Originally posted on Sports Mockery  |  Last updated 3/5/14
Chicago White Sox Baseball — Conor Gillaspie has been a name most White Sox fans have seen on the roster, but not one that they have given much thought to. Gillaspie could find himself as the starting third baseman for Chicago come Opening Day if he focuses on what got him here. Conor had a pretty tough year in 2013 and is probably most known for his three error game, or his defensive struggles as a whole. He realizes that he doesn’t have many options (literally) in terms of making the team this spring, so he will look to focus on his defense and let the batting take care of itself. Gillaspie Has Talent Last season was essentially his first full MLB season, something most people probably didn’t realize. It is easy to look at the 2013 numbers and think “man this guy sucks.” Gillaspie was a highly toted prospect who was MVP and batting champion of the Cape Cod Baseball League in 2007. He also made a pretty good first impression in the bigs with an inside the park home run (see video above), which just so happened to be his first of his career. After spending some time through the San Francisco Giants minor league system, he has never really gotten the chance to prove himself as a MLB player, mainly because of his defensive questions. He hit a solid career .290 in Triple A in 2011 and 2012, and provides a steady plate presence along with some decent power. His versatility and left handed bat are also a nice commodity to have, especially given the lack of depth the White Sox will carry heading into 2014.The White Sox seem to be all about second chances this year and the fact that the hot corner competition is up for grabs, might just give a little more incentive for Gillaspie to go back to his style and help forget last year. Early Spring Training obviously can’t tell how a player is going to perform but the fact Gillaspie has homered already, at least should help boost his confidence in the right direction. He isn’t the White Sox long term answer at third base, but Conor can definitely hold down the position with more dazzle than the veteran Jeff Keppinger. That is until the future begins… Matt Davidson is “The Guy” There is no doubt that Matt Davidson will be the guy in the future and hopefully even as soon as this year. While that is what we all want, only the White Sox ultimately know if he will be ready out of the gate. Enter Gillaspie, who seems to bring a lot more to the table than the veteran Keppinger. With all the Matt Davidson excitement it is quick to disregard Conor Gillaspie as a player that could make an impact in 2014. The last thing Sox fans want is Davidson starting the year at third and struggling mightily only to be sent down. It would be wise to have him come when he is “ready” and for good. In the instance that Davidson isn’t ready come March 31st, Sox fans would probably rather see an option at third that can generate some excitement. If Gillaspie does start the year atop the depth chart, he could settle in nicely giving Matt plenty of time to continue to develop in Charlotte. Survey Says Conor Gillaspie provides a left handed bat and if he can look past 2013 like most White Sox players need to do, he might just be a nice surprise for fans in 2014. Not saying Gillaspie is going to be a star but he certainly can do a solid job holding the position down. With Marcus Semien also an option, this third base battle will be one of the better things to watch in the next few weeks. Gillaspie finds himself out of options so the chance he doesn’t make the cut with the Sox, he probably won’t have a hard time finding a new team (assuming he would be claimed on waivers), plenty could use a left handed utility infielder. That is where the question comes in, especially worst case scenario in the event Davidson doesn’t make the cut. Would you rather be stuck with Keppinger (if healthy) as the starting third baseman with Semien backing him up come Opening Day? Hopefully Matt Davidson kills it this spring and runs away with the starting gig. If not, then third base will most likely be Keppinger and Gillaspie in either order (not that again). It’s very easy to look past Gillaspie and crown Davidson the starter, which is indeed the best case scenario. Gillaspie could be the infield depth the Sox need, someone who frankly could turn out to be much more than just a utility guy if given the chance… The White Sox roster is young and full of excitement, Gillaspie seems to fit that mold more than Keppinger. It would at least be nice to see someone that could provide better than average stats for Chicago and not just be a player to fill a hole until your prospects are ready. ___________ Photo: Chicago CBS Author informationAdam BernardFeatured Columnist at Sports MockeryTwitterFacebookGoogle+The post Don’t Sleep On Conor Gillaspie appeared first on Sports Mockery.
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