Tyler Saladino

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Tyler Artolo Saladino

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Shortstop Tyler Saladino began his professional career in 2010.

He was originally drafted by the Houston Astros in the 36th round of the 2009 amateur draft, but opted not to sign. He 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, he 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. In his first taste of Triple-A, he hit .224/.296/.265 in 15 games. He stole 28 bases in 118 games for Birmingham in 2013 and in 2014, he hit .310/.367/.483 in 82 games for Charlotte, earning International League Mid-Season All-Star honors. He began 2015 with Charlotte and was hitting .255 after 52 games when he got the call to the Show.

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. They did hedge their bets by bringing in veteran Jimmy Rollins as a potential fall-back just as spring training opened. He hit .282 in 93 games that year, with 8 homers and 38 RBIs. He played all over the diamond however, with time at second base, third base an 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, he started 2018 back with Chicago, but was sold to the Milwaukee Brewers on April 19th after just 6 games. he spent most of May with the Brewers then went on the disabled list with a sprained ankle after hitting .324 in his first 16 games with the team. He was reactivated on July 5th, the Brewers deciding to have veteran 2B Eric Sogard designated for assignment to make room for him.

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. However, the Brewers still lost that game, 6-5.

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