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Alexander: What’s in Chance Sisco’s future?

By in Press Enterprise on July 8, 2017

By Jim Alexander

The world according to Jim:

• Chance Sisco is headed for his second straight MLB Futures Game, Sunday in Miami. Unless the Orioles call first, which would mean that his future is now.

Sisco, who didn’t take up catching until his senior year at Corona Santiago, is the No. 1 prospect in Baltimore’s organization according to Baseball America, and has found his way after a slow start at Triple-A Norfolk — a .276 average and .742 OPS going into the weekend, along with a corresponding improvement in his play behind the plate. …

On Monday, Chance Sisco:
Reached base safely 5 times ✅
Scored a career-high 4 runs ✅
Upped his average to .400 in June ✅
Belted a solo HR ✅

— Norfolk Tides (@NorfolkTides) June 20, 2017

• Sisco is scheduled to play in the Futures Game Sunday in Marlins Park, starting the major league All-Star celebration, and then will play for the International League in the Triple-A All-Star Game Wednesday in Tacoma. It’s similar to his workload last season, when he played in the Futures Game at Petco Park — and hit a booming home run to center field, with around 50 family and friends in the stands — and played in the Double-A Eastern League’s All-Star Game in Akron three nights later. …

• And it might not be the year’s highlight. The rumor mill has the Orioles shopping veteran catcher Wellington Castillo, so there’s a possibility Sisco could be in the big leagues by the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. …

• Speaking of Triple-A callups, Chris Smith was scheduled to get a spot start Saturday for Oakland, after being called up from Nashville because of Jharel Cotton’s blister issue. Regardless of the outcome, this is a great story. …

• Smith, 36, first signed out of UC Riverside in 2002 […]    

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