Chicago White Sox: Three players making case for roster spot

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Cheslor Cuthbert Chicago White Sox
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2. Cheslor Cuthbert

The corner infielder had spent parts of the last five years with the Kansas City Royals before being non-tendered after the 2019 season.

Last season, Cheslor Cuthbert hit .246/.294/.379 with nine homers, 40 RBI, and a 74 wRC+ to give himself a -0.8 fWAR (FanGraphs).

That certainly was less than satisfactory, especially when paired with his lackluster defense at the hot corner in which he had -5 DRS and a -5.3 UZR over 319 1/3 innings.

However, he’s had a pretty good spring training early on as he’s 4-for-13 (.308) with one homer, one double, and two RBI which gives him a 1.142 OPS.

In order to make the team, Cuthbert would have to prove he’s a better utility infield option that Mendick, with Garcia also needing to win the starting second base job in this scenario.

If that doesn’t happen, the 27-year-old is likely destined to begin his season in Triple-A Charlotte as insurance in case of any injuries to infielders this season.

Cuthbert has a good chance of joining the White Sox at some point this season, but his case to start the season in Chicago isn’t too strong at the moment. That could all change with a great spring, though.

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