Sheets' contract was purchased by the White Sox on Friday. While Sheets appears to be blocked internally at first base by Jose Abreu and Andrew Vaughn, Chicago has a pretty shallow farm system, so it made sense to protect him from the Rule 5 draft. He should get an invite to big-league spring training for the second year in a row before being assigned to Triple-A.
Sheets is batting .200 (4-for-20) with a walk, an RBI and three runs scored over 20 spring at-bats. Prior to 2019, Sheets was on a path to be the White Sox's first baseman after Jose Abreu was out of the picture, but that changed when Chicago made Andrew Vaughn its first-round pick (third overall) in the 2019 draft. The selection of Vaughn, who is near-MLB ready, pushes Sheets further down the organizational depth chart. With that in mind, the White Sox could flip him this season for a needed piece at the trade deadline, if they are in a position to compete for the postseason.
Sheets will join the White Sox's big-league camp this spring, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Sheets is climbing up the minor-league ranks as a highly rated prospect, but he may need a bit more time before he's called upon to make his major-league debut. The White Sox second-round pick in the 2017 draft slashed .267/.345/.414 with 16 home runs and 83 RBI in 464 at-bats for Double-A Birmingham last season.
Sheets (foot) went 0-for-4 with a walk Saturday for High-A Winston-Salem in his return from the 7-day disabled list. Sheets missed a little over a week with the foot injury before rejoining the Winston-Salem lineup. Now healthy, the 22-year-old will aim to tap into more power after posting an underwhelming .365 slugging percentage for Low-A Kannapolis in 2017 and a .372 mark in the Carolina League so far this season.
Sheets was placed on the 7-day disabled list with a left foot strain, James Fegan of The Athletic Chicago reports. Sheets isn't expected to miss a significant amount of time with the injury. He's slashing .263/.372/.381 with two home runs and 23 RBI through 45 games with High-A Winston-Salem.
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