Shed a tear for Tres Garcias.
The baseball oddity of a three-Garcia outfield no longer exists on the South Side after the White Sox made another round of roster cuts at spring training that included the release of Willy Garcia.
Garcia, who teamed with Avisail Garcia and Leury Garcia to form baseball's first outfield where all three players had the same last name last season, played in 44 big league games for the White Sox in 2017, slashing .238/.305/.400 with 15 runs scored and 12 driven in in 119 plate appearances. He also notably crashed into Yoan Moncada in shallow right field and suffered a broken jaw.
There didn't appear to be much of a place for him in the 2018 outfield, with Avisail Garcia and Nicky Delmonico seemingly locked in on the corners and Adam Engel, Ryan Cordell and Leury Garcia battling for the starting center fielder's job (a battle in which Cordell has made some noise this spring).
In addition to releasing Garcia, the White Sox took Jace Fry out of the bullpen mix, optioning him to Triple-A Charlotte. Five players were sent to minor league camp, including highly ranked pitching prospect Alec Hansen, who struck out Joey Votto earlier in spring training.
The White Sox still have 53 players in big league camp, a number that will get down to 25 with a little less than three weeks until the season opener in Kansas City.
Charlie Tilson is finally back in the major leagues. And this time, he’s hoping he can stick around for more than one game.
Tilson, currently ranked as the White Sox No. 15 prospect, was brought up from Triple-A Charlotte on Thursday, joining the active roster after the team placed Leury Garcia on the 10-day disabled list with a left knee sprain.
Tilson, a Wilmette native and New Trier High School product, came over to the White Sox from the St. Louis Cardinals in a midseason trade in 2016 and got a hit in his first big league at-bat. But in the same game, he suffered a season-ending hamstring injury while trying to make a diving catch in the outfield. The following spring, he suffered another serious injury, a stress fracture in his foot, and was forced to sit out the entire season.
He missed out on an Opening Day roster spot this year when Adam Engel outperformed him during spring training. But the White Sox hope Tilson will be able to provide some production in an outfield that has struggled in that department this season. Engel, even after a four-hit night on Wednesday, is batting just .212. Trayce Thompson is hitting well under .200. And Avisail Garcia and Nicky Delmonico are dealing with their own significant injuries as Leury Garcia joins them on the DL.
Tilson batted .248 in 39 games at Charlotte this season prior to Thursday’s call-up. He had three hits in Wednesday night’s loss.
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