Last year, former Pitt baseball (and before that, football) player Kevan Smith made his major league debut with the Chicago White Sox. Smith played in seven games last year, batting only .125.
He was back in AAA this year but a couple of elbow issues have landed White Sox starter Geovany Soto on the disabled list and that has opened the door for Smith to get another shot. Smith got off to sort of a slow start at the plate but has heated up a bit lately.
On the year, Smith is hitting only .205. However, he's starting to find his way, it seems. In his last six games, he's batting .333 (6-18) and also had a pair of doubles. He's also up to a respectable .267 for the entire month of May and is making the most of his second chance with the team.
Soto has landed on the disabled list already twice this year. If Smith continues to hit, he could find himself continuing to get some playing time even after Soto comes back. Soto is hitting for more power than Smith (three home runs on the year to Smith's none for his career) but is also only batting .190.
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