Adam Engel

Position: OF
Born: 12/09/91
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 210
B/T: R/R
Acquired: Drafted in the 19th round of the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft (CHW).

Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
Hitting .221 with eight home runs, 16 RBIs and three stolen bases in 42 games at Charlotte (Triple-A), along with a .463 SLG.

Info & MLB Debut Date
Recalled from Charlotte on May 26, when 2B Tyler Saladino went on the 10-day DL.
MLB Debut Date: 05/27/17

Debut Details
May 27, in a 3-0 win against the Tigers in the first game of a doubleheader. Pinch-running for catcher Omar Narvaez, he scored a run. In the bottom of the eighth, with the White Sox leading 1-0, Narvaez led off with a single to left field and Engel came on for him. With one out, he scored on a triple to right field by Leury Garcia.

Player Notes
Originally drafted out of Louisville, Engel had been noted as both the best defensive outfielder in the system and its best and fastest baserunner. Though that latter accolade has now been transferred to the recently acquired Yoan Moncada, he's still fleet of foot. However, in the early going this season he's shown more pop than speed, with a career-high eight homers by mid-May and just three steals (though he's yet to be caught). He struggled a bit early in 2016 at the plate at Birmingham (Double-A), prompting a move down to Winston-Salem (High A) but that's where the magic happened with his hitting coach Charles Poe, and when he got it together, it was just a year before he hit the bigs. In 2016 he combined to hit .259 in 129 games in the three stops, adding seven home runs, 46 RBIs, an organization-high 45 stolen bases and also led the system in runs (90) and triples (12) to earn Baseball America's honor of the system's top minor league performer. In 2015, he'd combined to hit .251 with seven home runs, 43 RBIs and 65 steals along with 23 doubles and nine triples, leading the organization in runs and steals, and placing third overall in the minors in the latter category. He also led the Carolina League (High A) in steals and runs that summer at Winston-Salem. Engel hit his last two home runs in the minors this season in a span of two days, including one to back his teammate Lucas Giolito's seven-inning no-hitter.