnson received willshow in his second stint.
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“You just let him play and you are going to see with your own eyes of what it is, how it plays up here,” Ventura said. “I think that’s all you can do is just let him go out there and play."
“I think that’s part of some of the times we get guys and they might be a year too early or a little bit early. They might be ahead in some other areas. I know offensively he was ahead. You catch back up with this and we are going to see what it is.”
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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.