Sox Claim Palka Off Waivers…
Daniel Palka was claimed by the Chicago White Sox off waivers from the Minnesota Twins on November 3rd.
Palka, a native of Greenville, SC, spent the majority of the 2017 season with the Rochester Red Wings (Triple-A affiliate of the Twins). He hit .274 (91-for-332) with 11 home runs and 42 RBIs in 84 games. The 26-year-old outfielder made his major league debut last season and compiled a .278 batting average with one home run and two RBIs in six games with the Twins.
A product of Greer High School in Greer, SC, and Georgia Tech, Palka entered the 2017 season ranked by Baseball America as the ninth-best prospect in Minnesota’s organization. He was also tabbed as the “Best Power Hitter” in the system by the same publication.
Through five seasons in the minors (538 games), Palka owns a .269 batting average with 558 hits, 117 doubles, 13 triples, 106 home runs, 354 RBIs, and 47 stolen bases.
Palka was drafted twice — first by Philadelphia Phillies in the 19th round of the 2010 MLB June Amateur Draft — and three years later by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 3rd round of the 2013 MLB June Amateur Draft. He was traded to the Twins in November 2015 in exchange for catcher Chris Hermann.
Palka faced the Charlotte Knights at BB&T Ballpark twice in 2017 (April 21–22) and went 2-for-8 with a double and a run scored.