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Grading the White Sox: Seby Zavala

All-around improvement? From a catcher?

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Seby Zavala started the season as the second catcher for the Charlotte Knights. He ended it as the starting backstop for the Chicago White Sox.
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At midseason, the SSS staff graded the 46-46 White Sox, from the head of the class Dylan Cease down to Dallas Keuchel. We invented a WARsss metric that could very well be just a cute way to trot out our special site grades — but really for all you know could be the product of years of research in a stats lab.

Our expanded report card will take us through everyone who saw time in uniform for the White Sox, plus some front-office types. Most of our writers will take on a couple of players, with final grades and short writeups, running through the end of November. Enjoy!


Seby Zavala
Catcher
Midseason: 3.5 WARsss
Final 4.0 WARsss

Seby Zavala was one of the few offensive bright spots for the White Sox in 2022. After failing to impress team brass last year in limited at-bats last year, Hahn brought in the defensive-minded Reese McGuire from Toronto, forcing Zavala back to Charlotte. Despite that, injuries forced Zavala to return, and, this time around, he made the most of his at-bats. After playing well enough to free up Hahn to trade McGuire to Boston, Zavala continued to do well both offensively and with this White Sox pitching staff, as Yasmani Grandal looks to be running on fumes. For a team that has had as much trouble developing catchers as finding a right fielder or left-handed bat, Seby Zavala has been one hell of a silver lining.


2022 White Sox Grades

Seby Zavala, C, 4.0
Luis Robert, CF, 3.7
Lance Lynn, RHSP, 3.5
Miguel Cairo, Bench Coach/MGR, 3.48
Tim Anderson, SS, 3.43
Kendall Graveman, RHRP, 3.1
Josh Harrison, 2B, 3.0
Gavin Sheets, RF-1B, 2.5
Jake Burger, 3B, 2.2
Romy González, IF, 2.0
Aaron Bummer, LHRP, 1.8
AJ Pollock, OF, 1.3
Matt Foster, RHRP, 1.2
Yoán Moncada, 3B, 0.92
Lenyn Sosa, SS, 0.85
José Ruiz, RHRP, 0.83
Mark Payton, OF, 0.6
Carlos Pérez, C, 0.399
Lucas Giolito, RHSP, 0.392
Adam Engel, OF, 0.237
Vince Velasquez, RHP, -0.4
Reese McGuire, C, -1.1
Kyle Crick, RHRP, -1.65
Joe Kelly, RHRP, -1.75
Daryl Boston, 1B Coach, -2.0
Anderson Severino, LHRP, -2.2
Jerry Reinsdorf, OWN, -2.321
Jake Diekman, LHRP, -2.366
Rick Hahn, GM, -2.401
Bennett Sousa, LHRP, -2.425
Frank Menechino, BAT COACH, -2.469
Yasmani Grandal, C/DH, -2.549
Leury García, UTIL, -2.7
Adam Haseley, OF, -3.146
Joe McEwing, 3B Coach, -3.167
Ryan Burr, RHRP, -3.4
Tony La Russa, MGR, -3.5
Dallas Keuchel, LHSP, -3.9

Poll

An actual pleasant surprise from the White Sox! How did we do on our Seby grade?

  • 10%
    Too harsh, he was a godsend and forced Yaz out from behind the plate.
    (7 votes)
  • 15%
    Too easy, what exactly did he do to help in 2022?
    (10 votes)
  • 73%
    Right on, an essential player heading to 2023.
    (47 votes)
64 votes total Vote Now