The White Sox have acquired minor league infielder Kean Wong from the Mariners. Mike Curto, broadcaster for Seattle’s Triple-A affiliate with Tacoma, tweeted the news. He’ll presumably join the Sox’s top minor league team in Charlotte. Wong had not been on the 40-man roster, so he’ll add some non-roster upper level depth for the White Sox.
Wong signed a minor league deal with the Mariners over the offseason, joining his older brother in the organization. Kolten Wong has struggled at the big league level, but Kean Wong has had a nice showing in Triple-A. He appeared in 33 games for Tacoma, hitting .315/.422/.500 with four home runs in 109 trips to the plate. The lefty swinger has walked in a stellar 14.7% of his plate appearances while keeping his strikeout rate to a modest 17.4% clip.
That’s quite a bit better than the 28-year-old’s minor league work last season. Wong spent 2022 in the Angels’ system, posting a .262/.342/.332 line with a 10.8% walk percentage and 22.1% strikeout rate over 128 Triple-A contests. He hasn’t appeared in the majors since 2021, when he suited up a career-high 32 times for the Halos. Wong has 39 MLB games overall, hitting .167/.188/.218 in that limited look.
Like his brother, Kean Wong is primarily a second baseman. Seattle has gotten strong work out of José Caballero at the keystone. The rookie has a .245/.397/.367 showing over his first 45 big league contests, enough to leapfrog Kolten Wong and Dylan Moore on the depth chart.
The White Sox have gotten nothing from the second base position. Elvis Andrus, Romy González, Lenyn Sosa and the since-released Hanser Alberto have combined for a league-worst .167/.212/.278 showing there. An injury to third baseman Yoán Moncada led Chicago to promote utilityman Zach Remillard this afternoon. The Wong acquisition allows them to backfill some Triple-A infield depth.
Wong will be joined in Charlotte by veteran outfielder Billy Hamilton. The White Sox outrighted Hamilton off the 40-man roster yesterday. Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times relays (on Twitter) that Hamilton accepted the assignment instead of testing minor league free agency. The speedster has a .158/.294/.228 line in 69 trips to the plate for the Knights this season. He appeared in three MLB games with the ChiSox as a pinch-runner last month.