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Chicago White Sox: Leury Garcia’s underrated great season

PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 3: Leury Garcia #28 of the Chicago White Sox high-fives teammates in the dugout after scoring a run in the fourth inning during a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on August 3, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 3: Leury Garcia #28 of the Chicago White Sox high-fives teammates in the dugout after scoring a run in the fourth inning during a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on August 3, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images) /
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The Chicago White Sox are a team that has been really top-heavy and relying on their youngsters to get them through, but there has been a pleasant surprise.

The Chicago White Sox are having one of their more up and down seasons in recent memory. They were two games under .500 going into the All-Star break but have been in a bit of a rut since then. They are coming off a series win, however, against the Philadelphia Phillies. They got the win in the series finale to take the best of three in large part due to a grand slam hit by Leury Garcia. He has had an underrated season so far and the fans should appreciate his efforts.

He often leads off for the White Sox so the RBI opportunities aren’t there as much as they would be for a guy in the middle of the lineup but his slash line of .289/.323/.391 with 69 runs scored has been impressive. His 33 RBIs and seven home runs aren’t jumping off the table but he is a hit for contact type player. He also has 12 stolen bases which are a solid contribution.

You don’t think of Leury Garcia when you think of the future of the White Sox starting lineup as much as you may think of Yoan Moncada, Eloy Jimenez, Luis Robert, and Nick Madrigal. Garcia might be a guy who earns a job to keep somewhere on this team because at 28 years old, he might be able to provide some value as a fourth outfielder.

Many White Sox fans want them to call up Luis Robert from Triple-A Charlotte because he is making a sweet play in centerfield or crushing home runs regularly. He is ready for the big leagues but they don’t seem to be ready to call him up yet. This could be in large part to the success of Leury. They both play center field and chances are Robert wouldn’t hit as well as Garcia has right away.

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Robert has a far superior ceiling than Garcia who probably is what he is at this point, but everyone struggles to some degree when they first get to the majors. He has been a really nice find for the White Sox for now and they should appreciate the time and effort that he has given him. He has made it easy to let Robert continue to develop in AAA ball and he has helped the White Sox win games. Hopefully, the White Sox can continue to keep Leury as their little secret and he continues to have the same successes going forward.

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