White Sox midseason awards: A few diamonds in the rough

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Jun 28, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago White Sox right fielder Avisail Garcia (26) hits a single in the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Second half player to watch – RF Avisail Garcia

The word “potential” has been thrown around ever since Garcia came to the White Sox. He is a physical clone of Miguel Cabrera so the comparisons have surrounded him his whole professional career. But statistically speaking, he has a ways to go before being able to justify being in the same sentence with the two-time AL MVP.

Garcia has shown the ability to spray the ball to all fields in a way similar to Cabrera. What he has lacked however is power.

He has not hit a home runs in 28 games.

The White Sox as a team have lacked the home run ball this season and if they are truly going to make a run at an AL Wild Card spot, they need their bats to come alive. During this recent successful stretch, the team has done an exceptional job at pitching. The still however are not scoring runs.

Garcia alone will not be enough to make the White Sox playoff contenders.

They need Melky Cabrera to continue play at the level we have seen him at over the last month. They need Eaton to be a spark at the top of the lineup. And most of all, they need Ramirez and LaRoche to stop giving away outs.

Many things need to fall in place for the White Sox in the second half of the season. And it all starts with Garcia being more than just a singles hitter.

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