The Chicago White Sox have acquired outfielder Nomar Mazara from the Texas Rangers for outfield prospect Steele Walker. The White Sox have continued to be aggressive this offseason as their young nucleus looks to be ready to compete.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 11, 2019
Chicago White Sox Acquire Nomar Mazara
Nomar the New Pale Hose
Nomar Mazara was signed as an undrafted amateur free agent in 2011 when he was 16 years old. Mazara 24, has had four straight solid seasons. Mazara’s career batting average is .261 with 79 HR and 308 RBI. In six minor league seasons, Mazara batted .270 with 56 HR and 263 RBI.
He joins an outfield with the 22-year-old stud left fielder Eloy Jimenez and the 28-year-old Leury Garcia. The latest move by the White Sox comes after already re-signing first baseman Jose Abreu and signing catcher Yasmani Grandal.
Chicago is building a rather impressive offensive team. In addition to the outfield, Grandal provides a two-way catcher and Abreu is the team veteran who is still a plus offensive player. When you add in shortstop Tim Anderson and third baseman Yoan Moncada you would be hard-pressed to find a soft spot in that lineup.
The starting pitching needs to get better and you would expect the White Sox to address these needs next.
Walker Texas Ranger
Steele Walker was a second-round pick in the 2018 MLB draft. Walker played three seasons at the University Of Oklahoma. In three years with the Sooners, Walker batted .326 with 24 HR and 136 RBI in 648 at-bats.
Walker has played two seasons as a minor leaguer for the White Sox. His batting average is .265 with 15 HR and 85 RBI in 615 at-bats. Walker is an average defensive player so his bat is what will get him to the major leagues. The left-handed-hitting Walker has a smooth swing that should translate to above-average power. He has average foot speed and arm strength for a centerfielder which could mean a move to a corner outfield spot is in his future.