Emilio Bonifacio 2B/CF/DH CWS 2 weeks ago
Bonifacio picked up his first steal of the season in the White Sox's win over the Cubs on Friday.
Bonifacio has posted 20+ steal totals in in all but one of his six seasons in the big leagues, but he is far off that pace in his seventh professional season. He has fallen into a deep reserve role on the South Side, rarely starting and only occasionally appearing as an in-game sub. As such, he only has five steal attempts through 42 games played. As a comparison, he played 41 games in the second half for Atlanta last year and had 14 steal attempts (12 successes).
Emilio Bonifacio 2B/CF/DH CWS 2 months ago
Bonifacio is in the lineup Monday against the Blue Jays.
Bonifacio has not played in each of the last three games, but he'll return to the lineup at second base, taking over for Carlos Sanchez. Bonifacio, who will bat ninth, is hitting .259 with three RBI and seven strikeouts in 27 May at-bats.
Emilio Bonifacio 2B/CF/DH CWS 2 months ago
Bonifacio is not in the lineup Friday against the A's, Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago reports.
Bonifacio will head to the bench after starting two straight as the newly recalled Carlos Sanchez steps in at second base. General manager Rick Hahn clarified that it will be Sanchez who serves as the primary option for now with Micah Johnson demoted to Triple-A.
Emilio Bonifacio 2B/CF/DH CWS 3 months ago
Bonifacio will start at second base and bat ninth Tuesday against the Indians.
Bonifacio saw just one at-bat during the season's first week, but manager Robin Ventura will get the 29-year-old his first start of the year Tuesday with Micah Johnson on the bench against right-hander Carlos Carrasco. The switch-hitting Bonifacio posted just a .221/.266/.272 batting line against right-handed pitching last season.
Emilio Bonifacio 2B/CF/DH CWS 4 months ago
Bonifacio finished the spring with a slash line of .130/.230/.222 in 23 games.
It was a rough spring at the plate for Bonifacio, but he still figures to serve as the team's primary backup option at all three spots in the outfield. He was also in competition for the starting second baseman job in the spring, a role that went to Micah Johnson, so Bonifacio figures to see the majority of his at bats this season in a reserve role.
Emilio Bonifacio 2B/CF/DH CWS 5 months ago
Bonifacio is slated to serve as the White Sox's top backup at all three outfield spots this season, ESPNChicago.com's Doug Padilla reports.In addition, Bonifacio will receive the opportunity to compete for the starting second base job and has seen action at third base and shortstop in the past, though he's graded out as average-to-below-average defensively as an infielder over his career. Instead, Bonifacio's speed and ranginess makes him more ideal as a backup in the outfield, where he'll likely be tasked with stepping in for Melky Cabrera or Avisail Garcia as a late-inning defensive replacement. With a reserve role likely awaiting him this season if he fails to lock down the second base gig, Bonifacio looks like a long shot to log 400 plate appearances again, which figures to result in a decrease in his stolen base total for the fourth consecutive season.
Emilio Bonifacio 2B/CF/DH CWS 7 months ago
Bonifacio has agreed to a one-year, $4 million contract with the White Sox, according to Jon Morosi of Fox Sports.
The White Sox will likely use Bonifacio as their starting second baseman to begin the season, but he could shift into a utility role if Carlos Sanchez or Leury Garcia prove to be better suited for the starting spot. After a red-hot start to the season with the Cubs in 2014, Bonifacio cooled off and was eventually traded to Atlanta. A career .262/.319/.341 hitter, he'll continue to derive most of his value from steals, after going 26-for-32 over 110 games last season.
Emilio Bonifacio 2B/CF/DH CWS 9 months ago
Bonifacio elected free agency.
A trade deadline rental, Bonifacio hit just .212/.273/.280 in 41 games with Atlanta as the Braves faded from relevance down the stretch. While he had a very good first month and still has ample speed, Bonifacio could find himself back in a utility role to open 2015.
Emilio Bonifacio 2B/CF/DH CWS 10 months ago
Bonifacio will start in center field and bat leadoff Saturday against the Rangers.
A changing of the guard may be taking place in Atlanta, as Bonifacio is set to start over B.J. Upton in center for the fourth time in six games. However, Bonifacio has failed to make the most of his increased opportunities, with just one hit in 16 at-bats so far this month, and manager Fredi Gonzalez may be inclined to just go with a timeshare at the position. Moreover, Jason Heyward, who is batting fifth Saturday, seems likely to continue leading off most days.
Emilio Bonifacio 2B/CF/DH CWS 11 months ago
Bonifacio went 4-for-5 with a pair of RBI and stolen base in Thursday's 6-1 win over the Mets.
Bonifacio, who batted second, returned to the lineup, after sitting Wednesday. His performance Thursday was easily his best as a Brave, and could propel him into the starting lineup more often, at least in the short term.