J.B. Shuck spent the 2016 campaign split between Triple-A Charlotte and the White Sox, although he definitely saw more success in the minors. While at Triple-A, the outfielder batted .299 with a stellar 7.6 percent strikeout percentage and 92 percent contact rate. This was a stark contrast from his numbers on the South Side, as he could only muster a .205/.248/.299 slash line in 224 at-bats with Chicago. Due to this weak showing, the 29-year-old was subsequently designated for assignment following the conclusion of the season. Shuck has some qualities to call home about, like his historically outstanding contact rate and his ability to play all three outfield positions, but his modest hitting abilities at the major league level may make it difficult to maintain a full-time spot with his new club, the Twins, who have more promising options in the outfield. Until he can bring his bat up to par with other big league-caliber players, he likely will command little to no value in the realm of fantasy baseball.
Shuck was reassigned to minor league camp on Thursday, LaVelle E. Neal of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Shuck owned just a .291 on-base percentage over 49 at-bats this spring, so at this point the Twins would prefer to get their young outfield extended at-bats before turning to the 29-year-old. Eddie Rosario, Byron Buxton and Max Kepler will be the projected starters, while Robbie Grossman and Danny Santana will be potential bench options, if one of them is not serving as the DH.
Shuck signed a minor league deal with the Twins on Saturday that includes an invitation to spring training, MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger reports. The 29-year-old outfielder was a minus-1.7 fWAR player in 81 games with the White Sox last season, so he should not be expected to see much time in the majors. Look for him to serve as organizational left-handed hitting depth in 2017.
Shuck was outrighted to Triple-A Charlotte on Thursday. Shuck could only muster a .205 batting average in 81 games with the south siders, and with more viable options at each outfield spot, the White Sox saw no need to keep him on the 40-man roster. He'll go on to act as organizational outfield depth.
Shuck is out of the lineup Sunday against the Mariners, Paul Skrbina of the Chicago Tribune. It's the second game in a row that he's been limited to bench duties. With the White Sox committing earlier last week to give Avisail Garcia an everyday role in the field, Shuck's at-bats figure to fall by the wayside over the final month-plus of the season. While Shuck's glove has earned him plenty of starts over the course of the campaign, he's been anemic at the plate, slashing .214/.256/.314 across 225 plate appearances and contributing four homers, two steals, 14 RBI and 21 runs.
Shuck was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte on Wednesday. Just two days after being optioned, Shuck will return to the White Sox, replacing Charlie Tilson, who has been placed on the DL with a left hamstring strain. Shuck is hitting just .218 in the majors this season and is 3-for-his-last-39 at the plate.