Former White Sox outfielder/designated hitter Nicky Delmonico has rejoined the organization — but not as a player. The ChiSox announced this morning that the 29-year-old Delmonico will be the new hitting coach for their Class-A Advanced affiliate. Delmonico hadn’t made a formal announcement of his retirement, but it seems as though at least for now, he’s moving to another phase of the game.
A sixth-round pick by the Orioles back in 2011, Delmonico was traded to the Brewers in a 2013 swap that sent Francisco Rodriguez to Baltimore. After that K-Rod trade, Delmonico spent a couple seasons in the Brewers organization but never advanced beyond Class-A Advanced before being cut loose. He latched on as a minor league free agent with the White Sox the following offseason and righted the ship with solid showings at Double-A and Triple-A in 2015-16.
By 2017, Delmonico had been called up for his big league debut, turning some heads with a .262/.373/.482 showing through 166 plate appearances as a 25-year-old rookie. He’d spend parts of the next three seasons with the South Siders but was never able to recapture that rookie form. On the whole, Delmonico logged 574 plate appearances in the Majors and batted .224/.312/.384 with 18 home runs, 17 doubles and five triples. Delmonico was a better hitter in the upper minors, slashing .274/.342/.487 in parts of three Double-A seasons and .259/.342/.421 in parts of five Triple-A seasons.
Delmonico is the latest recent big leaguer to join the ChiSox’ minor league coaching ranks. The Sox hired Danny Farquhar as their Class-A Advanced pitching coach for the 2021 season and named former big league corner infielder Chris Johnson their Triple-A hitting coach in Dec. 2020. Former ChiSox infielder Chris Getz, meanwhile, heads up the team’s player development department and was elevated to assistant GM a year ago.