Grading Time: 2018 Chicago White Sox Outfielders Survey

I’m not expecting pretty results from our final position survey review. We would like to collect your thoughts and grades on the White Sox 2018 outfielders. If you have additional thoughts about the position group and like to voice them on Monday’s Sox Machine Podcast leave us a voicemail at (312)870-0224 with your opinion about:

  • What should the White Sox do with Avisail Garcia this offseason?
  • Who are some targets in free agency or trade that could help bolster the White Sox outfield?

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roke1960

“Who was the White Sox best outfielder?” That’s like asking which is your favorite terminal disease? Palka would be the obvious answer based on his power, but I really can’t consider a guy who has trouble catching a fly ball an outfielder.

Trooper Galactus

I went with Engel just based on him having demonstrably plus defense with no major qualifiers. Sure, Palka’s Power is double-plus, but his lack of plate discipline tempered its effectiveness. I was not happy making that choice, but nobody else had a full combination of health and a carrying tool who was there the entire season.

As Cirensica

Avi is better than Engel who can’t hit like at all. Avi at least hits a dinger every now and then. I chose Avi mostly because everyone else is terrible, and Palka shouldn’t be an outfielder but a DH

roke1960

I chose Avi also. When he’s hot, which is all too infrequent, he can be a force in the lineup. I couldn’t pick Palka, because he has no business even setting foot in the outfield. And as far as Engel’s hitting, even when he’s good, it’s below average.

Trooper Galactus

Given Avi was absent for half the season and posted virtually identical BA and OBP while playing mediocre defense in a corner, I was fine with choosing Engel over him. Had Avi done what he did for another 30 or 40 games, yeah, sure. But it hardly matters, we’re just picking the least ugly belle at the ball here.

Right Size Wrong Shape

I went with Leury, he was the only one who didn’t give me the bitter beer face when I read his name.

Probably because we didn’t see enough of him for him to trigger us this season.

dongutteridge

Leury is the only one with an acceptable level of competence across the board. If he were able to stay healthy for the whole season there wouldn’t even be a question of who was the best. 

yinkadoubledare

“Jerry Owens” would win that “best outfielder” one in a landslide. Woof.

asinwreck

Here are your grade point averages. Mr. Palka: two C’s, two D’s, and an F. That’s a 1.2. Congratulations, Palka. You’re at the top of the Sox outfield class. Mr. Garcia?
0.2 Expensive, injured, and unselective is no way to go through life, son. Mr. Engel? 1.6; four C’s and an F. A fine example you set! Nicky Delmonico… HAS no grade point average. All courses incomplete. Mr. Til…Mr. Tilson? Zero… point… zero.

Trooper Galactus

Somebody please photoshop two pencils up Tilson’s nostrils.

roke1960

Maybe they all got together and put a dead horse in Hahn’s office.

Trooper Galactus

I would pay good money to see Avi throw up all over Hahn.

roke1960

Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to play the outfield, son.

KenWo4LiFe

If garcia’s 6 million is expensive then the White Sox should go out of business.

Eagle Bones

I mean it depends in what you’re buying. 20 bucks isnt a ton of money, but I’d rather not pay that much for a used napkin at mcdonalds.

Patrick Nolan

Hold on a second there. Who used the napkin?

Eagle Bones

Jerry Owens

Trooper Galactus

It’s expensive for somebody to suck, yes.

dongutteridge

Are we still talking about baseball?

Trooper Galactus

……yes?

35Shields

Easiest grades to give out for any group. Everyone gets an F, except for Palka’s D.

Patrick Nolan

doursauce

35Shields

Not sure how else you can describe the third-worst outfield in the 118 year history of the Chicago White Sox.

Trooper Galactus

F+?

Right Size Wrong Shape

And Palka’s D gets an F.

armchairGM

if you’re being nice, you grade on player expectation versus reality. if you grade on “how should a professional outfield perform” a lot of Fs are in order.