Chicago White Sox: Jeff Soptic
February, 22, 2013
By Doug Padilla
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Chicago White Sox announced Friday they acquired third baseman Conor Gillaspie from the San Francisco Giants in exchange for pitcher Jeff Soptic.
AP Photo/Lenny IgnelziConor Gillaspie was a first-round draft pick of the Giants in 2008.
Gillaspie was a former fast-rising prospect and 37th overall selection in 2008, who played in the major leagues less than 100 days after he was selected. He has spent most of his time in the minor leagues since then, though, batting .287 with 37 home runs and 259 RBIs over five seasons.
Over 29 major league games spanning three seasons with the Giants he hit .205 with one home run and four RBIs.
"He conceivably fits in nicely on the roster, which we’ll obviously decide more about toward the end of next month," general manager Rick Hahn said. "But we see him having a solid hit tool, above-average awareness of the strike zone, solid defensively. He gives us a little versatility in his ability to play third base as well as first. He gives (manager) Robin (Ventura) some options potentially."