White Sox: Yasmani Grandal will help the team with walks

Vincent Parise
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The Chicago White Sox added a talented catcher to the fold for the next four years and he is going to help in so many ways and walks will be huge.

The Chicago White Sox got a huge boost as they announced the signing of Yasmani Grandal to a four-year deal. He is a player that is a solid catcher behind the plate as far as framing and a very good hitter. He is one of the best catchers in the world and the White Sox are going to see a major boost to their lineup with him in it.

James McCann carried the load during his All-Star 2019 season. He is going to now be part of the best catcher duo in the league. McCann is also capable of being a designated hitter in 2020 as well which would lead to both he and Grandal being in the middle of the lineup. McCann would slot in really nice in the second half of the batting order as guys like Yoan Moncada, Jose Abreu, and Eloy Jimenez take care of business on the top.

An aspect of Grandal’s game that is also something that will really help the Sox out is his ability to draw walks. Grandal had 109 walks with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2019 which was fourth in all of baseball. Only Alex Bregman, Rhys Hoskins, and Mike Trout had more than him. The thing that makes this so nice is the fact that nobody on the White Sox even came close to a total.

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Yolmer Sanchez led the team with 44 walks and Yoan Moncada came in second with 40. The fact that Grandal had 65 more walks than anybody on the White Sox just means that they added a guy who is capable of getting on base in more ways than one. He is going to be surrounded by some elite hitters so if he continues to get on base at a high clip like that then his numbers will look even better. This should also cause the White Sox to win more games in the process.

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