Nicky Delmonico reaches base in franchise record 11 straight games to open career

CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 10: Chicago White Sox infielder Nicky Delmonico (30) singles in the 6th inning during an MLB game between the Houston Astros and the Chicago White Sox on August 10, 2017, at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, IL. The White Sox won 3-2. (Photo By Daniel Bartel/Icon Sportswire)
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Chicago White Sox outfielder Nicky Delmonico became the first player in franchise history to reach base in each of his first 11 games to begin his career when he singled in the bottom of the second inning of Saturday night’s game against the Kansas City Royals.

Following the base hit, Delmonico brought his average on the year up to .395. He has now collected 15 hits in his major league career, although 13 of them have been singles. He has one home run and five RBIs coming into Saturday.

Not a heralded prospect since joining the White Sox system, Delmonico was in his first full year at Triple-A this season. Down at Charlotte, he batted .262 with a .347 on-base percentage over 99 games. He hit 12 home runs and drove in 45 runs, collecting 18 doubles and stealing four bases, while spending the majority of his time at third base, but also moonlighting at both corner outfield spots.

With the White Sox rapid sell phase kicking in during the second half of the 2017 season, a spot opened on the main roster for the now 25-year-old. He has started seven games in left field and four as the designated hitter since his call-up.

Originally selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the sixth round of the 2011 MLB Amateur Draft out of Knoxville, Tennessee, he was traded straight up to the Milwaukee Brewers for closer Francisco Rodriguez back in July 2013. But just a year and a half later, he was outright released by the Brewers. Five days later he signed on with Chicago and the rest has been history.

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