The Chicago White Sox made some significant additions to their roster for 2020 and Edwin Encarnacion could have a major impact on this team.
The Chicago White Sox are a rather young and inexperienced team going into 2020. When the pause is over they are going to be looking to have their first winning season since 2012. They are also looking to have their first playoff season since 2008. It has been a while for the organization but most of the players know nothing but hope and bright futures. They need some veteran leadership to carry them early.
That is exactly why they brought in Edwin Encarnacion. He is an older player that still produces at a high level despite his age. He is a very young 37 years old going into this 2020 season and he is still producing as he did in his younger years. He is a three-time all-star and was as recently as 2016.
He has hit 30 home runs or more in eight straight seasons. Adding that much power to the middle of this lineup could go a long way. There is going to be a lot of help for him in the lineup as well. There are going to be top-ten hitters like Yoan Moncada and Tim Anderson ahead of him and some great power like Eloy Jimenez and Jose Abreu ahead of him. With all of these guys potentially on base with Encarnacion at the plate should help them score even more runs.
It is really important for Encarnacion to be an impact player. He, and a bunch of other guys in the new-look lineup, are replacing players who were below-average players in recent years. It needs to be a much more prolific level of production from the depth of the lineup for this team to start winning. Now, Encarnacion is already an upgrade over some of the other 7-9 hitters simply by his reputation. If he is able to have another 30 home run pace with his new team, it would be great for them.
With the season delayed right now, it will also help to have an experienced veteran in the clubhouse. He has made deep playoff runs with different teams throughout his career so he knows what it takes to win. There have never been circumstances quite like this but if anyone would be able to help deal with it, it’s a guy like Encarnacion. Hopefully, he is able to deliver for his new young team.