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Who Is Daniel Palka? The White Sox New Outfield Prospect

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Who Is Daniel Palka? The White Sox New Outfield Prospect

The White Sox have claimed outfielder Daniel Palka off waivers from the Minnesota Twins. Palka’s strongest attribute would be his power. In 2016 after a full season in the minors in 2016, he finished with 34 homers between Double-A and Triple-A. Although his home run numbers were smaller in 2017 that was because of a fractured finger.

Due to the injury he only played 84 games with Triple-A Rochester. He posted a batting line of .274 AVG/.330 OBP/.431 SLG with 11 homers and 42 RBIs with Rochester. The 26-year-old left-hander should be ready for his shot in the major leagues in 2018.

Daniel Palka was the Arizona Diamondbacks’ third-round pick back in 2013. He was sent to the Twins in a trade for Chris Herrmann. Palka does not have any major league experience yet, but his odds of getting to the majors at some point in 2018 are very good.

Does It Make Sense?

The White Sox rebuilding phase makes this pickup quite intriguing. Putting Palka on the major league roster would add another left-handed power bat at either DH or right field. Coupling Palka with left fielder/third baseman Nicky and third baseman Matt Davidson will give the White Sox lineup plenty of pop next season.

However, Palka may really need to compete to carve out a spot in that cramped outfield. The White Sox outfield already contains Avisail Garcia, who is coming off a breakout season, the aforementioned Nicky Delmonico, Leury Garcia, Willy Garcia and Adam Engel. Plus the addition Ryan Cordell from the Swarzack trade and Charlie Tilson returning from injury. Palka will need to make a serious statement at spring training next year.

Sox fans will be looking forward to 2018 to see what becomes of Palka. Who knows what other moves could be on the way.

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Brennan Frawley is the MLB Department Head at TSJ Sports. He also covers the White Sox and Reds. Feel free to give him a follow on twitter: @BrennanFrawley