Adam Engel wasted no time getting in the swing of things. While making his first appearance in his Major League rehab assignment, he delivered a clutch home run for the Chicago White Sox AAA squad in the Charlotte Knights.
The Chicago White Sox is going to get a boost when Adam Engel returns.
Adam Engel was back in action Tuesday night. He was suited up for the Charlotte Knights series opener against the Norfolk Tides. After being out since March you would expect some rust from a player like that. It took him a few plate appearances to adjust to the pitching in a competitive game. He started the night 0-for-3.
In the ninth inning with the Knights trailing 4-3 two outs, Adam Engel came to the plate with the game on the line. The Knights were down to their last strike when Engel smoked a 1-2 fastball over the leftfield fence. The ball was a line shot and got out in a hurry.
Adam Engel went down with a strained hamstring while tracking down a fly ball in Spring Training. He has been on the shelf ever since. He is eyeing a return to the Major League roster in a few weeks.
"“I think now it’s more of getting my body to be able to move in space the way I want it to,” Engel said. “I’m able to run full speed now, I’ve been able to run full speed for a little while now. Now it’s more of like can I extend the way outfielders need to extend for balls that are a little more awkward? That’s what I’m trying to gain, that stability and that strength right now.”"
Engel hit .295 with 11 runs scored, five doubles, one triple, three home runs, 12 RBIs, and a stolen base in 36 games with the Chicago White Sox last season. His offense has been improving every season and the White Sox hope he can build off of his successful campaign in 2020. His first appearance in 2021 is an indication that the Chicago White Sox offense could be receiving a major jolt soon.