Chicago White Sox: Where does Nicky Delmonico fit in with the rebuild?

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The Chicago White Sox have recently promoted utility player Nicky Delmonico. Given his early success in the majors, how does he fit in with the rebuild?

Nicky Delmonico has had a rocky career, but recently, everything has fallen into place for the 25-year-old utility man. Primarily playing third base for the Charlotte Knights, Delmonico earned his call up to the Chicago White Sox with stellar defensive play and a good bat. Delmonico has been playing a lot of outfield with the White Sox in his short major league career and has been doing a really nice job.

We all know the talent the White Sox have throughout their minor league system. Rick Hahn has done an amazing job of rebuilding from the ground up. I don’t think that anyone expected Delmonico to be making an impact at the major league level before some of the high profile prospects. However, Delmonico is living proof that if you want something bad enough and work hard enough, you can achieve your goals and dreams.

After being drafted by the Orioles and was later traded to the Brewers, where Delmonico tested positive for amphetamines. After his positive test, he was suspended for 50 games and pretty much gave up on baseball. The Brewers released him upon his request and in comes the Chicago White Sox. The Sox decided to give the youngster another shot and he has worked his way up the entire minor league system.

It’s not going to be easy for Delmonico to be an everyday player with all the talent that could be coming to the majors. However, anything can happen in the world of sports. Nothing is promised just because you are a top prospect.

I could see Delmonico being one of those key utility bench players that every team needs for long playoff runs. He’s going to have to work his butt off for it but I think he has the right mind set and he is already having good success, hitting .368/.429/.579 in 21 career plate appearances.

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Yes, it’s an extremely small sample size but it is what it is. Delmonico is making solid contact and seeing the ball well. On top of that, he provides impressive defensive versatility. Last time I checked, that’s a recipe for success.