Nicky Delmonico will spend a significant amount of time on the shelf during this “prove it” season.
The outfielder with his own fan club will miss the next four to six weeks after getting hit with a pitch in Friday night’s game and suffering a broken bone in his right hand. He'll go on the disabled list Saturday.
It was bad news and a tough break for a guy who was getting regular playing time to show he can be a part of the rebuilding White Sox long-term plans.
Delmonico’s numbers haven’t been great in 2018, certainly not as good as they were during an impressive 43 games at the end of last season, when he slashed .262/.373/.482 with nine homers. So far in 2018, he’s slashing .224/.333/.302 with one homer in 37 games.
The White Sox outfield of the future could be a crowded one considering the hot starts this season by minor leaguers like Eloy Jimenez, Micker Adolfo, Luis Alexander Basabe and Blake Rutherford. Luis Robert, the team’s No. 3 prospect, hasn’t played a game yet as he recovers from his own injury to a digit.
Does Delmonico have a spot among that group? That depends greatly on his performance, and he won’t be able to show anything while he’s on the disabled list.
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.
We asked you to ask us anything about the White Sox and you delivered in a big way. We got so many questions, we had to do two different podcasts! Among the questions here in Part 1: should the White Sox send Yoan Moncada to Triple-A? What players will be traded before the deadline? Who are some sleeper prospects in the minors? Will Jordan Stephens be called up before Michael Kopech? Should Juan Uribe be a team ambassador? What's our all-time White Sox team from 2000 to the present and many more.
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