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tyler saladino, Chicago White sox

Player: Saladino, Tyler

Card: 2018 Topps #258

Position: 2B

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"He's (Tyler Saladino) an interesting offensive player. He's got a little bit of pop, a little bit of speed and he gets on base, but he's shown this year at Charlotte some pretty good defensive versatility, too, playing all throughout the infield and even taking reps in the corner outfield. He's a valuable guy." - Chicago White Sox General Manager Rick Hahn (White Sox Post-Game Press Conference, Tyler S Injury, August 1, 2014)

Tyler Artolo Saladino (born July 20, 1989 in San Diego, CA) is a former professional baseball infielder. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Chicago White Sox and Milwaukee Brewers and for the Samsung Lions of the KBO League.

Tyler was then taken by the Chicago White Sox in the 7th round of the 2010 amateur draft, a few picks ahead of pitcher Michael Lorenzen. He began his career with a .305/.390/.437 line between the Bristol White Sox and Kannapolis Intimidators in 2010 and in 2011, he slugged .501 with 16 home runs and 55 RBI in 102 games for the Winston-Salem Dash to earn MiLB.com Organization All-Star honors.

Entering 2012, Saladino was named the #8 prospect in the White Sox chain by Baseball America. His power declined that year, but he swiped 39 bags in 127 games between the Birmingham Barons and Triple-A Charlotte Knights.

Saladino was called up the major leagues by the White Sox just before the All-Star break in 2015, making his debut as the team's starting third baseman on July 10th. He hit his first major league homer on July 19th, a solo shot off Danny Duffy of the Kansas City Royals in the 9th inning of a 4-1 loss.

He ended up playing 68 games for the White Sox and was the player who logged the most innings for the team at third base that year, just ahead of Gordon Beckham and Conor Gillaspie. He only hit .225/.267/.335 however, with 4 homers and 20 RBIs. Nevertheless, the White Sox penciled him in as their starting shortstop heading into 2016, after trading long-time starter Alexei Ramirez during the off-season.

Shortstop had been Tyler's principal position coming up in the minors and the Sox were confident he could handle the position defensively. He played all over the diamond however, with time at second base, third base and in the outfield. This was the result of top prospect Tim Anderson reaching the majors that season and taking over the starting shortstop job. He then fell into a terrible rut in 2017, when he hit just .178 in 79 games as a utility infielder.

In spite of his poor 2017 season, Saladino started 2018 back with Chicago, but was sold to the Milwaukee Brewers on April 19th after just 6 games. He hit grand slams in back-to-back games for the Brewers on July 21-22, 2019. The first day, he connected off Alex Young of the Arizona Diamondbacks in a 7-4, win, and the next day he did it off Raisel Iglesias of the Cincinnati Reds.

(excerpted from Baseball Almanac, BR Bullpen & Wikipedia)

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