Chicago White Sox: Three injury replacements for Adam Engel

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Chicago White Sox, Nick Williams
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Nick Williams could be the guy if the Chicago White Sox go a different route.

If the White Sox wanted to go in a different direction they could take the surprise route and use Nick Williams as Adam Engel’s replacement. Tony La Russa mentions Luis Gonzalez as a potential candidate for the job after Engel was injured but that seems unlikely given that he is no longer on the active roster.

That leaves Nick Williams as the final candidate. Williams has been in the league for three seasons.  Those three years have been spent with the Philadelphia Phillies. He has a lifetime average of .254 to go along with 31 home runs and a -1.8 WAR. Those numbers are nothing to write home about. He does not have the game-changing speed of Hamilton, nor does he have the versatility of Garcia.

He has performed admirably this spring. In 27 at-bats he is hitting .296 with one home run, one RBI, and a .840 OPS. He is only 27 years old so there is some potential upside although it seems like Willams days as a starter in the Major Leagues are numbered.  This is not the 2018 White Sox so Williams has little to no chance of starting a game for them this season unless something goes horribly wrong.

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It seems unlikely that the White Sox would opt to go this route but Williams has seen his fair share of playing time this spring so anything is possible.