Connor Gillaspie hasn’t wasted any time in making a good impression with the White Sox. The third baseman went 2-for-3 with a triple and drove in four runs in a 14-8 White Sox victory over the Texas Rangers at Surprise Stadium.
Gillaspie, who was acquired in a trade from the San Francisco Giants on Friday, inside-outed a singled past third base in his second at-bat and pulled a triple into the right field corner his next time at the plate. He also flew out to deep right field in a second-inning at-bat against Texas starter Yu Darvish.
“The ball I hit to left was kind of lucky honestly,” Gillaspie said. “The more you can put the barrel on the ball, regardless of whether you get hits, that’s what you have to shoot for the first few weeks of spring training because it’s pretty tough to even hit the ball at this point.”
White Sox manager Robin Ventura has plans to get Gillaspie as many plate appearances as possible because he didn’t get many in camp with the Giants. Ventura said he likes how his team now has a solid competition on its hands between Gillapsie and Brent Morel, who are vying for a spot to back up free-agent signee Jeff Keppinger.
“It’s catching him back up,” Ventura said. “It’s a good short swing. He’s got a little pop too. … I think the perception before was that we didn’t really have anybody for that spot. But I’m pleased with what we got going right now with that and how they compete for it.”
Gillaspie drives in four
CSN Chicago | Feb 27