On Friday, the Chicago White Sox sent a cryptic tweet, hinting at a move that will have large implications on the team’s future. They have likely made the call to Triple-A Charlotte to call up a certain player. As a result, the White Sox will be promoting infielder and former first round pick Jake Burger.
With an impressive .322 batting average, 10 home runs, and 36 RBI’s in Triple-A this season, Burger has absolutely earned the promotion. It was also announced earlier this week that Burger will participate in the Futures Game during All-Star weekend.
While many thought it was only a matter of time until the 25-year-old made it to the show, this is a move of necessity. Starting third baseman Yoan Moncada suffered a hand injury against the Minnesota Twins on Thursday. Per reports, the injury will likely keep him out over the weekend.
Burger is a third baseman by trade, making the move to replace Moncada completely justified. After the injury in Thursday’s game, Andrew Vaughn stepped in to play third. As many know, Vaughn is not at all a third baseman, so reinforcements are necessary.
An interesting wrinkle to the Burger promotion is the fact he’s taken reps at second base down in Triple-A. It’s possible the team sees him as a player they’ll keep up the rest of the season. Burger provides reinforcements to replace the injured Nick Madrigal.
Whether or not the move will be permanent has yet to be seen. However, if Gavin Sheets is any indication of the team’s plans, the future might be now for the White Sox.