3. Adam Engel
Adam Engel is going to essentially have the role of Garcia for all three outfield spots to start the season while the latter will be patrolling second base.
Engel, 28, really needs to be one of the better fourth outfielders in the game in 2020, as there are going to plenty of opportunities for him to play if he performs.
As previously mentioned, Robert and Jimenez could very well need rest throughout the year which Engel could give them, with ease.
Also, Nomar Mazara really should have been paired with a platoon partner in free agency or by way of a trade this offseason. Since that never happened, Engel could prove to become that for Mazara in 2020.
The right-handed hitter had an impressive spring in which he had a .860 OPS, two home runs, and 11 RBI 35 plate appearances.
If he can carry that success into the regular season, Engel will have no problem earning regular playing time this season and could actually find himself in the lineup with regularity.
However, if he’s unable to do so, the team will need to have Garcia play the outfield more often than they might hope which could lead to the team either calling up Madrigal before he is ready or playing Danny Mendick at second base.
While neither of those scenarios is really that bad, the issue becomes if something unanticipated comes up.
Every team is almost guaranteed to have to deal with injuries throughout the season and the organization would probably prefer to turn to those other two options when that happens rather than because Engel simply can’t handle the job as the team’s fourth outfielder.
A condensed schedule is going to make these players crucial to the success of the Chicago White Sox in 2020.