CHICAGO -- As the 2017 MLB season starts, CompassMarkets.com Sydney Blue Sox fans will recognize a familiar face in the Chicago White Sox lineup.
2013/14 Blue Sox outfielder Jacob May made his MLB debut for the White Sox on April 4, starting in centre field against the Detroit Tigers. May marks the 22nd ABL player to debut in MLB after a season Down Under, and the first to debut this season. The 25-year-old hit .269 with four home runs and 12 RBI while manning the outfield for the Blue Sox in the 2013/14 ABL campaign.
The White Sox' No. 26-ranked prospect per MLB.com, May earned his place in the team's starting outfield in part by hitting .319 with six extra-base hits, three RBI, and four stolen bases in 27 Spring Training games. Despite going 0-for-4 in Chicago's 6-3 loss to Detroit, May picked up his first career RBI, driving home a run on a groundout in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Making your Big League debut on Opening Day is a hefty accomplishmen, and May's family was there for his special moment. Comcast Sportsnet interviewed his mother, Heather, during one of his at bats, and she couldn't stop smiling as she talked about how it feels to watch her son in the Majors.
On a separate note, the game also featured 2011/12 Blue Sox outfielder Tyler Collins, who pinch