When the White Sox optioned Gavin Sheets to Charlotte, I’d hoped that Adam Haseley would’ve taken his place. Because Sheets set such a low bar for worthiness of left-handed at-bats, Haseley stood a chance of clearing it while providing the ability to actually play across the outfield as well, rather than standing in a corner.
Instead, the White Sox recalled Jimmy Lambert, who threw 2⅓ scoreless innings in high-leverage. Then the Sox called up Tanner Banks, who threw two scoreless innings in high leverage. Apparently, the overtaxed bullpen has taken precedent.
But Haseley keeps hitting. Since the Sox demoted in late April, he’s hitting .295/.361/.561, including his eighth homer on Sunday. He’s also drawn 14 walks over 155 plate appearances while stealing 11 bases in 11 opportunities.
It’s been a few years since Haseley has played this well at any level, and it’s weird that the Sox have managed to hold off on capitalizing on one of the few moves that sought to create upside where there was none in the position-player ranks. Perhaps he’ll get a look when the bullpen emergency abates, although increased offense from left-handed bats is another way to go about solving it.
- Adam Haseley went 2-for-5 with a homer.
- Gavin Sheets, was 0-for-5 with a K in his return to Triple-A.
- Romy González, 1-for-4 with a double and a strikeout.
- Yolbert Sánchez was 0-for-4.
Birmingham 7, Pensacola 6 (12 innings)
- José Rodríguez went 0-for-6 with a strikeout.
- Lenyn Sosa, 2-for-4 with his 13th homer.
- Yoelqui Céspedes went 1-for-6 with a strikeout.
- Jason Bilous with his best start in a while: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 1 HR
- Oscar Colás went 1-for-3 with two walks and a strikeout.
- Bryan Ramos, 1-for-3 witih a double and two walks.
- Luis Mieses was 2-for-4 with a double and a walk.
- Harvin Mendoza was 1-for-4 with a double, a walk and two strikeouts.
- Adam Hackenberg struck out in a pinch-hitting appearance.
- James Beard went 1-for-5 with two strikeouts.
- Wes Kath, 2-for-5 with a double and a strikeout.
- Colson Montgomery was 0-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout.
- DJ Gladney went 2-for-5 with a stolen base.
- Wilfred Veras, 2-for-4 with a homer and a strikeout.