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Avisail Garcia is one happy fellow.
Platoon in left: Alejandro De Aza
Alejandro De Aza has one redeeming quality as a baseball player. He is one of the best pull hitters in the game. Consider that last season, he hit .332, had a 1.023 OPS and a .364 IsoP on balls hit into right field, per FanGraphs.
That’s out of hand.
That also makes him an ideal platoon outfielder. Don’t get me wrong, given his shortcomings in every other facet of his game, if the White Sox were to part ways with him tomorrow, it wouldn’t be the worst thing.
Platoon in left: Dayan Viciedo
Like Beckham, Dayan Viciedo has yet to live up to the hype for a lot of reasons. From a loping swing to an utter lack of patience, he is his own worst enemy.
Now it is understandable why the White Sox continue to keep Viciedo around. He is a young, power-hitting corner outfielder with a ton of upside. That said, he needs to show the franchise something this season, or he could find himself on a new team.
Starter in center field: Adam Eaton
The White Sox are only asking Adam Eaton to do a few things. They want him to get on base, not get thrown out, score runs, take good angles and hit the cutoff man. You know, the small things.
Thankfully, he is more than capable of doing the job. In 1,560 plate appearances in the minor leagues, Eaton had a .450 OBP and scored 281 runs. He simply finds a way to get on base and is a solid, if not exceptional, defensive center fielder.
Starter in right field: Avisail Garcia
Konerko said that Avisail Garcia “has the potential to be a monster in this league,” via the Chicago Tribune’s Colleen Kane. Ventura said he is a player you want “to be part of the middle of your lineup,” per ESPN.com's Doug Padilla.
Strong praise from two pragmatic individuals. If they are right, and there isn’t any evidence to the contrary, then right field is a position the White Sox will not have to worry about for some time. He has five tools and appears capable of using each of them.
In the minors on Opening Day
Jordan Danks is on the wrong side of the fence at the moment.
On one hand, he has the speed, power and defense to do the job. On the other hand, he struck out 31.8 percent of the time last year, according to FanGraphs, made several baserunning blunders and failed to take advantage of the considerable playing time he received.
For the moment, a spot on the Opening Day roster is blocked by De Aza.
Jared Mitchell is suddenly a viable part of the outfield conversation thanks to a stellar showing in Arizona Fall League play. After hitting .167 with 123 strikeouts in the minor leagues last year, that is quite a remarkable accomplishment.
MLB.com’s Bernie Pleskoff noted that Mitchell will have to prove the .296 batting averaged he compiled in the AFL was not a fluke, but the future is much brighter for him than it was just a few months ago.
Denis Phipps, Blake Tekotte, Keenyn Walker and Trayce Thompson will also be at spring training.