White Sox fans have been rough on GM Rick Hahn all season for not making many moves this past winter. It also hasn’t helped that the club has not gotten off to a very good start in 2013.
But one of his real solid moves this past offseason was when he acquired Conor Gillaspie from the San Francisco Giants for minor league pitcher Jeff Soptic.
It was one of those quiet solid moves that not many people even noticed when the trade happened.
Outside of a recent respiratory infection, all Gillaspie has done is play solid baseball whenever he has been called upon. It’s really hard to imagine where this White Sox team would be without Gillaspie’s contributions. He has been their most consistent player so far in 2013.
Defense has always been the biggest question mark on Gillaspie, dating back all the way to his days at Wichita State. But so far compared to his teammates, his defense has been surprisingly good.
Asked about his improved defense this year at third Gillaspie had this to say: “I’m never satisfied in this game. “That’s just how I am. I just want to keep learning, keep making strides and get the most out of myself, whatever that is.”
Gillaspie’s bat is what will keep the 25-year-old rookie in the big leagues as he is hitting .283 going into Thursday night’s game.
Nobody knows for sure whether Gillaspie can keep up the current pace, but he has given Manager Robin Ventura something to think about for the rest of the season.