9. Adam Engel RF
The Chicago White Sox needs a good nine-hitter and it could be Adam Engel.
If the White Sox does not add a right fielder, in free agency then Adam Engel will be rounding out the order in the nine-spot.
Engel has developed into a solid hitter after struggling early in his career. Engel’s batting average increased from .235 to .242 from 2018 to 2019. In 2020 it jumped all the way up to .295. He also became the first player in franchise history to homer in his first postseason at-bat.
Engel has added some power to his game. He hit seven home runs in 2021 and owned a .832 OPS. That may not seem like much but, like many other players in the White Sox lineup, he battled injures. He was limited to just 123 plate appearances in 39 games.
He has some speed in his game. In 2018 he ranked second on the White Sox with 18 stolen bases. Most White Sox fans would prefer to see someone else manning right field in 2022. However, you can do a lot worse than a healthy Adam Engel.
Engel isn’t known for his offensive prowess. But what he does give the White Sox is elite defense. In 2018, the high-flying Engel robbed three home runs in August. He was named MLB Defensive Player of the Month for his efforts. His range and speed make him an above-average defender.