9. Leury Garcia – 2B
Leury Garcia is back and ready to go for the Chicago White Sox in 2022.
The Chicago White Sox saw Leury Garcia as such an important player for them that they gave him a three-year extension following their exit from the 2021 postseason. He had the biggest moment in the playoffs with his big home run in game three. It was as cool of a moment that this team has had since winning the World Series in 2005.
Now, here in 2022, the team surely wants to upgrade the second base position. However, with the lockout currently going on, they can’t sign any Major League free agents or make any trades. With that in mind, Leury Garcia makes the most sense to bat ninth and play second.
He is best suited to be a true utility player but they need him in this role at this time. Nick Madrigal isn’t walking through those doors any time soon so Garcia might need to be the guy. Hitting one spot ahead of Tim Anderson and Luis Robert might prove to be extremely valuable.
Defensively, he plays a pretty good second base. He isn’t winning Gold Gloves but he is more than serviceable at pretty much every position. As the longest-tenured player in the organization, he also clearly loves playing for this team. Rounding out this awesome lineup is the perfect role for him with things as they currently stand.