Chicago White Sox: 3 prospects who could replace Jake Lamb
Gavin Sheets is the hottest prospect in the Chicago White Sox organization.
In the second round of the 2017 draft, the White Sox picked a young first baseman by the name of Gavin Sheets. After hitting .293 at Winston-Salem, Sheets was promoted to Double-A Birmingham in 2018 and impressed. His average took a dip, down to .267 but he hit ten more home runs in seven more games as a Baron. His .414 slug and .759 OPS were impressive but not enough to earn an invite to the team’s alternate site in Schaumburg last season.
Recognizing the team needs, Sheets took reps in the outfield during the instructional league season. While he is in no way an everyday outfielder, he has proven himself to hold his own if he is needed. They are twelve games into the Triple-A season and Sheets has split with five games started at first base, six in right field, and one as a DH.
However, to start the season Sheets has been making headlines with his bat. In 53 plate appearances, he has 18 hits, four doubles, and three home runs with 13 RBIs. His batting slash is phenomenal at .367/.415/.633 with a 1.048 OPS. He is seeing the ball exceptionally well and could be breaking out.
Sheets is forcing the White Sox to call him up. He made himself valuable by learning a position the team needs so platooning him every once in a while is an option. His bat is hot right now as his eight-game hit streak indicates. There is no way he can be any worse than Jake Lamb.