Giants demand waivers of Yermín Mercedes from White Sox, award them to Triple-A – NBC Chicago

Giants claim White Sox waiver Mercedes slugger originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

SAN FRANCISCO — For a brief moment at the start of the 2021 season, Yermín Mercedes was one of baseball’s best stories. The Giants are hoping he can catch lightning in a bottle a second time.

A week after being nominated by the Chicago White Sox, Mercedes was claimed by the Giants, according to league sources. Receiver Michael Papierski has been designated to be assigned to a 40-man berth.

Mercedes, 29, made just one league shelf appearance before last season, but he hit .415 and five home runs last April. He became the first player in MLB history to record five hits in his first big league start, and followed that up with seven in his next three games, a streak that included his first career home run against current giant Alex Cobb.

Mercedes was named American League Rookie of the Month in his first month in the major leagues, but his career with the White Sox ended from there.

In May, Mercedes became national history when it went 3-0 against a position player and hit a home run. That might not be a big deal for a team like the Giants, but White Sox manager Tony La Russa has publicly criticized his rookie. Mercedes only hit 0.196 in May and June and was optioned for minors. He stunned the White Sox a few weeks later by announcing on Instagram that he planned to walk away from the game, but he quickly reconsidered and spent the rest of the season in Triple-A.

Since being picked, Mercedes has spent all of his time in Triple-A for the White Sox. He had hand surgery in March, but returned to play in 25 minor league games, posting a .230/.376/.425 slash with four home runs.

On the surface, Mercedes is an odd fit for the Giants. He is primarily a designated hitter and bats on the right side, a profile they already have on their big league roster. But they never pass up an opportunity to gain depth for their Triple-A roster and this season has shown they will often acquire players – like Mike Ford – who can be temporary replacements. The Giants have used their two right-handed catchers against left-handed starters a number of times this season, including Saturday, so it’s possible they’ll find a cameo for a right-handed bat soon.

It would be a very, very 2022 decision by the Giants for them to call Mercedes on Monday to start against left-handed Atlanta Braves ace Max Fried, then give that spot to Anthony DeSclafani if ​​he leaves IL to start the Tuesday game.

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