After modest results in his first big league audition in 2015, Tyler Saladino was in the thick of the race for the starting shortstop job out of spring training. The White Sox ended up handing the job to veteran Jimmy Rollins out of the gate, but Saladino stayed on the major league roster as a super utility player and performed capably. With a good number of starts intermingled with appearances off the bench, the 27-year-old delivered a 93 wRC+ in 93 games. He continued to struggle with his approach, as he posted a walk rate below 5.0 percent for the second season in a row. His playing time down the stretch began to dwindle due to injuries, and his season ended up being cut short by a couple weeks due to a back issue. Saladino's showing was likely good enough to give him a similar utility role on the 2017 squad, although his long-term upside is limited, as Tim Anderson and Yoan Moncada are the White Sox's clear double-play tandem of the future.
Saladino is hitting .364 with three home runs this spring. He's projected to start at second base with Yoan Moncada sent to Triple-A. Saladino has had an impressive spring with a 1.122 OPS in 44 at-bats, but his status as the starter at second base may not last long. Moncada is Chicago's top prospect and could be recalled early in the season.
Saladino went 2-for-3 and was caught stealing in Saturday's game against the Rangers. Saladino, the utility infielder who started at shortstop Saturday, is now hitting a robust .429 in 21 spring at-bats. The release of Brett Lawrie earlier in camp created a job battle at second base, with Saladino clearly edging out his competitors, though he's likely just holding the spot until Yoan Moncada takes over sometime during the regular season.
Saladino went 1-for-2 with a walk and a two-run home run in Wednesday's game against the Brewers. The 27-year-old Saladino, who is 6-for-16 with two homers and four RBI this spring, is making a case to replace Brett Lawrie as the White Sox's starting second baseman. He's been Chicago's primary utility player the last two seasons, but did a credible job filling in when Lawrie was hurt last season and possesses a better bat than either Leury Garcia or Yolmer Sanchez.
Saladino went 1-for-3 with a home run in Sunday's game against Arizona. Once the White Sox released Brett Lawrie, a free-for-all opened up to succeed him as the starting second baseman. Saladino is part of a group that includes Yolmer Sanchez, Leury Garcia and even Matt Davidson, White Sox general manager Rick Hahn told Scott Merkin of MLB.com. Long-term, this job belongs to top prospect Yoan Moncada, so whoever wins the job out of spring training will probably only have a shelf life of three or four months, if that.
Saladino started at third base and went 1-for-2 in Monday's game against the Cubs. Saladino has played three spring games thus far and has started at second base, shortstop and now third base. It doesn't take great insight to see White Sox manager Rick Renteria is getting him ready for a super-utility role in 2017. During the 2016 season, Saladino played every position in the field except catcher. In theory, he's in the mix with Brett Lawrie, Yolmer Sanchez and Leury Garcia for the starting job at second base, but Saladino's main asset is position versatility.