Deep Dive: Free agent left fielders

In the cards? Marcell Ozuna enjoyed the best bWAR, despite an off-season, among this limited class of left fielders. (Rawlings)


“Deep Dive” focuses on the depth of each position in the Chicago White Sox organization. Each position is broken into a five-part series:

  1. Depth in the rookie levels (Dominican through Great Falls)
  2. Depth in A-ball (Kannapolis and Winston-Salem)
  3. Depth in the higher levels (Birmingham and Charlotte)
  4. Under the Radar-type detail on one of the White Sox players at that position
  5. Free agent options at that position


With Eloy Jiménez seemingly entrenched in left field, the White Sox may look into this group in search of a right fielder. Marcell Ozuna, the best of the bunch, would cost the White Sox a second-round pick and $500,000 international bonus pool money. More economical options include Alex Dickerson and Japanese slugger Yoshitomo Tsutsugo. Most of the other options appear to be reserve outfield depth, although Alex Gordon’s left-handed bat (and defense) could be enough to move Jiménez to right. The list is in order of bWAR, with Tsutsugo given a 0.0 bWAR because he’s yet to play a major league game, although his last season in Japan, adjusted for the tougher competition, could be vaguely comped to Kole Calhoun of the Angels. 

(age as of April 1, 2020)


Marcell Ozuna
St. Louis Cardinals
B/T: R/R
2019 bWAR: 2.2
Stats: .288/.318/.407, 504 AB, 21 2B, 11 HR, 59 RBI, 6 SB, 20 BB, 70 K
Other positions played: None
Age: 30

Alex Gordon
Kansas City Royals
B/T: L/R
2019 bWAR: 1.2
Stats: .266/.345/.396, 556 AB, 31 2B, 13 HR, 76 RBI, 5 SB, 51 BB, 100 K
Other positions played: None
Age: 36

Corey Dickerson
Philadelphia Phillies
B/T: L/R
2019 bWAR: 0.7
Stats: .304/.341/.565, 260 AB, 28 2B, 12 HR, 59 RBI, 1 SB, 16 BB, 56 K
Other positions played: None
Age: 30

Gerardo Parra
Washington Nationals

B/T: L/L
2019 bWAR: 0.6
Stats: .234/.293/.391, 274 AB, 14 2B, 9 HR, 48 RBI, 8 SB, 19 BB, 59 K
Other positions played: Right field, First base, Center field, Second base, Third base 
Age: 32

Yoshitomo Tsutsugo
Yokohama Bay Stars
B/T: L/R
2019 bWAR: 0.0
Stats (Japan): .272/.388/.511, 464 AB, 24 2B, 29 HR, 79 RBI, 0 SB, 88 BB, 141 K
Other positions played: None
Age: 28

Rajai Davis
New York Mets
B/T: R/R
2019 bWAR: -0.1
Stats: .200/.231/.400, 25 AB, 2 2B, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 0 SB, 1 BB, 5 K
Other positions played: Right field
Age: 39

Peter Bourjos
Los Angeles Angels
B/T: R/R
2019 bWAR: -0.4
Stats: .091/.109/.114, 44 AB, 1 2B, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 2 SB, 1 BB, 15 K
Other positions played: Center field, Second base, Third base
Age: 33

Carlos González
Chicago Cubs

B/T: L/L
2019 bWAR: -0.5
Stats: .200/.289/.283, 145 AB, 3 2B, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 0 SB, 3 BB, 18 K
Other positions played: Right field
Age: 34

Curtis Granderson
Miami Marlins

B/T: L/R
2019 bWAR: -0.6
Stats: .183/.281/.356, 317 AB, 17 2B, 12 HR, 34 RBI, 0 SB, 41 BB, 98 K
Other positions played: Right field
Age: 39

Matt Kemp
New York Mets

B/T: R/R
2019 bWAR: -0.9
Stats: .200/.210/.283, 60 AB, 2 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 0 SB, 1 BB, 19 K
Other positions played: None
Age: 35


 

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