Sox Machine Live!: Next in line

The Rundown:

Tim Anderson hurt his ankle and will be on the Injured List as he is walking in a boot. While the White Sox shortstop is on the mend, who is next in line at the vital position? 

Plus, Moncada getting better batting right-handed, Jon Jay’s first impression, and pondering the thought of James McCann batting leadoff. 

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Sound effects very reminiscent of SNL’s “Quiet Storm” skits.

Trooper Galactus

On the Tilson/Cordell comparison:

Tilson – .248/.311/.314 (.625), 70 OPS+, 23.5 K%, 6.8 BB%

Cordell – .231/.291/.338 (.629), 69 OPS+, 31.3 K%, 6.3 BB%

Engel – .212/.281/.346 (.627), 68 OPS+, 34.5 K%, 6.9 BB%

That’s right, Tilson and Cordell are basically Adam Engel at the plate overall. While Tilson doesn’t have the horrendous contact issues of the other two, he also has the least power between them to make it matter. Unlike Engel, neither of them has the defense to make this sort of hitting even remotely tolerable (and, let’s face it, it was pretty intolerable even with Engel).

As Cirensica

They are all JB Shucks. Fillers the White Sox only need in case of emergencies. I rather we keep Engel, at least he can catch the ball competently, and, if for some reason he gets on base, he can really run.

Leury is they guy the White Sox should extend and keep for contending times. He reminds me Angel Pagan.

Torpedo Jones

So tired of getting Shucked by the WS front office!

Seriously, though, we should keep Leury around long-term. Solid super-sub for a contender.