The White House calls prospects infield Jake Burger for his big-league debut Friday, tweets James Fegan of Athletic. MLB.com’s Scott Merkin suggested Thursday night (via Twitter) that Burger was likely to be with the club in Detroit this weekend, and the White Sox themselves have as well he tweeted a not-so-subtle indication that Burger is receiving the call – even though they have also made a formal announcement and revealed the corresponding list moves.
It is the culmination of a remarkable journey for the first rounder 2017, which has twice torn its Achilles tendon and endured grueling rehabilitations for months. Burger hasn’t played in a single minor league game since 2018-19 (or in 2020, for obvious reasons). Making the jump from Class-A to Triple-A after a three-year layoff from competitive games is impressive in itself, but Burger has done so much more than just make that leap – it’s absolutely ripping off Triple-A pitching. In 185 plate appearances over 42 games, the No. 11 senior has overall picked a .322 / .368 / .596 clip, swatting 10 homers, 15 doubles and a triple along the way.
Burger turned 25 recently, so despite the many obstacles to the injury he has had to clear in his journey to this point, his age aligns well with the rest of an increasingly impressive heart of young stars of the White Middle Ages. He played mostly third base in the minor leagues, but the Sox started to get some insights on second base when Nick Madrigal he fell with a tear in his muscles ending the season. For now, though, Burger might find an eye on his primary position on the hot side, as well. Yoan Moncada he sustained a hand injury on a slide at third base Thursday
Burger’s initial performance could be crucial for White Doctors. While they are comfortably at the helm of the Central American League, they have always discussed a center-back trade around the infielder D-backs Eduardo Escobar. While those speeches apparently they have slowed down as other teams jump to Escobar’s offer, Burger’s performance could dampen Chicago’s interest.
If Burger gets into a rage and Moncada returns full health sooner rather than later, the Sox could let Burger run with the second base role and give up a full infield upgrade. Conversely, if Burger seems excessive, the Sox might be more interested in pursuing a short-term upgrade in a clear position of necessity over a win-now club – either Escobar or another trade candidate.