Chicago White Sox: 4 players to cut when Jimenez and Robert return
Brian Goodwin has earned everything he has gotten from the Chicago White Sox.
With two outfielders returning Brian Goodwin may be the odd man out. The White Sox already have a crowded outfield. Andrew Vaughn has been excellent defensively in left field and has a ton of offensive upside. Adam Engel is a gold-glove caliber fielder and has quietly been a productive hitter. Billy Hamilton is the ultimate defensive replacement and provides a speed threat on the bases.
Where does that leave Brian Goodwin? Luis Robert will be the everyday centerfielder. Adam Engel will likely be the everyday right fielder. A platoon of Eloy Jimenez and Andrew Vaughn is likely to take man left field. Billy Hamilton is one of the best fielders of the group so he would have the edge over Goodwin as a backup.
Out of all the candidates to be sent down this one seems the most unlikely. Tony La Russa likes Goodwin’s bat. He has consistently placed him in the cleanup spot. Goodwin is also hitting a solid .259 with four home runs, 16 RBIs, and a .802 OPS.
On the defensive end, Goodwin can play all three outfield positions. He can be considered a slightly above-average defender. But with a log jam in the outfield, there may be simply no room.