Micker Adolfo has a very small chance of playing for the 2021 Chicago White Sox.
Probably one of the biggest disappointments in terms of talked-about potential not panning out is Micker Adolfo. In 2013, the White Sox signed the 16-year old Dominican as an international free agent. At the time, Rick Hahn was using the same rhetoric he uses when talking about Luis Robert except the talent hasn’t shown in Adolfo.
For so long we were promised of his potential but we have yet to see it on display. Adolfo is still young (only23 years old) but he has been in the minors for nearly seven years. He just finally earned a promotion to Double-A Birmingham in 2019.
A string of injuries has been the most recent reason that has been holding him back from taking the next step. In the summer of 2018, Adolfo underwent Tommy John’s surgery and underwent another surgery on his right elbow almost a year later.
Before his season was cut short in 2018 at Winston-Salem, Adolfo was batting a .282/.369/.464 slash with a .833 OPS. He hit 11 home runs and drove in 50 runs in 79 games. In 2019, he struggled at Double-A Birmingham ham hitting an abysmal .205 with an OPS of .632 and zero home runs. He just had 16 hits in 95 plate appearances before his arthroscopic surgery in May that season.
Adolfo’s primary and secondary positions are the two positions the White Sox need help at the most which are right field and DH. With no DH named, Adolfo had a chance to go into this spring training and make the team but here we are at the end of March, and nothing yet. In 16 at-bats this spring, Adolfo has gotten only two hits and struck out seven times. He did walk three times which makes his .313 OBP look good but his .154 slugging and his average do not.