Since the lockout began earlier this month, the White Sox have managed to keep themselves active by adding depth to their farm system.
This time around, the organization and free agent catcher Keegan Fish have agreed to terms on a minor league contract. The deal was first announced by the signee via his personal Twitter earlier Tuesday afternoon.
Fish, 22, has spent the past four seasons in the Miami Marlins organization. In 2021, he played a career-high 21 games split between the Rookie Florida Complex League Marlins and the Low-A Jupiter Hammerheads. During that stretch, the switch-hitting catcher slashed .359/.455/.406 (23-for-64) with three doubles, five RBI, and an .861 OPS. While decent numbers, we’ve only seen extremely small sample sizes over all three seasons in which Fish has appeared, making it difficult to reach a conclusion just yet.
Fish was originally drafted out of Lakota West High – same as former outfielder Jacob May – in the 13th round by the Marlins in 2018. The once Ohio State commit was regarded as the top-ranked catcher in the Buckeye State and 26th on a national level prior to his selection. His high school coach Greg Leurck praised his work behind the plate at the time, saying “His receiving skills as far as helping a pitcher gets strikes with his glove, being able to frame (pitches) is the best I’ve seen around high school baseball.”
Adding depth at catcher is always necessary, especially for the White Sox who don’t have many great options at the position. Taking a chance on the previously touted Fish and letting him grow in the system could pay off big in the long run. For now, we’ll see what he can do in the upcoming season as he looks to take the next step in his career.
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