The solution for the Chicago White Sox could be within their own organization.
Micker Adolfo could finally get his first shot at the major league level. Adolfo is currently ranked as the 18th best prospect in the White Sox organization. He battled for the right-field job during Spring Training and put up a valiant effort. The 25-year-old slashed .435/.500/.783.
The White Sox designated Adolfo for assignment on April 7th. He is out of major league options but managed to clear waivers so the White Sox were able to keep him in the organization.
There is a lot to like physically about Adolfo. He has an above-average arm and lots of raw power. There are some concerns, however. Adolfo has a strikeout rate north of 30% in the minor leagues. He also has a checkered injury past.
Using someone within the organization would not be surprising considering the White Sox’s track record. The lack of free-agent talent also increases Adolfo’s odds of being called up. However, using Adolfo does not come without risk.
They would be putting a tremendous amount of pressure on an unproven rookie. That is not a recipe for success on a contending team. If he struggles and the White Sox choose to option him, again he will once again be on waivers and available to the rest of the league.
Hopefully, regardless of who they go with in left, it helps them win more baseball games in Eloy Jimenez’s absence.