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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1B/DH Justin Morneau

Aug 17, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Chicago White Sox designated hitter Justin Morneau (44) and first baseman
Aug 17, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Chicago White Sox designated hitter Justin Morneau (44) and first baseman /

Up next, we take a look at former Sox killer Justin Morneau. Morneau terrorized this team as a part of the Minnesota Twins. Since then, he’s had some injuries but is hoping to play first base next season. However, he didn’t appear in the field for the Sox all season. They mainly used him as their designated hitter. However, if he sticks around next season, they could have that option available to them.

Morneau was really the only left-handed power hitter this team had, which made him that much more valuable. He appeared in 58 games this season. His best power days are clearly behind him, but he still managed to hit six home runs and have 25 RBIs. All that went with a .261 batting average. Unlike the other bench players we’ve mentioned, Morneau had very good offensive numbers.

It’s hard to grade him on his fielding ability because he didn’t really play the field. The White Sox signed him with hopes of using him at DH, and that’s exactly what they did. The fact that he hits lefty is a huge plus for this team because they don’t have anyone who can hit for power from the left side. Had he not been injured, he would have played a larger role for the organization. Most likely, he would have been their everyday DH. He could play a larger role next season if the Sox decide to resign him. 

Grade: B+

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