Deep Dive: Free agent right fielders

Better late than never: Nicholas Castellanos leads this list of right fielders who could still be available to the White Sox via free agency. (@NickCastellano6) 

[Ed note: After exhaustively detailing 212 prospects, the Deep Dive series comes to an end today. Wow. Tomorrow, we begin our countdown of Top 100 White Sox prospects.]

“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 the acquisition of Nomar Mazara, the need for someone in right field isn’t quite so glaring for the White Sox. This doesn’t mean that the White Sox will totally abandon this list. Nicholas Castellanos, for example, could be the regular DH and perhaps move over to right field when the team faces southpaws. Kole Calhoun could be a better right field solution defensively, shifting Mazara to a platoon situation at DH. A couple of other bats are intriguing as well, like Yasiel Puig and former Sox outfielder Avi García. Unfortunately, there’s no solid platoon bat to team with Mazara for right field on this free agent list. If interested in other guys who can play right field and/or DH, please review the left field, center field and first base/DH Deep Dives published earlier.     

(age as of April 1, 2020)

Nicholas Castellanos
Chicago Cubs
B/T: R/R
2019 bWAR: 2.7
Stats: .289/.337/.525, 615 AB, 58 2B, 27 HR, 73 RBI, 2 SB, 41 BB, 143 K
Other positions played: Left field
Age: 28

Kole Calhoun
B/T: L/L

2019 bWAR: 2.3
Stats: .232/.325/.467, 552 AB, 29 2B, 33 HR, 74 RBI, 4 SB, 70 BB, 162 K
Other positions played: Center field
Age: 32 

Avisaíl García
Tampa Bay Rays
B/T: R/R
2019 bWAR: 2.0
Stats: .282/.332/.464, 489 AB, 25 2B, 20 HR, 72 RBI, 10 SB, 31 BB, 125 K
Age: 28

Cameron Maybin
New York Yankees
B/T: R/R
2019 bWAR: 1.5
Stats: .285/.364/.494, 316 AB, 17 2B, 11 HR, 32 RBI, 9 SB, 30 BB, 72 K
Other positions played: Left field, Center field
Age: 32

Yasiel Puig
Cleveland Indians
B/T: R/R
2019 bWAR: 1.3
Stats: .267/.327/.458, 555 AB, 30 2B, 24 HR, 84 RBI, 19 SB, 44 BB, 133 K
Age: 29

Matt Joyce
Atlanta Braves
B/T: L/R
2019 bWAR: 0.9
Stats: .295/.408/.450, 200 AB, 10 2B, 7 HR, 23 RBI, 0 SB, 38 BB, 45 K
Other positions played: Left field
Age: 35

Steven Souza Jr.
Arizona Diamondbacks

B/T: R/R
2019 bWAR: 0.0
Stats: Injured and didn’t play in 2019
Age: 30

Lonnie Chisenhall
Pittsburgh Pirates

B/T: L/R
2019 bWAR: 0.0
Stats: Didn’t play in 2019
Age: 31

Jon Jay
Chicago White Sox
B/T: L/L
2019 bWAR: -0.8
Stats: .267/.311/.315, 165 AB, 8 2B, 0 HR, 9 RBI, 0 SB, 8 BB, 30 K
Other positions played: Left field

Age: 35

Melky Cabrera
Pittsburgh Pirates

B/T: S/R
2019 bWAR: -1.2
Stats: .280/.313/.399, 378 AB, 22 2B, 7 HR, 47 RBI, 2 SB, 17 BB, 41 K
Other positions played: Left field

Age: 35


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Despite my entire family being Cub fans, I grew up listening to Harry Caray and Jimmy Piersall on the radio as I listened to the entire season of the South Side Hit Men of '77. While it's true I have a myriad of other interests (American history, classic literature, classic rock, classic country, blues, jazz, gardening, family,etc.--not all in that order), few things aside from family surpass my interest in all things baseball--especially the White Sox.

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