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Gavin Sheets could be the lefty that the White Sox need in 2022

CHICAGO - JULY 19: Teammates celebrate at home plate after Gavin Sheets #32 of the Chicago White Sox hit a walk-off, game winning three run home run against Jose Berrios #17 of the Minnesota Twins during game two of a doubleheader on July 19, 2021 at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Ron Vesely/Getty Images)
CHICAGO - JULY 19: Teammates celebrate at home plate after Gavin Sheets #32 of the Chicago White Sox hit a walk-off, game winning three run home run against Jose Berrios #17 of the Minnesota Twins during game two of a doubleheader on July 19, 2021 at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Ron Vesely/Getty Images) /
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Gavin Sheets was fantastic in AAA to start the 2021 season. He was really showing what he can do with the Charlotte Knights which was so much fun to watch. He earned himself a call-up from the Chicago White Sox and he did not disappoint. He began his MLB career by showing everyone that he can stick around.

He hit 11 home runs, had 34 RBIs, and 23 runs scored for the White Sox in 2021. He slashed .250/.324/.506 for an impressive OPS of .830. All of this came in only 54 games so we need to see it over a full season but this was a great start. He is the lefty that the White Sox needs in the middle of the order right now.

He won’t get starts in every game in 2022 but he should get a fair shake to make the team and contribute. He can play some right field or first base, depending on the day, but he could also be a great option for the designated hitter role. With most of Chicago’s lineup made up of righties, a lefty like Sheets could really help with matchups.

There is a long way to go before Sheets is done developing but he can be a legit power hitter in Major League Baseball. His 11 home runs in 54 games played is a pace of 33 home runs over 162 games which would have led the White Sox. It would be really nice to see him do that in 2022. He just needs to be given the chance.

Gavin Sheets will be an impressive lefty bat in the Chicago White Sox lineup.

Sheets earned his opportunity in 2021 and he ran with it once he got it. It is always nice when you see stories like that in professional sports. Sheets earned literally everything that he was given in 2021 and it was a lot of fun to watch.

Another thing that is nice to see from Sheets is the fact that no moment is too big for him. He was great from the minute he stepped into the big leagues and it continued during his MLB stints. He was also one of the team’s best players in the postseason against the Houston Astros. A solid playoff performer that also gives the White Sox a great lefty bat in 2022 is on the horizon.

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