The White Sox said Friday they said they were right Emilio Vargas refused to give up D-backs and chose the contracts of infielder Jake Burger, right Tyler Johnson and infielder Gavin Sheets. The moves leave ChiSox with a full list of 40 people.
The 24-year-old Vargas was not included in the D-backs pool in 2020. His 2019 season passed mainly at the Double-A level, where he worked up to 3.78 ERA and 4.20 FIP with 7.4 K / 9, 2.4 BB / 9, 1.05 HR / 9 and 42.6 percent percentage of land in 85 2/3 submissions (17 starts). He wasn’t considered one of Diamondbacks’ top 30 prospects on MLB.com or FanGraphs, but he would give the club some depth of rotation in the upper levels of the system ̵
The 24-year-old Burger was the 11th overall pick in 2017 and so far his career has been ruined by a series of left leg / foot injuries. Burger tore the Achilles tendon in his left leg twice, and after returning from that issue in 2019, a heel injury destroyed his entire season. He is unsuitable for the game from as far back as 2017, the same year he was drafted, but the third baseman was a prolific striker in college who became a slash .263 / .336 / .412 with Class-A Kannapolis after is being prepared.
Both Johnson and Leith are considered one of the top 20 of the White Sox. Johnson posted a 2.59 ERA and hit 43 strikers in 31 1/3 innings to ease the minor league in 2019. Sheets was the first baseman in the second round of Wake Forest in 2017 to post a slash .267 / .345 / .414 in an extremely convenient pitcher Double-A setting in 2019 (122 wRC +).