Let’s say the White Sox fall flat again this season, and GM Kenny Williams gets a nice trade offer for shortstop Alexei Ramirez.
Or, let’s say second baseman Gordon Beckham keeps swinging and missing, forcing Williams to look for a better alternative.
Tyler Saladino gives the Sox a viable option in either scenario.
A seventh-round draft pick out of Oral Roberts in 2010, Saladino has been impressive with the bat in each of his first two minor-league seasons.
Saladino hit a combined .305 with Advanced Rookie Bristol and low Class A Kannapolis after coming out of college.
Last year, he batted .270 with 16 home runs and 55 RBI in 102 games at high A Winston-Salem, forcing the White Sox to take notice.
Saladino followed up with a solid showing in the Arizona Fall League, batting .286 for the Mesa Solar Sox.
A natural shortstop, Saladino didn’t play great at Winston-Salem, making 23 errors.
Beckham started as a shortstop coming out of college before moving to third base and finally second. Saladino could make a similar switch.
He figures to open the upcoming season at Class AA Birmingham. If Saladino keeps swinging the bat, he should continue climbing the ladder.