The biggest reason Leury Garcia wouldn’t be the best option to start at second base doesn’t really have to do with his playing ability.
Garica, 28, could be a secret weapon for the White Sox in 2020 and starting him at the keystone would take away some of his usefulness.
His ability to play second base, third base, shortstop, and all three outfield spots makes him the perfect super-utility player and the team’s swiss army knife.
If the team were to plant him at second base, the White Sox would be forfeiting his greatest quality as a player.
Now, if the team wants to play Garcia at second base for a couple of weeks or even the season’s first month, then this won’t be a concern.
But, if this turns into a more long-term situation, it could be problematic and become very similar to the case of Mendick.
Garcia’s bat could prove to be an issue if he plays every day as he appeared in a career-high 140 games and hit .279/.310/.378 with eight home runs, 40 RBI, and 15 stolen bases to give himself an 83 wRC+ and 1.3 fWAR in 2019.
That is fine for a super-utility role where he moves around the diamond and fills in whenever asked, but it’s not really ideal for an everyday player on the Chicago White Sox.