Sep 15, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Chicago White Sox third baseman Conor Gillaspie (12) throws out Kansas City Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar (2) on a bunt in the first inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports
The main article on WhiteSox.com today is on that makes me starting thinking a lot about the Chicago White Sox third base position, and would a platoon system really work.
The article talks about how third baseman Conor Gillaspie is “open to whatever role (the) team needs.”
Sep 24, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates left fielder Starling Marte (6) slides into second before Atlanta Braves second baseman Emilio Bonifacio (1) can make the tag in the third inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports
Basically, it says how the White Sox will most likely use a platoon at third base with Gillaspie and Emilio Bonifacio in 2015. My question to everyone is … will it work? Are you a fan of a platoon at the “hot corner?”
In an article on the official White Sox site, Cash Kruth quoted Gillaspie:
"“It makes no difference to me. I’ll take on whatever role you want me to take on. It’s no secret, you’re going to get from me every day what you see, and I would think that would be beneficial to any club. I’m happy with whatever role they put me in, and I’m willing to do whatever it takes.”"
From the article, it basically says Gillaspie hits better against left-handed pitching and Bonifacio is better against right-handed pitching.
That stat will most likely solve that problem, right? At first I thought I had a problem with a platoon, because who is ever in favor of a platoon when it come to any position in any sport? Looking at how much better Gillaspie is against right-handed pitchers (.300 in ’14) compared to hitting .221 vs. left-handed pitchers, maybe this is an easier decision than originally thought.
As for their defense, Gillaspie wasn’t the best at third last season, and in the case of Bonifacio, would be more of an asset for the White Sox being an every day player off the bench in whatever situation would happen in a given game?
With all of this said, it is just another type of battle to look forward to this spring training, to see of Gillaspie can improve his batting against left-handed pitching enough to keep the spot to himself. If not, at least the White Sox have a player who can be productive from that side of the plate in Bonifacio off the bench.
What are your thoughts on the platoon system at third base? Are you in favor of it, or would you rather just have one player take over the role on an every day basis.
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