Josh and Jim catch up on a couple of White Sox news items from last week. Looking for what ways new hitting coach, Frank Menechino, could provide an immediate impact, and Steve Stone being a broadcast free agent.
Pnoles was kind enough to recap the Chicago White Sox 2019 outfielders who repeated last season’s achievement of being the worst in MLB according to FanGraphs WAR. While sharing grades, which you can see ours below and the results from the postseason survey, we take a look towards next season and who would be ideal to plug in the right field gap.
In the end, we answer your questions in P.O. Sox.
We are two weeks in and still no manager vacancies filled? Are we going to go into free agency again with at least one team without a manager?— Yoan DeBrinsky (@House_423) October 13, 2019
If you were optimisticly looking at the White Sox improving this offseason and competing for a playoff spot, which AL playoff team is most likely the team to not be back in 2020 and why?— Pete Chapman (@PeteCha56613119) October 13, 2019
What is the bare minimum, in terms of offseason additions, you would be satisfied with? Essentially, what would it take, at minimum, for you to feel okay about the Sox being marginal playoff contenders next year?— Doug Rokosz (@dfroke97) October 13, 2019
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Where is Adam ENgel? He might have helped a little bit.
What happened to Adam Engel with your review of outfielders?
I’d give Engel a C. He’s rosterable for a lot of teams in his September form, but I can’t quite buy into the offensive improvement yet.
Yeah, while it was nice to see him ascend to a level bad I’d long considered playable for him, his swing still looks absolutely atrocious.
Speaking of outfielders…K. Law brought his AFL review (paywalled) and there is this:
I feel like it has to be something mechanical right? He put on all that muscle last offseason and his power numbers didn’t do much of anything.
I recall one of the fangraphs guys saying he does not use his lower half at all.
Poor Adam Engel, not even an F to call his own.
And Adam Engel will probably be our opening day centerfielder!
F for respects
I still think Cordell gets a D (like most voters) simply because he has a decent glove out there.
If a player is gonna rely on glove, it has to be elite. Cordell isn’t. Look at Yolmer. Probably a gold glove this year. Many White Sox fans don’t want him, and some think he will struggle finding a new contract.
Cordell ranks 18th amongst MLB outfielders in Outs Above Average (Tied with #13 Max Kepler) and by catch percentage added he ranks number 3 in the league.
His glove is a lot better than it actually appears
It’s the only metric that likes him. Maybe his glove isn’t good.
Baseball Prospectus’ FRAA (Fielding Runs Above Average) also has him as a good fielder (+4.0 runs above average).
Outs Above Average must really enjoy a guy who makes ill-advised hero dives at fly balls a good ten feet away from him and turns singles into triples.
Yes, the good old eye test is the best defensive metric I say.
Avisail Garcia is the answer. Playoff experience is an X factor for upcoming teams and he has brings that element.
White Sox need a right fielder with power.
Teams like Colorado will spend 20 million for 3 years just to get 300 power at bats in that stadium.
Give Avi 5 years 30 million.