Engel signed a one-year, $1.38 million contract with the White Sox on Wednesday, avoiding arbitration.
Engel impressed at the plate while appearing in 36 games for the White Sox in 2020, slashing .295/.333/.477 with three home runs and 12 RBI. He was able to come to an agreement with the club prior to arbitration. The 29-year-old should serve as outfield depth for Chicago to begin the 2021 season.
Engel went 2-for-4 with a double and a solo home run in a win over the A's in Game 1 of the AL Wild Card Series.
He got the start in right field with Leury Garcia in left, replacing Nomar Mazara and Eloy Jimenez (foot) in the outfield corners. Engel came through in a big way while batting near the bottom of the order and this may earn Engel another start in Game 2, even if Jimenez is ready. Mazara has just a .214/.257/.300 slash line in the month of September.
Engel started in left field for the injured Eloy Jimenez (foot) and went 1-for-3 with a double in Friday's 10-0 loss to the Cubs.
Jimenez will not play in the season-ending series against the Cubs due to a right mid-foot sprain, which could extend into the postseason. Engel or Jarrod Dyson will start in left field over the final two games. Engel is enjoying his finest professional season, which has been aided by a .361 BABIP.
Engel entered Thursday's game after Eloy Jimenez departed with soreness in his right foot.
Jimenez will be evaluated Friday and could miss time over the weekend. In that case, the right-handed hitting Engel or lefty Jarrod Dyson will start in left field.
Engel started in right field and went 2-for-4 in Tuesday's 6-2 win over the Twins.
Engel typically starts against left-handers but replaced Nomar Mazara against righty Randy Dobnak. Mazara, who is 2-for-19 over the last six games, is batting a soft .232/.298/.272 over 28 starts this season. After Tuesday's performance, Engel is batting .306/.342/.444. He's outhitting Mazara and is considered the better defender of the two.
Engel went 1-for-1 with an RBI in Monday's 3-1 win over Minnesota.
Engel entered as a pinch hitter for Nomar Mazara in the eighth inning when left-hander Taylor Rogers came in to pitch and delivered the game-winning run. The righty-hitting Engel came up to the majors with a reputation of an all-glove, no-bat outfielder, but he's turned himself into a competent hitter. He's a lineup regular against left-handers and has a .900 OPS against southpaws. He's batting a career-high .294 and has improved as a hitter each season since becoming a major-leaguer in 2017.
Engel started in right field and went 2-for-4 with a run scored in Thursday's 11-6 win over Kansas City.
Per usual, Engel started with the White Sox facing a left-hander. He and Nomar Mazara are platooning in right, so Mazara should return to action Friday against Royals right-hander Brady Singer. Engel is batting .290/.333/.452 over 66 plate appearances in 2020.
Engel started in center field and went 1-for-4 with a double in Thursday's 9-0 win over the Tigers.
Engel started a second straight game in center while Luis Robert nursed a sore hand. Robert could return Friday, but Engel could then move to right field, as the White Sox are scheduled to face Cubs left-hander Jon Lester. The White Sox's primary starter in right field, the left-handed hitting Nomar Mazara, notoriously struggles against southpaws.
Engel started in center field and went 0-for-3 in Wednesday's 5-3 win over the Tigers.
Engel returned from the COVID-19 injured list in time to fill in for the injured Luis Robert (hand) in center field. White Sox manager Rick Renteria said Robert was "just a little sore," suggesting he didn't play Wednesday out of an abundance of caution. Engel could be back to a reserve role as early as Thursday's finale against Detroit.
Engel was activated from the COVID-19 injured list Wednesday.
Engel had been on the list for two days after coming in contact with someone who tested positive for the virus, but he's evidently been cleared to play. He should return to his bench role going forward. Cheslor Cuthbert was designated for assignment in a corresponding move.
The White Sox placed Engel on the COVID-19 injured list Monday, Adam Hoge of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
Engel self-reported Monday that he may have been in contact with someone who tested positive for the coronavirus, so he'll isolate from the team until he clears all COVID-19-related protocols. The outfielder has thus far experienced no symptoms of the virus, but the White Sox are still waiting on the results of his latest COVID-19 test. Chicago selected Luis Gonzalez's contract from their alternate training site to provide an extra body in the outfield until Engel is cleared to return.
Engel is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Tigers.
The 28-year-old had started four of the White Sox's past five games, but he'll likely transition into more of a reserve role now that Nomar Mazara has moved past a foot concern and Edwin Encarnacion (shoulder) has reclaimed the everyday designated-hitter job following a one-week absence from the lineup. Engel could still end up settling into the short side of a platoon with Mazara, who is a career .231/.271/.360 hitter against left-handed pitching.
Engel went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Friday's 2-0 win over Cleveland.
Engel's eighth-inning blast doubled the lead in the low-scoring contest. The outfielder is up to two homers, four RBI and six runs scored in 10 games this year. With Nomar Mazara (foot) expected to return Saturday, Engel will likely retreat to a bench role going forward.
Engel is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Royals.
After making three straight starts, Engel will cede right field to Nicky Delmonico as the White Sox wrap up their series with the Royals. Both Engel and Delmonico could be destined for full-time bench roles as soon as the Sox's next series against the Brewers, as Nomar Mazara (illness) could be activated from the 10-day injured list within the next few days.
Engel went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run in Friday's 3-2 win over the Royals.
Getting the start in right field and batting eighth, Engel took rookie Kris Bubic deep in the second inning for his first homer of the year, and that was all the run support Dallas Keuchel and the White Sox bullpen needed. The 28-year-old has started four of the last five games, but with Nomar Mazara (illness) close to coming off the injured list and Nick Madrigal's promotion pushing Leury Garcia off second base, Engel may have to settle for a short-side platoon role at best once the team's outfield is at full strength.
Engel (undisclosed) entered as a replacement and went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a run scored in Sunday's 14-2 loss to the Twins.
Engel was originally part of the starting lineup but was removed for undisclosed reasons. He was needed after Eloy Jimenez left the game with light-headeness, which suggests the reason behind Engel's removal was not serious.
Engel was removed from Sunday's lineup against the Twins for undisclosed reasons.
Thge 28-year-old was originally set to start in right field and bat ninth, but the White Sox released a revised lineup with Nicky Delmonico in right field. The team didn't announce an injury, so it's unclear if Engel is available off the bench.
With the White Sox placing Nomar Mazara (illness) on the 10-day injured list, Engel is in position to start Friday's opener against the Twins in right field.
Engel has been the primary fill-in for Mazara, who has not been available for the last four days because he's "under the weather," per manager Rick Renteria. Leury Garcia also filled in for Mazara, but he's the presumptive starter at second base. If Mazara's illness is related to COVID-19, he could resume play at any time after clearing protocols, but he's considerably short on time with respect to being available for Opening Day.
Engel started in right field in Sunday's exhibition game against the Cubs, replacing Nomar Mazara (illness), Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.
Mazara reported feeling under the weather, so manager Rick Renteria went with Engel, who is expected to be the White Sox's fourth outfielder in 2020. He could turn into the right-handed-hitting platoon partner with Mazara, who has well documented issues against left-handers. Engel homered in the game.
Engel could serve as a platoon partner in right field if Nomar Mazara struggles against left-handed pitching, Vinnie Duber of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
The White Sox plan to let Mazara start the season as the everyday right fielder, but they are cognizant of his career .633 OPS against southpaws. If Mazara's issues against left-handers persist in 2020, manager Rick Renteria could turn to Engel, the 28-year-old defensive wiz who posted an .841 OPS against lefties in 2019. He hit well during spring training, going 10-for-33 with two home runs, two doubles, 11 RBI and eight runs scored over 35 plate appearances. Engel has never hit enough during the stretches when the White Sox needed him daily, but there's potential for a part-time opportunity in 2020.
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|09/27||vs CHC||L 8-10||4||1||2||1||2||0||0|
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