Ten years ago Dallas McPherson was drafted in the second round by the Angels out of The Citadel. The hope was that he would be the club’s third baseman for years to come. But his disappointing performance on the field and a rash of injuries turned McPherson from a future All-Star to a journeyman. Now, a decade and four teams later, he’s getting another chance with the White Sox, having been recalled from Charlotte to replace DL-bound Mark Teahen.
McPherson, a non-roster invitee to spring training, was batting .305 with nine doubles, three homers and 18 RBIs in 31 games with the Knights. Conventional wisdom had the Sox recalling the red-hot Dayan Viciedo, but the Sox figured it was better for Viciedo to continue playing every day in Charlotte. And in the process they are giving McPherson another major league shot.
Who knows, maybe he’s a late bloomer.