Chicago White Sox: 4 players to cut when Jimenez and Robert return
Gavin Sheets has been a steady player for this Chicago White Sox team so far.
Gavin Sheets is doing everything he can to stay. In his first game as a major leaguer, he went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored. The next night he launched his first career home run.
On July 19th he helped salvage a doubleheader split with some heroics in the seventh inning of the second game. With the White Sox trailing by a run he connected with a Jose Berrios fastball for a three-run walk-off homer. He has already hit five home runs and driven in 14.
He has also played wherever the White Sox have asked him. Despite being drafted as a first baseman, he has worked to convert to a corner outfielder. Five hours before a game in Minnesota he could be seen in right field working on his defense with Darrel Boston. Sheets has also served as a designated hitter for the White Sox.
With the White Sox short on left-handed power bats, why is he a candidate to be sent down? The White Sox will not have a spot for him. Eloy Jimenez might see some time as a designated hitter, especially since Andrew Vaughn has shown he is a good defensive left fielder. Sheets won’t be able to play right field either since Adam Engel will likely shift over there when Luis Robert returns.
The White Sox like Billy Hamilton so he will stay as a player off of the bench. Sheets’ .226 batting average will not be enough to justify keeping him on the active roster so he is in the unfortunate position of being the first odd man out.