Adam Engel
Adam Engel
27-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Chicago White Sox
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the White Sox in Feb. 2017.
Sent to Triple-A
OFChicago White Sox  AAA
May 5, 2019
Engel was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte following Sunday's game against the Red Sox.
Engel has struggled at the plate, hitting .212 with a home run and four RBI over 26 games. He'll get a chance to find his swing in the minor leagues following Sunday's roster move.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
Since 2017vs Left .604 241 18 1 18 4 .220 .272 .332
Since 2017vs Right .567 616 72 12 36 20 .202 .257 .309
2019vs Left .511 23 3 0 0 0 .150 .261 .250
2019vs Right .700 35 4 1 4 0 .250 .294 .406
2018vs Left .589 127 9 0 8 3 .233 .264 .325
2018vs Right .624 336 40 6 21 13 .236 .284 .340
2017vs Left .647 91 6 1 10 1 .217 .286 .361
2017vs Right .467 245 28 5 11 7 .147 .215 .252
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
OPS on Road
OPS at Home
OPS on Road
OPS on Road
Since 2017Home .548 445 47 9 28 13 .186 .248 .300
Since 2017Away .609 412 43 4 26 11 .230 .276 .333
2019Home .771 36 6 1 2 0 .250 .333 .438
2019Away .390 22 1 0 2 0 .150 .190 .200
2018Home .549 233 19 4 18 10 .211 .251 .298
2018Away .681 230 30 2 11 6 .261 .307 .374
2017Home .499 176 22 4 8 3 .136 .227 .273
2017Away .536 160 12 2 13 5 .197 .244 .293
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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 this season's data (min 100 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.
    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.
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Adam Engel
The Z Files: Second Chances
14 days ago
Todd Zola looks at the pre and post-Memorial Day hitting leaderboards from 2018 to examine how much fortunes can change over the rest of the season, as they did last year for Max Muncy.
The Z Files: Early Playing Time Beneficiaries
28 days ago
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39 days ago
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54 days ago
Erik Siegrist looks over the AL free-agent pool and notes a number of bullpens in turmoil, as well as a young slugger getting a shot in Toronto.
Spring Training Job Battles: Final Update
58 days ago
On the eve of Opening Day, Erik Halterman runs down the list of winners and losers in his final Job Battles update.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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Four-hit performance in twin bill
OFChicago White Sox  AAA
May 2, 2019
Engel went a collective 4-for-5 with an RBI and two runs in Wednesday's doubleheader with the Orioles.
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Won't see expanded role
OFChicago White Sox  AAA
April 18, 2019
Manager Rick Renteria suggested Thursday that Engel would remain the White Sox's fourth outfielder following the demotion of Daniel Palka to Triple-A Charlotte, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
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On bench Sunday
OFChicago White Sox  AAA
April 14, 2019
Engel is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Yankees, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
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Homers in loss
OFChicago White Sox  AAA
April 7, 2019
Engel went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's 12-5 loss to the Mariners.
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Starts for Palka
OFChicago White Sox  AAA
April 6, 2019
Engel was inserted into the starting lineup Friday and went 1-for-3 with a run scored in Friday's 10-8 win over the Mariners.
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