Podcast: 2019 White Sox Outfielders Review

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.


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Eloy JimenezB-BB
Leury GarciaB-B-C+
Charlie TilsonFFF
Jon JayFFF
Ryan CordellFFF
Daniel PalkaFFF
Nicky DelmonicoFFF

In the end, we answer your questions in P.O. Sox.

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Jeff

Where is Adam ENgel? He might have helped a little bit.

illini Bill

What happened to Adam Engel with your review of outfielders?

Jim Margalus

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.

Trooper Galactus

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.

As Cirensica

Speaking of outfielders…K. Law brought his AFL review (paywalled) and there is this:

Blake Rutherford was the Yankees’ first-round pick in the cursed 2016 draft, later went to the White Sox in a trade that included Tommy Kahnle and David Robertson, and spent this year in double-A where he hit .265/.319/.365 as a 22-year-old. He put the first pitch in play five times in the eight PA I saw from him, including the first four, and hit only one ball hard on a line-drive single to center. Rutherford can get the bat head to the ball, but his consistent problem since he turned pro was the lack of impact: He’s a corner outfielder who not only doesn’t show power, but doesn’t even hit the ball hard.

Trooper Galactus

Ugh.

MrStealYoBase

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.

PauliePaulie

I recall one of the fangraphs guys saying he does not use his lower half at all.

Lurker Laura

Poor Adam Engel, not even an F to call his own.

illini Bill

And Adam Engel will probably be our opening day centerfielder!

As Cirensica

Ugh.

karkovice squad

F for respects

Trooper Galactus

*frespect

burning-phoneix

I still think Cordell gets a D (like most voters) simply because he has a decent glove out there.

As Cirensica

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.

burning-phoneix

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

Jim Margalus

It’s the only metric that likes him. Maybe his glove isn’t good.

burning-phoneix

Baseball Prospectus’ FRAA (Fielding Runs Above Average) also has him as a good fielder (+4.0 runs above average).

Trooper Galactus

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.

burning-phoneix

Yes, the good old eye test is the best defensive metric I say.

hackwilson

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.