On this date in 1985, the White Sox plucked outfielder Bobby Bonilla from the Pittsburgh organization in the Major League Draft.

Under the rules of the draft, Bonilla had to make the big league roster or be returned to the Pirates.

The Sox put the 23-year-old switch-hitter on their Opening Day roster despite the fact he had missed most of 1985 with a broken leg at the Pirates’ Class-A Prince William affiliate.

Despite his inexperience, Bonilla held his own, hitting .269 with two homers and 26 RBIs for the Sox before being dealt to the Pirates for pitcher Jose DeLeon on July 23, 1986.

Bonilla then went to become one of the game’s most potent sluggers for the next 15 seasons leaving Sox fans to wonder what things would have been like if Bonilla had stayed with the team.

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