As the Chicago White Sox fall further and further into the basement of the AL Central, 2013 is becoming a massive headache for fans on the South Side. What was once thought to be an exciting and eventful season has quickly turned into what could be one of the worst years in White Sox history.
And while it’s starting to feel as if there is no end in sight for the current Pale Hose team, one middle infielder is proving that the Sox’ future could be a little brighter.
After posting a line of .290/.420/.483 and driving in 49 RBIs in 105 games at double-A Birmingham, Marcus Semien was promoted to Triple-A Charlotte this Thursday. In two games played at Charlotte, Semien is 3-for-10 with two runs scored.
What’s most impressive of the 22-year-old infielder is his plate discipline. Most young hitters tend to strikeout at an alarming rate and struggle to walk on a consistent basis. Semien, however, has flipped the script in 2013. In 403 at-bats this year, he has 84 base-on balls compared to just 67 strikeouts.
Playing 49 games at shortstop, 41 games at second and 17 at third this season, the 2011 sixth-round draft pick also provides Chicago with some flexibility. He figures to spend most of his time at short in Charlotte, but with the lack of production from the White Sox’ current options at third base, Semien’s quickest path to the majors could involve a switch to the hot corner.
Although his position on the diamond could change depending on Chicago’s future needs, one thing is for sure — as long as Semien continues to reach base and have productive at-bats, the Sox will be forced to find a spot for him.