The Chicago White Sox have made another roster move to help their minor league system. On November 13th, they signed utility infielder Steve Tolleson and provided him with a Spring Training invite.
Tolleson has spent most of his career in the minor leagues. In eight seasons in the minor leagues for multiple teams Tolleson has hit .282 and has driven in 302 runs. Tolleson isn’t much of a power hitter as evidenced by his 52 home runs in the eight years in the minors.
Tolleson is more of an offensive player than defensive. In eight seasons at second base he has a career .966 fielding percentage. At shortstop he has a fielding percentage of .937 and at third base his percentage is .920.
Tolleson has only seen time in the MLB in 2010 with the Oakland Athletics and in 2012 with the Baltimore Orioles. Let’s take a look at his numbers from 2012 with the Orioles since he saw more at bats then with the A’s: Tolleson only played in 29 games with the Orioles and batted .183 and drove in six runs. Not impressive but he was only up for a cup of coffee.
Tolleson is a valued utility player. The Orioles tried to resign him but instead he opted for free agency where the White Sox signed him. Since he can play so many positions, he provides value for the White Sox both in the MLB and in the minors level.
With the Spring Training invitation it gives the White Sox a chance to really see how Tolleson does. He has a chance to make the official roster since he is such a utility player, which is what the White Sox need. Since he plays second base and shortstop his presence would mean that Gordon Beckham and Alexi Ramirez would get more days off. Something they didn’t really have in 2012.
If he doesn’t make the roster he would be valuable with the Charlotte Knights. It never hurts to have an extra utility player in the minors.
Rick Hahn’s moves strengthen the minor league system, as one can tell with the signing of Tolleson and trading for Blake Tekotte on November 7th. I don’t have a problem with what Hahn is doing since it seems he is serious about helping the minor league system.
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