White Sox Season Review: Grading the Bench Players

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Aug 28, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox left fielder Melky Cabrera (53), center fielder J.B. Shuck (20), and designated hitter Avisail Garcia (26) celebrate after defeating the Seattle Mariners at U.S. Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Caylor Arnold-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 28, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox left fielder Melky Cabrera (53), center fielder J.B. Shuck (20), and designated hitter Avisail Garcia (26) celebrate after defeating the Seattle Mariners at U.S. Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Caylor Arnold-USA TODAY Sports /
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The White Sox had to rely heavily on their bench when several players went down. Justin Morneau and Carlos Sanchez highlighted a bench that really didn’t produce for the team all season.

The Chicago White Sox had a lot of issues this season and the bench was no exception. The bench wasn’t very deep and really didn’t do a whole lot for this team. A good bench can definitely help a team win additional games because you can afford to give key players the night off. It just seemed like there were different Sox teams playing this season.

Most of the time, when bench players were in, they played okay. Teams that are deep tend to be very successful and don’t seem to miss a beat. Both the Cubs and Indians had guys that could contribute off the bench, which made them very hard to play. The Sox could definitely use some help in this category, but they did have some guys contribute.

Having a more productive bench may not have changed this team’s fortunes, but it could have helped. The Sox had some injuries that seemed to take them off guard. 2017 can only get better. Until then, let’s take a look at the grades for the bench players.

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