Chicago White Sox Team Preview 2017

Sunk in the funk the Chicago White Sox have averaged 78 wins per season over the last 10 years, reaching the post season only once in that time with the team’s last AL Central division title in 2008.

New manager Rick Renteria slides over into his position after serving as bench coach next to outgoing manager Robin Ventura who resigned at the end of the 2016 season. Renteria most recently managed on the other side of town with the Cubs for the 2014 season before he was replaced by Joe Maddon

Fast becoming a corner stone of the franchise, Jose Abreu hasn’t missed a beat in his three seasons on the South Side posting nearly identical numbers each season averaging 30 home runs and 102 RBI with a .299 batting average and .875 Ops since he’s been in town.

In his first year with the Sox third baseman Todd Frazier reached career-highs with of 40 home runs and 98 RBI. Frazier was acquired in a three-way trade with the L.A. Dodgers and Cincinnati Reds and re-signed a one-year $12 million contract with the White Sox.

Rookie shortstop Tim Anderson made his big league debut on June 10th and lived up to advance billing knocking nine home runs with 30 RBI and 10 stolen bases in 99 games.

Staff ace Chris Sale tied his career-high with 17 wins and led the American League with six complete games striking out 233 batters in 226 innings. With one year at $12 million and two option years at $12.5 and $13.5 million remaining on his contract, Sale was dealt to the Boston Red Sox for 21-year-old, top prospect Cuban infielder Yoan Moncada and three other minor leaguers. The latest in a long lineage of Cuban White Sox running from Minnie Minoso to Jose Abreu, Moncada hit a combined .294 with 15 home runs and 64 RBI at single A Salem and AA Portland before making his big league debut with the Red Sox.

Southpaw Jose Quintana reached a career-high 13 wins making every one of his 32 starts with a 3.20 ERA in 208 innings. Quintana is signed through the 2018 season for a total of $15.5 million with the club holding $10.5 and $11.5 million options for 2019-2020.

Closer David Robertson has turned in a consistent performance the past three seasons saving 39, 34 and 37 games respectively with ERA’s of 3.48, 3.41 and 3.47 in 64, 63 and 62 innings.

Chicago White Sox Prospects to Watch

MLBPipeline.com’s No. 1 player second baseman Yoan Moncada is considered the top five-tool prospect in baseball. A switch-hitting second baseman possessing power and speed, Moncada stole 94 bases in 109 attempts (86%) during his two minor league seasons.

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