Chicago White Sox: Nice grade for Adam Engel in 2020

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Adam Engel had a pretty good year for the Chicago White Sox in 2020.

Adam Engel is putting together a nice little MLB career so far in his time with the Chicago White Sox. They selected him in the 19th round of the 2013 MLB Draft out of the University of Louisville. It is a great success story as a 19th round pick is making a name for himself years after being drafted. He had a great year for the White Sox in a limited role and keeps getting better as time goes on.

In the COVID-19 shortened season that was 2020, he played in 36 games out of 60 which isn’t too bad for a player of his caliber. In those 36 games, he made a case for himself to be played even more. He probably should have been the everyday right fielder over Nomar Mazara but it is what it is at this point.

Engel slashed .295/.333/477 with an OPS of .811. He hit three home runs, had 12 RBIs, 11 runs scored, and a WAR of 0.5. Those aren’t bad numbers for a fourth outfielder at all. Of course, in addition to all of his success with his bat, he was incredible in the field as a defensive outfielder. He knows how to get a read on a fly ball as good as any defender they have on the team. Late in the game when the game is on the line, you want Engel as one of your defenders in the outfield.

2020 Grade: A

Adam Engel is an A player for what is expected from him. If he was an everyday player, he might not impact the game to the same level but he is perfect at the role he has. He is a great defensive outfielder and just a solid hitter at the plate. A fourth outfielder is a perfect role for a player like him and when an injury hits a starter, he is easy to insert with confidence.

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2021 Outlook:

2021 is going to be a different year for Engel. Although it appeared as if he was the fourth outfielder over the past few years, he was probably the third-best offensive outfielder on the team. In 2021, he will probably be a true fourth outfielder now that Adam Eaton is there. When they have a one-run lead late in the game, he can replace anyone in the outfield defensively and it makes them better. It was a great year for him in 2020 and 2021 should be even better if he plays his role the right way.