With Danny Mendick freshly injured, Tim Anderson fresh off the injury list and Leury García looking to tighten his stint in IL, the White Sox face a pressing need for depth on the pitch for their four-game streak against the Baltimore Orioles. this weekend .
According to sources close to the perspective and confirmed by FutureSoxLenyn Sosa will be that inner depth.
Sosa opened the season outside of the White Sox potential top 10 lists, but if the minor league season ended today, it would be hard to keep him out of the top three. He’s hitting .331 / .384 / .549 in 62 games at Birmingham in his 22-year season, and he hasn’t come completely out of nowhere.
Sosa signed for $ 325,000 from Venezuela in 2016 (it will be Marco Paddy’s first traditional signing to appear in the majors when he makes his debut), and has performed respectably on all levels despite being years younger than the competition. In the report I wrote about Sosa in May, I noticed that his numbers were weighed down by that age-to-level adjustment period, as he had to spend multiple months producing to cover uneven April. Sosa faced it twice in 2021, opening a season with his debut in Winston-Salem, then closing it with his first taste of Birmingham.
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Now 22 in ’22, Sosa seemed completely at home in the Southern League. It’s not just that Sosa’s OPS has stayed well above .900 for more than half of the season to date, it’s also how he’s doing it. While Regions Field is not a hitter’s paradise, he has already established a career high in the homers with 14 thanks to a stronger base, and is accompanied by walk and strikeout rates higher than anything he has ever accomplished. at any level.
|Year||Age||level||BA / OBP / SLG||BB%||K%|
|2019||19||A||.252 / .292 / .371||5.0||19.0|
|2021||21||A + / AA||.271 / .300 / .401||3.4||22.2|
|2022||22||aa||.331 / .384 / .549||7.3||13.8|
That better plate discipline separates Sosa from Romy Gonzalez, who had last year’s meteoric rise with the Barons. Gonzalez scored .267 / .355 / .502 in 78 games for Birmingham before a brief stop in Charlotte on the way to Chicago, but hit twice as often as Sosa (28.2%), who made his difficulties in his big league debut predictable.
Sosa may have his problems adjusting to the major league pitch, but that better contact speed in Double A gives him a much better starting position, which is why Sosa is a viable choice for overriding more important inside perspectives.
González has been plagued with various ailments this season and it will be a struggle to avoid a lost year. Yolbert Sánchez has performed well in Birmingham and Charlotte this season, preparing for a Chicago debut sometime in 2022, but since his game is based on quality contact and defense at second base, his scenario best is basically what Josh Harrison already doing.
Sosa offers the potential for a different kind of impact, and because he had been overshadowed by other midfield perspectives, he has amassed a lot of experience away from his natural shortstop position. Sharing a roster with Sánchez and José Rodríguez over the past two seasons meant he had to play a lot of second and third. Among the three positions, Sosa made only four mistakes in 57 games in 2022. He is not an exceptional defender, but he makes the plays that he can make.
Sosa’s time in Chicago may be short-lived, especially if Danny Mendick’s knee bruise is just a bruise, Harrison consolidates his recent earnings, and Yoán Moncada returns from hamstring injury as quickly as the Whites Sox publicly hope. No damage done. The Sox would send Sosa to Charlotte for her first Triple-A experience, and perhaps the brief glances against the MLB launch will make the final minor league pass a little easier.
There is also a scenario where Moncada and Tim Anderson struggle to stay on the pitch, Harrison’s middle contact stops getting results, and Jake Burger’s progress gets stuck. If so, the Sox would need anyone who has the ability to provide targeted MLB-level contact while on the pitch. It’s best to spend your time preparing for that scenario, and despite his relatively short period of being a noteworthy prospect, Sosa is the best guy for that opportunity until he shows otherwise.