There are sleepers to end up being the Chicago White Sox designated hitter.
Jake Burger got a chance to play a little Major League Baseball last season. His slash line for the 2021 season in the majors was .263/.333/.807 on 42 plate appearances. This spring, Burger has made 19 plate appearances and has a line of .278/.316/.556.
Burger is a powerful hitter that can send the ball out of the stadium but is he consistent enough to be a solid DH? Maybe in a rotation, he would be. Burger is suffering from some left ankle soreness at this time.
Micker Adolfo has had one hot spring training start and is someone that everyone is talking about. Is it possible he could end up being a mainstay at the designated hitter position? His stats are solid.
With 14 at-bats, he has a slash line of .500/.529/1.529. His excellent spring training play may propel him to the major league roster and set him in as a DH. If anything, the Sox know that they can call upon him out of camp should they feel he can contribute right away. He is out of MiLB options so that changes things up for him.
This may seem like a long shot but it’s possible that Cespedes could step into the role of DH. Maybe it will not right away but in the near future. He’s been solid in spring training slashing .263/.263/.895 in 19 at-bats.
Cespedes might not be ready to go this year but you can bet that he will be ready in the future and will contribute somewhere on this team whether it be at DH or somewhere else.
The White Sox, like any other team in the league, will rotate some regulars through the DH position from time to time as well.
Guys that are likely to see action there, this year, include Eloy Jimenez, Jose Abreu, and Yasmani Grandal. Any of those three would be great at DH. Look for them to be in this role periodically throughout the season.