Is Jose Rondon emerging as a sleeper for the White Sox?


Jose Rondon isn't making any prospect lists or even many future lineup projections for the White Sox, but the 24-year-old is showing some ability this season.

Rondon was acquired for cash considerations in the offseason after the Padres designated him for assignment. He made his MLB debut in 2016 with the Padres, going 3-for-25 in eight games, but has gotten more of an opportunity with the White Sox this year.

The infielder has been up and down between Triple-A and the majors this season. He has shown something in his game that wasn't really there before: power. Rondon had six home runs in 2016 and seven in 2017, but erupted with 18 home runs with Triple-A Charlotte in 80 games. That power has continued, in limited games, with the White Sox.

Rondon's homer on Wednesday was his fifth in 33 games. He is hitting .256/.318/.513. Rondon isn't much of a contact hitter and doesn't draw a ton of walks, but his ability to play multiple positions on the infield and hit for power could make him a valuable piece going forward. He likely won't supplant Tim Anderson, Yoan Moncada or even Nick Madrigal down the road, but could earn a utility infield role.

His 23 combined home runs between the minors and majors place him second in the organization. Only Daniel Palka, who has 25 between Charlotte and the majors, is ahead of Rondon.

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