The average baseball fan probably won’t know who Conor Gillaspie is. And that’s alright. But he deserves some recognition.
The 26-year-old from Omaha, Nebraska has had himself quite the year with the Chicago White Sox. Through 70 games in 2014, Gillaspie is batting .326 with a .861 OPS.
After debuting with the Giants as a 20-year-old in 2008, Gillaspie spent the next two seasons in the minor leagues. Through 2011 to 2012, Gillaspie only made 21 appearances for the Giants batting .205/.244/.308.
Traded to the White Sox in February of last year, Gillaspie got his first shot at a complete season with a major league club. In 452 plate appearances in 2013, he batted .245 with a .695 OPS.
This season, however, has been a different story for the former first round draft pick. At the midway point of the 2014 season, Gillaspie is batting .326/.377/.484 with a modest 35 RBI. Though his power won’t top any charts, his value as a high-averaged hitter shouldn’t go unnoticed.