As crazy as it may seem, Avisail Garcia has a very contested spot in the outfield. His incredible 2017 season brought him enough claim for right field in 2018. But he needs another great season to keep his right field spot. As stated above, the White Sox have two flat-out studs waiting to play outfield in Robert and Jimenez. However, the Sox have other outfielders in the farm system that are looking for an opportunity to showcase their skills. The bad thing for Garcia is that those outfielders might be studs waiting for his spot to open up.
Garcia had a tremendous 2017, there’s no debating that, but if he has a down year, does he deserve to lose his spot in the outfield? The answer is no, but the Sox do have other options. The Sox no.8 prospect is Blake Rutherford. The Sox also have Micker Adolfo, Ryan Cordell, and Luis Alexander Basabe in the minor league system. All of who the White Sox are very high on. Garcia’s 2018 is another crucial year for his career, unfortunately, but another season even close to his 2017 should cement his spot in right field.
Most of these five veterans will probably not have to deal with competitions for their positions until further down the line, more so Avisail Garcia because of his 2017 and he’s only 26. It cannot be understated that they can be replaced by many prospects who are hungry and talented enough to have a ticket to ride the rebuild train. As of now, the only thing these players can be is to play well enough to be irreplaceable.