Ht: 6’2″ Wt: 200 B-T: L-R
Acquired: Signed as a minor league free agent prior to 2015 season
FutureSox Prospect Rankings
- #29 – 2015 Midseason
- 2012 South Atlantic League All Star (Midseason)
- Arizona Fall League, 2015
- 2017 International League All Star (Midseason)
Delmonico is a bit of an enigma. He was a 6th round pick by Baltimore in 2011, signing a $1,525,000 bonus that was more in line with the 2nd round. The Tennessee prep signee reached as high as the Orioles’ 4th overall prospect by 2012 (according to Baseball America), before things started to sour. He was traded to the Brewers (for Francisco Rodriguez) mid-2013, then failed to report to camp as expected in the spring of 2014. After finally getting going that year, he was suspended 50 games for amphetimines, and then during the 2014-2015 offseason (with 8 games of the suspension still to pay) the Milwaukee front office released him when they claimed they couldn’t find him (see our interview link above for his side of that story). Now with the White Sox and having paid his PED dues in 2015, he spent time in extended ST, then bashed in a brief tune-up in Kannapolis before going to AA Birmingham. With the Barons he hit .238/.313/.386 in 62 games. He also played 18 games in the AFL to make up for lost time, where he didn’t hit much (.162/.237/.279, 18 K in 76 PA). But in 2016, Delmonico broke out (or rebounded?) – in 38 games at AA Birmingham as a still somewhat young-for-level 23-year old, he posted a monster .338/.397/.676 line, and was then promoted to AAA Charlotte in May. He missed some time there to minor injury, but finished strong in his return (.294/.372/.471 in August and September).
Offensively, Delmonico has shown a nice balance of patience and power at times as as pro, and there is some significant potential there. He puts on good shows in BP, has natural power and some loft in his swing. He’ll draw some walks and does work long counts, but despite making mid-line contact rates he hadn’t hit for a high average until his breakout 2016 campaign. Defensively he’s been moved off 2B to 3B, 1B and even the outfield as his fielding hasn’t been particularly good, though more current reports at third are a little more positive at the corners. This was a good gamble signing, the ceiling is still enticing, and he’s still on the young side for the upper minors. He should open 2017 in AAA at 24 years old, unless he is selected in the Rule 5 draft in December (which he is exposed to, as he’s not on the 40-man roster).
Major League Outlook: Offense-reliant corner INF or RF, possible utility role
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