Mercedes, 28, was a big hit in baseball when he started the season 8v8 and generally decimated big league pitchers in the first six weeks of the season. Mercedes beat 0.368 0.417 / 0.571 in the first 38 games of the season, producing at a Herculean level even as the league’s hitters struggled so much that the MLB finally began cracking down on foreign substance use by launchers.
In its next 31 games, however, Mercedes saw its offensive production completely evaporate. The end point here, admittedly, is rather arbitrary, but Mercedes only hit 0.150 / 0.220 / 0.196 in their last 118 plate appearances. Naturally, the Sox have started cutting back on his playing time, and he’s now headed to Charlotte, where the team are hoping he can get some sort of reset to get back to the form he displayed at the start of the campaign. 2021.
11h00 White Sox call infield prospect Jake Burger for his debut in the big leagues today, tweets James Fegan of Athletic. Scott Merkin of MLB.com suggested last night (via Twitter) that Burger was likely to be with the club in Detroit this weekend, and the White Sox themselves have even tweeted a not-so-subtle indication that Burger is getting the call – although they have yet to make a formal announcement and reveal the corresponding list moves.
It is the culmination of a remarkable run for the first round of 2017, which tore the Achilles tendon twice and endured grueling rehabilitations lasting several months. Burger hasn’t played in a single minor league game in 2018-19 (or 2020, for obvious reasons). Making the jump from Class-A to Triple-A after a three-year layoff in competitive games is impressive in itself, but Burger has done a lot more than just take that jump – he’s absolutely torn throwing the Triple-. AT. In 185 home plate appearances in 42 games, the former No. 11 overall pick crashed to 0.322 / 0.368 / 0.596, crushing 10 home runs, 15 doubles and a triple along the way.
Burger was only 25 recently, so despite the considerable injuries he has had to overcome in his journey so far, his age lines up well with the rest of an increasingly impressive core of young stars of the White Sox. He played mostly third base in the minor leagues, but the Sox started giving him some second baseline glimpses when Nick Madrigal came down with a late season hamstring tear. For now, however, Burger might take a look at his prime position in the hot turn, as Yoan Moncada suffered a hand injury in a slip at third base yesterday.
Burger’s early performance could be crucial for the White Sox. While they are comfortably in command of the Central American League, they would still have discussed a trade centered on the D-backs infielder. Eduardo Escobar. While those talks have apparently slowed down as other teams embark on Escobar’s bid, Burger’s performance could potentially dampen Chicago’s interest.
If Burger gets a hot start and Moncada comes back healthy sooner rather than later, the Sox might just let Burger run on the second base role and forgo a field upgrade entirely. Conversely, if Burger appears to be outclassed, the Sox might be more interested in a short-term upgrade to a clear position of need on a winning club – be it Escobar or another contender. commercial.