Jake Burger has suffered a major setback
Chicago White Sox 2017 first round pick Jake Burger can’t catch a break.
The highly-regarded third base prospect first ruptured his Achilles in late February while running down the first base line during a spring training game. He collapsed roughly 15 feet in front of the bag and had to be carted off the field.
Today we’ve learned that Burger retore the Achilles at his Arizona home earlier this week.
He’s had a second operation to correct the tear and preliminary timetables suggest that the offensively-gifted 22-year-old will miss another 12 months — meaning that when he returns in the summer of 2019, Burger will already be 23-years-old, with no experience above Low-A.
This is a major blow for a White Sox team that finds itself tied for the second-worst record in baseball.
The 11th pick in last summer’s MLB Draft, Burger slashed .263/.336/.412 in the low minors last season — numbers that were somewhat disappointing considering Burger being a 21-year-old with what many considered to be advanced offensive skills.
MLB.com ranked Burger as the #8 overall prospect in a loaded White Sox system.