Adam Engel

Adam Engel

30-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Chicago White Sox
2022 Fantasy Outlook
Engel had a 18 home runs and a .601 OPS in 329 games over his first three seasons in the league, but he's slashing .270/.335/.488 in the past two years. The major caveat is that success comes from only 75 games due to the shortened 2020 campaign and injury issues last year. He's cut his strikeout rate from 30.0 percent to 21.5 percent, though his walk rate remains low at 6.0 percent. The 30-year-old appeared poised to split playing time in right field with Andrew Vaughn and Gavin Sheets, but the acquisition of AJ Pollock late in spring training gives the White Sox their clear starter. Engel should serve as Chicago's fourth outfielder but could see an uptick in playing time when Pollock inevitably misses some time. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#597
ADP
$Signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the White Sox in March of 2022.
Should be primary CF this week
OFChicago White Sox
May 24, 2022
Engel will start in center field and bat ninth Tuesday against the Red Sox.
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Engel had faded into a fourth-outfielder role following Andrew Vaughn's recent return from the 10-day injured list, but Luis Robert's (illness) move to the COVID-19-related IL on Tuesday reopens a window of playing time for Engel. With general manager Rick Hahn noting that he doesn't expect Robert to be ready to return from the IL until next week, Engel could be in line to start all five of Chicago's games this week. Leury Garcia profiles as the next man up in center field behind Engel, but the White Sox have preferred to deploy Garcia as their main second baseman ahead of Josh Harrison of late.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
1
2
10
2
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
6
3
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+3%
OPS vs RHP
2022
 
 
+50%
OPS vs LHP
2021
 
 
+46%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
+5%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020vs Left .734 112 11 4 14 2 .245 .313 .422
Since 2020vs Right .757 219 32 6 19 11 .256 .320 .437
2022vs Left .825 29 3 1 4 1 .240 .345 .480
2022vs Right .550 73 9 0 1 4 .217 .260 .290
2021vs Left .643 49 4 2 3 0 .200 .265 .378
2021vs Right .938 91 17 5 15 7 .282 .374 .564
2020vs Left .790 34 4 1 7 1 .313 .353 .438
2020vs Right .751 55 6 1 3 0 .269 .309 .442
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+11%
OPS on Road
2022
 
 
+2%
OPS on Road
2021
 
 
+42%
OPS on Road
2020
 
 
+24%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020Home .708 153 17 5 11 6 .234 .314 .394
Since 2020Away .784 178 26 5 22 7 .268 .320 .463
2022Home .617 48 6 1 2 3 .209 .292 .326
2022Away .631 54 6 0 3 2 .235 .278 .353
2021Home .672 62 7 3 6 3 .173 .306 .365
2021Away .951 78 14 4 12 4 .310 .359 .592
2020Home .849 43 4 1 3 0 .333 .349 .500
2020Away .685 46 6 1 7 1 .238 .304 .381
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Stat Review
How does Adam Engel compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.28
 
BB Rate
6.7%
 
K Rate
23.8%
 
BABIP
.282
 
ISO
.113
 
AVG
.216
 
OBP
.276
 
SLG
.330
 
OPS
.606
 
wOBA
.279
 
Exit Velocity
89.2 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
23.6%
 
Barrels/PA
1.0%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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For some, Engel is the walking personification of the thin times throughout the most recent White Sox rebuild. He peaked at 463 PA in 2018 -- the numbers show he had no business playing that much. Now that the team is ready to push for a World Series, Engel is in danger of being phased out. His defense may keep him around on a second-division team.
Engel's opportunities dried up in 2019, as he spent much of the first half in the minors and received just 248 major-league plate appearances after receiving 463 the season prior. His offense actually improved, as his .242/.304/.383 slash line was better than his .235/.279/.336 line in 2018. His 2019 performance was still quite poor, good enough only for an elite defensive center fielder, which Engel doesn't appear to be. The one area where he provided fantasy owners with respectable value in 2018, his 16 stolen bases, evaporated last year, as he swiped just three bags. Engel now has 1,047 major-league plate appearances under his belt as he heads into his age-28 season. With a career .215/.271/.330 slash line and a 30.9% strikeout rate, he shouldn't even be considered a lock for a bench role and isn't likely to be a fantasy asset even if he ends up with unexpected playing time.
Engel more or less lived up to expectations in 2018. He swiped just 16 bags, but in today's low-speed era, that's not nothing, as it tied him for 32nd in the league. He provided very little value elsewhere, hitting just .235/.279/.336 with six homers in 463 plate appearances. Despite his speed, his defense graded out as within a run of average by both UZR and DRS. It's questionable whether he'll have value even in deep leagues moving forward, as he could fall by the wayside as the White Sox start to trend toward competitiveness. A bat as light as Engel's is clearly best suited for a bench role.
If you are looking for cheap speed in deep AL-only leagues, Engel is someone you should target. He is an 80-grade speedster that can fly once he is on the bases. The problem with Engel is that he has struggled to reach base since leaving Double-A ball. He has a .306 OBP at Triple-A in just over 350 plate appearances and had an abysmal .235 OBP in nearly the same amount of major-league plate appearances last year. He stole 65 bases in High-A ball in 2015 and was up to 31 in half a season of Double-A ball as recently as 2016. Triple-A and the majors have exposed him to strikeouts at levels typically associated with sluggers rather than his slash-and-dash skills. If he can change his swing to get shorter to the ball and rely upon his speed, there may be something there. As it were, he is a defensive specialist and a pinch runner who could steal 10-15 bases in limited playing time.
Engel spent all of 2015 at High-A Winston-Salem. He developed a keen sense of the strike zone during his time there, and despite striking out 132 times in 608 plate appearances, he posted on-base percentages above .380 in July and August. He kept the momentum going in the Arizona Fall League, where he won the league MVP award and was among the league leaders in batting average and OPS. His speed and athleticism are his key tools, and he could emerge as more than a fourth outfielder type if he continues to get on base at a strong clip. He should spend most, if not all, of 2016 at Double-A.
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Back on bench for Game 1
OFChicago White Sox
May 17, 2022
Engel is out of the lineup for the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader with the Royals.
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Swipes fifth bag
OFChicago White Sox
May 16, 2022
Engel went 1-for-4 with a stolen base Monday against the Royals.
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Tallies first homer
OFChicago White Sox
May 15, 2022
Engel went 1-for-3 with a solo home run Sunday against the Yankees.
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Swipes fourth bag
OFChicago White Sox
May 14, 2022
Engel went 1-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base in Saturday's 3-2 win over the Yankees.
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Sits again Monday
OFChicago White Sox
May 9, 2022
Engel is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Guardians, Vinnie Duber of AllCHGO.com reports.
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