Chicago White Sox: Adam Engel’s big day excites fans

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Sometimes it is hard to get excited about things that happen in Spring Training. There are pitchers who won’t see the MLB that year, there are guys trying to perfect one specific pitch so they’ll throw it three straight times, and the bottom line is it just doesn’t count for anything. It is, however, fun when a guy like Adam Engel shows continued growth through the years with the Chicago White Sox.

Adam Engel is going to be a big part of the 2021 Chicago White Sox.

It was a bring spring training showing for him as he tries to be a part of this team in the long term. The Sox signed Adam Eaton to be their right fielder but there is no proof that he should just be the guy. Engel deserves a chance at that role too. He is steller defensively and his offense has taken major steps forward over the years.

He used to be known as that guy who is simply a defensive replacement late in the ballgame. Well, he has been getting better and better. This game proved it yet again. He went 3 for 4 with three extra-base hits (he was a single away from the cycle), one RBI, and three runs scored. It was nothing short of a phenomenal day at the plate for him.

Games like this show exactly why he needs to be in the lineup a lot. In 2020, the team was dead set on giving Nomar Mazara starts over him for whatever reason. They traded to acquire Mazara and he was believed to have a higher ceiling but it was clearly never coming. Engel was far more deserving in pretty much every game they played. This game showed exactly why Engel is far more qualified.

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Engel’s big game helped the White Sox claim an exhibition victory as well. They won the game by a final score of 9-7. We got to see some other studs go to work like Michael Kopech, Andrew Vaughn, and Garrett Crochet. This team has a lot of untapped potential and games like this show it.