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.
Engel started in right field and went 1-for-3 with a three-run home run in Wednesday's spring game against the Royals.
Engel finished out 2019 as a regular in the lineup, muscling up to .263/.317/.461 during the month of September, when he hit four of his six home runs. He's shown the ability to hit consistently in short bursts but never over an extended period of time. Engel is looking to become Chicago's fourth outfielder and defensive replacement when needed. If he hits with any regularity, Engel could serve as the right-handed component in a right field platoon with the left-handed hitting Nomar Mazara.
Engel is not in the lineup Tuesday against Cleveland.
Engel has moved into the starting role in center field and has rewarded the White Sox with a 1.050 OPS and four homers over his last 12 games. Leury Garcia slides to center field on this occasion, with Daniel Palka starting in right.
Engel went 2-for-4 in Saturday's 5-3 win over the Tigers.
Engel started in center field for the 13th time in the last 15 games, and he has hit well enough to maintain a presence in the lineup. Hitting with regularity has always been a hurdle to consistent playing time for Engel, who is batting .265 with four home runs and nine RBI during that stretch.
Engel is not starting Wednesday against the Twins.
After starting 10 straight contests, Engel now hits the bench for the second time in three days. Leury Garcia again moves to center field Wednesday, with Daniel Palka in right.
Engel will be on the bench Monday in Minnesota.
Engel hits the bench after starting 10 straight games. Leury Garcia slides to center field in his absence, with Ryan Goins starting in right.
Engel went 2-for-5 with a solo home run in Friday's 9-7 win over the Mariners.
The center fielder went deep in the third inning to cap a three-run frame for the White Sox that knocked Mariners starter Yusei Kikuchi from the game. Engel also singled in the second, but he was caught stealing. The 27-year-old has assembled a modest four-game hitting streak, going 6-for-16 with two homers, two RBI and three runs scored. For the year, he has four homers, 21 RBI and 22 runs scored in 185 at-bats.
Engel sits for the second straight game Wednesday against Cleveland.
Engel's .231/.306/.340 season slash line through 174 plate appearances certainly isn't enough to guarantee an everyday role. Leury Garcia will again slide to center field, with Daniel Palka starting in right.
Engel is not starting Tuesday against Cleveland.
Engel sits after starting 11 of the last 12 games in center field. Leury Garcia shifts to center field in his absence, with Daniel Palka starting in right.
Engel went 1-for-2 with two walks and two runs scored in Sunday's 5-3 loss to the Braves.
Engel reached base three times Sunday and has a .417 on-base percentage over the last 10 contests. He's been productive in small sample-sizes before, but it rarely sustains over longer stretches. Having started nine of the last 10 games, it looks like he'll get plenty of opportunities over the final month of the season. If the speedy outfielder continues to get on base, he brings stolen base potential, having swiped 197 bags in 534 minor-league games. However, he's stolen just three bases thus far with the White Sox in 2019.
Engel went 1-for-4 with an RBI in Friday's 10-7 loss to the Braves.
Engel made his eighth start in the last nine games, benefiting from an injury to Eloy Jimenez (since returned) and the slumping Jon Jay, who was placed on the injured list Friday with a hip injury. Engel is hitting .280 with three doubles and three RBI during this stretch, although he's a career .210 hitter over three MLB seasons. With Jay headed for season-ending surgery, Engel could earn consistent at-bats over the final month if he continues to hit with regularity. Otherwise, Leury Garcia can handle center field with a combination of Ryan Goins (left-handed hitter) and Ryan Cordell (right-handed) in right.
Engel will start in center field and bat ninth Thursday against the Twins.
Included in the lineup for the seventh time in eight game, Engel appears to have unseated Jon Jay as a regular in the White Sox outfield. With a .639 OPS in 154 plate appearances this season, Engel doesn't offer much with the bat, but manager Rick Renteria appears to value the 28-year-old's defensive and baserunning skills.
Engel will start in center field and bat eighth Sunday against the Rangers.
A uptick in recent matchups versus left-handed pitching coupled with Eloy Jimenez's brief absence due to a hip injury have opened up extra room in the outfield for Engel lately. He'll make a fifth straight start Sunday but should be limited to a short-side platoon role moving forward now that Jimenez is healthy again.
Engel went 1-for-4 with a double and two RBI in Friday's 8-3 win over the Rangers.
Engel started in center field, the third straight start for the light-hitting outfielder, who has benefited from Eloy Jimenez's hip injury. Jimenez was available as a pinch hitter Friday, suggesting he could return Saturday and end Engel's run in the starting lineup.
Engel was a late addition to the starting lineup Sunday, replacing Leury Garcia (illness) in center field. He went 0-for-3 in a 2-0 loss to the Athletics.
Garcia's absence is not expected to last too long, so Engel should return to a bench role by Monday or Tuesday. The light-hitting center fielder is batting just .105 (2-for-19) in nine August games (five starts).
Engel started in center field in both ends of Tuesday's doubleheader with the Tigers, going a collective 2-for-7 with two doubles, three RBI and a stolen base. He also reached base after being struck by a pitch.
While Engel delivered a strong day at the plate, he's shown throughout parts of three seasons in the big leagues that he's a well-below-average hitter and brings most of his value through his baserunning and defensive abilities. Those skills should allow Engel to pick up semi-regular work in the White Sox outfield, but he's not expected to get an extended run in an everyday role unless an injury hits one of Eloy Jimenez, Leury Garcia or Jon Jay.
Engel is out of the lineup for the third straight game Monday against Detroit.
Leury Garcia will again be the center fielder, with Jon Jay starting in right. Engel has hit just .147 with a .430 OPS over his last 12 games.
Engel is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Phillies.
Engel will check out of the lineup for the second day in a row while Leury Garcia handles center field. Since being called up from Triple-A Charlotte on July 19, Engel has slashed .256/.304/.372 with a home run, six RBI and two stolen bases across 14 games.
Engel is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Mets.
Engel has started eight straight games since earning a promotion from the minors, going 5-for-25 with one home run and one steal during that stretch. Leury Garcia is manning center field Wednesday, with Jon Jay starting in right field and Eloy Jimenez in left.
Engel started in center field for a third straight game and went 2-for-3 with an RBI in Sunday's 4-2 loss to the Rays.
Engel started all three games since being recalled from Triple-A Charlotte on Friday and produced two hits in each game. While Eloy Jimenez (elbow) is sidelined, Engel will be in position to get consistent at-bats, although his MLB track record (.212 average) needs to be considered.
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