Chicago White Sox: Season preview of infielders

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CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – SEPTEMBER 08: Danny Mendick #20 of the Chicago White Sox hits his first Major League home run in the 5th inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Guaranteed Rate Field on September 08, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /

Danny Mendick

Another potential Opening Day second baseman is Danny Mendick. Drafted in the 22nd round of the 2015 draft, he has never really found a way to burst onto the scene. Struggling in the minors for four years, Mendick was never believed to be the second baseman of the future. In 2019 with Triple-A Charlotte, he hit a solid .279/.368/.444.

Along with 17 home runs, 64 RBI and 20 stolen bases, Mendick earned a September call up. Over 16 games in the majors, he actually played very well. A slash of .308/.325/.462 is very respectable.

A flaw in his time in Chicago is his 11 strikeouts and just one walk. Minimizing the strikeouts and working deeper into counts and taking walks would give him an edge over the impatient García if Mendick is looking to earn that starting job at second.

The second base fight will be won by the better spring player. But the job is just a bridge to get to the real second baseman many are excited to see.