Leury Garcia would make a good option for the Chicago White Sox fourth outfield.
The longest-tenured member of the White Sox would be the favorite to take over Adam Engel’s role. Leury Garcia has been with the team since 2013 and has quietly developed into a very solid major league player. In the past four seasons, he has hit .270 or higher.
Garcia has been able to stick around the organization because of his versatility. He is a switch hitter than can play every position in the outfield along with three positions in the infield. If that isn’t enough he is also fast which makes him the ultimate utility player.
His strong arm and masterful bunting skills are an added bonus. Garcia has been the White Sox leadoff man for the past couple of seasons but an upgrade in talent around him has pushed him into a role off the bench. It is a role that better suits him on a championship team.
Garcia was going to be on the Opening Day roster even before Engel went down with an injury. Now he may be responsible to clean up Eloy Jimenez’s mess in left field in the eighth and ninth innings of close ballgames. Garcia primarily plays centerfield but he still has a respectable .967 fielding percentage for his career in left field.
Tony La Russa has been impressed with Garcia during camp. He made a point to mention that he has placed Garcia with the everyday players because Garcia just happens to play a different position every day. If Engel only misses a couple of games Garcia would be an adequate replacement.