The Chicago White Sox could make a big move for Miguel Andujar if they want.
Micker Adolfo was optioned to Triple-A after having a great spring training, despite having no options remaining. That should tell you that the White Sox thinks he is expendable. Adolfo cleared waivers and is currently playing for the Charlotte Knights.
One could argue that he has the rawest power in the White Sox farm system. Last season, Adolfo crushed 25 home runs between his stints in Birmingham and Charlotte. He is a huge right-handed hitter with quick hands that produce good bat speed through the zone.
His major concern is his high strikeout rate. He has a career rate of 33 percent which will need to be lowered if he wants any shot at sticking around in the big leagues.
However, another thing Adolfo has going for him is his arm. He bounced back from Tommy John’s surgery and has produced 21 outfield assists in seven professional seasons.
Meanwhile, Kelley was a high school standout in 2019. He has a huge arm with fastballs that range from 93 to 98 mph. Despite his raw talent, his first taste of professional baseball was a sour one.
Kelley got lit up for a 7.61 ERA with 26 walks in just 23 2/3 innings. To make matters worse, he showed up out of shape for the 2021 season. His ceiling as a pitcher may be enough for teams to take a flier on him.
Both Adolfo and Kelley are flawed players. But so is Andujar so maybe a change of scenery can do everyone some good.