This is my newsletter about the White Sox from October 17, 2019! Enjoy!
Hello all, and today is a surprise release. I am planning to study the White Sox in the offseason, so here is a sneak preview.
A Special Edition Today: White Sox Can Turn a Corner in 2020 It’s been 11 long years that the White Sox have missed the playoffs. Next year it ends. On paper it is perfect. You have all of the pieces you need to create a successful. Just follow the following chart. Jose Abreu 1B Even though he is a free agent for the upcoming year, this star first baseman won’t be going anywhere. He joked to the press that he would sign himself. But on to the stats. He led the American League in RBI’s and the AL consists of stars like Mike Trout and Aaron Judge. Even Abreu will be 33 before the season begins, age is not a concern to him, or the orgaganization. Yolmer Sanchez 2B He makes this list for being a clubhouse leader and an amazing fielder at 2B. He is a fun personality, but his stats are pretty average. .252 BA, and a .318 OBP. He has a .987 fielding percentage, with is off the charts. Yoan Moncada 3B He was acquired in the blockbuster Chris Sale trade, and he was the gem of the trade. Fans had high hopes, but coming to 2019, most people were thinking bust. Why not? In 2017, he had his first real taste of the bigs, but he only hit .231 with 74 SO. In 54 games. In 2018 Moncada had his worst year of his baseball career, getting a league leading 217 SO while hitting .235. He needed a strong rebound for 2019, and he did just that hitting .315 with 25 HR. He was one of the worst fielders in the league, and I was comparing him to “Jungle” Jim Rivera. The name “Jungle” came from the fact that everytime a ball came to him, it as always an adventure. He switched from 2B to 3B, and he became an above average fielder. Tim Anderson SS Anderson has come a long way since 2018, where he hit a measly .240. He modified his swing a little over the offseason, but that’s not all. When Manny Machado was a free agent, most thought that he would sign with the White Sox. Machado, a 3B, would’ve had to play SS because of Yoan Moncada playing 3B. That would’ve been bad for Anderson, who would’ve been replaced. But he wasn’t, and is one motivated ballplayer. He won the AL batting crown hitting .335. He smacked 18 HR, and only struck out 109 times. He certainly has come a long way. Eloy Jimenez OF The prized prospect from the Cubs had a solid first year. At the beginning of the year, it was a trend that he hit for power on the road, and for average at home. The results from the year were: .267 BA, .828 OPS, 31 HR, and .513 SLUG all while playing 122 games. What’s next for him? At the end of the year, he really showed flashes of greatness, smashing home runs. If he can keep it up in 2020, he will turn some heads. Lucas Giolito P He was the prize of the Adam Eaton trade, and in 2018 he led the league in two categories. Great year, huh? Well one would think that until I tell you the categories. He led the league in ER, and walks. In 2019, everything changed. He finished with a 14-9 record, but that doesn’t show the whole season. After the first half of the season, he was 11-3. He rounded off the year with a 3.41 ERA, down from 6.13 in 2018. He is a star in the making. Key pieces in the rebuild: 3B Yoan Moncada OF Eloy Jimenez P Lucas Giolito Minor pieces in the rebuild: 1B Jose Abreu SS Tim Anderson 2B Yolmer Snachez Busts: P Reynaldo Lopez Key Minor Leaguers: 2B Nick Madrigal OF Luis Robert P Michael Kopech Enjoy!