Christopher Crawford describes the interesting journey to MLB for Chicago White Sox rookie Jake Burger.
CHRISTOPHER CRAWFORD: There were plenty of rookies in the AL Central that received considerable praise before the beginning of the year. A name that wasn't brought up often or not nearly as often anyway was Jake Burger. But fantasy managers who took a chance on him have to feel awful good by what they've seen. Burger homered on Saturday against the Rangers and that gives the 26-year-old infielder 8 on the year, with 5 of those coming in the month of June.
The Burger story is one that is worth revisiting. This is a player that missed all of 2018 and 2019 because he ruptured his Achilles tendon twice and then severely bruised his heel while rehabbing from those injuries, on top of missing all of 2020 because of the pandemic. The power was never a question mark with Burger and his expected slugging percentage and barrel percentage both ranked in the high 90 percentile of all players. The ball jumps off his bat, but strikeouts are an issue and the approach of the plate, well, it leaves a lot to be desired. Burger is going to have some ups and downs, but those looking for a boost in the power category should take a shot at him. In other words, you should absolutely gobble up Burger.