The White Sox will select the contract of infielder/outfielder Romy Gonzalez today, filling one of their two extra roster spots under September expansion rules, per FanSided’s Robert Murray (Twitter link).
It’ll be the first call to the Majors for Gonzalez, an 18th-round pick in 2018 who has turned in an outstanding year this far between Double-A and Triple-A. Gonzalez wasn’t ranked among White Sox farmhands in the offseason, but Baseball America tabbed him as the system’s No. 17 prospect on its midseason re-rankings after a huge start to the year.
The 24-year-old Gonzalez began the 2021 campaign in Double-A and hit .267/.355/.502 with 20 home runs, 11 doubles and 21 stolen bases through 344 plate appearances before a promotion to Triple-A. He’s only improved in Charlotte, hitting at a .344/.382/.750 clip with three homers and four doubles in 34 plate appearances. It’ll prove to be a brief stay with the team’s top minor league affiliate, however, as Gonzalez will now be called to the big leagues after just nine Triple-A contests.
Gonzalez would’ve been eligible for the Rule 5 Draft this offseason anyhow, so it’s not a huge surprise to see the South Siders give him a well-earned look in the Majors for the season’s final month. He’ll give the Sox a right-handed bat with some power, speed and a good bit of defensive versatility. Gonzalez had played primarily in the outfield in 2018-19, but he’s played exclusively in the infield in 2021 — with the bulk of his innings coming at shortstop. He’s now seen time at all four infield spots and in all three outfield slots since being drafted in ’18, giving the Sox plenty of options to rest their regulars down the stretch.
In the short term, Gonzalez’s promotion could give the ChiSox the opportunity to place Tim Anderson on the 10-day injured list or to at least continue resting him. Anderson has been bothered by leg soreness in recent weeks and hasn’t played in any of the team’s past three games.