Gavin Sheets is off to a slow start with the Chicago White Sox to begin 2022.
Out of all the players on the list, Sheets will be given the most leeway since he is a left-handed power bat. He will also be afforded the most time to figure things out since Eloy Jimenez will be out for at least the next six weeks.
Last season Sheets launched 11 home runs in 54 games and had a great showing in the ALDS. But he has gotten off to an abysmal start of the season.
He is batting .213 with just a pair of RBIs and a single home run. In his last 15 games, he has struck out 11 times and owns a .298 slugging percentage.
The fact that he can’t hit left-handers or play good defense in the outfield is also concerning. In Sheets defense, he is not a natural outfielder. But Jose Abreu has first base locked down so Sheets is relegated to designated hitter and corner outfield duties.
Andrew Vaughn’s hot start to the season only increases the pressure on Sheets who was supposed to serve as a platoon player with Vaughn.
Once Eloy Jimenez is set to return from the lineup, Rick Hahn and Tony La Russa will have a tough decision on their hands. Adam Engel’s defense is too valuable and Andrew Vaughn is crushing the baseball. Neither of them will be sent down.
Meanwhile, Jake Burger has proven to be a valuable piece and has surprised people with his defense at third base. He won’t be going anywhere when Moncada and Eloy return either.
As bad as Josh Harrison has been, the White Sox are not going to have Leury Garcia as the only second baseman on the roster.
Sheets needs to improve his offensive production or his roster spot could be in jeopardy. It isn’t likely for May 2nd but you never know.