After Triple-A Charlotte’s season came to a disappointing end yesterday, the White Sox are finally announcing their Septemeber call-ups. Carson Fulmer and Manny Banuelos were reinstated from their rehab assignments on Sunday, and now a few more names are trickling onto the big league roster.
Zack Collins will return for his second stint with Chicago this season. He recorded just two hits in 26 at-bats his first time around. Since being sent back down to Charlotte in mid-July, he improved his numbers at the plate and played some first base in addition to catching.
Homegrown infielder Danny Mendick will get his first shot with the White Sox. The 25-year-old slashed .279/.368/.444 with 17 home runs, 26 doubles, and 64 RBIs in 133 games for the Knights this season. With the White Sox already knowing what they have in Yolmer Sanchez and Ryan Goins already getting an extended look at the major league level, many fans have been clamoring for Mendick’s turn to see what he can bring to the table.
Outfielder Daniel Palka took White Sox nation by storm last season when he hit 27 home runs during his rookie campaign. He struggled mightily in his two brief stints with the big league club this season, recording just one hit in 45 at-bats. Palka slashed .263/.374/.527 with 27 home runs, 23 doubles, and 72 RBIs in 106 games at Charlotte this season.
A familiar name returns to the pitching staff in Dylan Covey. He has posted a 1-7 record with a 6.88 ERA and 6.11 FIP over 16 games with the White Sox this season. Down in Charlotte, he went 2-1 with a 2.82 ERA in 13 appearances.
There will be one more call-up tomorrow when right-handed pitcher Jose Ruiz is eligible to return from his prior option.
Ruiz has posted a 5.24 ERA and 5.26 FIP over 34.1 innings in 35 games for the White Sox this season. In Charlotte, he posted a 1.26 ERA over 14 innings in 11 games during the 2019 campaign.
Unfortunately, that’s it for now. Rick Renteria wasn’t lying when he said “not many” when asked about expected September call-ups before yesterday’s game.
While it will be interesting to see what Danny Mendick has to offer, Zack Collins’s adjustments at the plate, and some potential power from Daniel Palka, the more highly-touted and intriguing prospects won’t be in the mix for the 2019 White Sox. No Luis Robert, no Nick Madrigal, not even Yermin Mercedes. The organization will have a myriad of reasons for why they’re not extending these guys’ seasons, but it would have been nice to see them up in the show to get their feet wet and give White Sox fans a bit of excitement amidst this rough seven-game losing streak.
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