1. Tim Anderson/Yermin Mercedes
The Chicago White Sox placed Tim Anderson on the injured list over the weekend. Yermin Mercedes was called up in his place. Losing Anderson is no good for the White Sox for obvious reasons. He is a batting champion that can help affect the game in many ways. However, this gives Mercedes a chance to prove himself in games that actually count. Hopefully, Mercedes is able to make an impact and Anderson is able to come back healthy.
Yermin Mercedes is a nice player that can play multiple positions. He is known for being a catcher but it doesn’t seem like a likely spot for him right now with the way this team is built. They have Yasmani Grandal and James McCann for that so the outfield or designated hitter spots seem more likely for him if he gets a start at any point. He is also a solid option for a pinch-hit situation.
For Anderson, he is one of the top leaders of the clubhouse. With him there, the team has to believe it has a chance to win baseball games. He is such a great hitter and has often come up clutch when the Sox needed him the most. His defense is still improving but what he brings offensively and from a leadership perspective is irreplaceable.