Chicago White Sox Preview

Last Season

62-100 4th Place in AL Central

The Chicago White Sox continued their rebuild last year and showed flashes of what could be in the future. Yoan Moncada got a full season in the majors under his belt and had a couple of good stretches. Starting pitcher Reynaldo Lopez and Lucas Giolito got some much-needed innings last season. The one downfall for last season is that one of their top prospects, Michael Kopech suffered a tommy john injury and will not return in 2019. Another bright spot from last season is Carlos Rodon returned from injury and looked really sharp the second half of the season.

Strengths for 2019

The White Sox strength heading into the 2019 season will be the back end of their bullpen. To end the game the White Sox will have Alex Colome, Kelvin Herrera,  and Nate Jones at their disposal. Two of the three have extensive closing experience and Jones was looked at as the closer of the future. If the White Sox can carry a lead into the seventh inning, they will have to like their chances of winning. They will also feature flame thrower Thyago Vieira and in a brief stint last year Ian Hamilton and Jace Fry both looked pretty good.

Weaknesses for 2019

The biggest weakness for the White Sox for the 2019 season will be the ability to score runs. While the lineup will provide power with Jose Abreu, Yonder Alonso, and Daniel Palka, the team as a whole does not hit for average. Last year they only batted .241 which ranked 20th in the majors and with the players they added this offseason it will probably not improve too much.

Prospects to watch for

The White Sox have one of the deepest farm systems in the majors and many of them will be ready this season. Top prospect Eloy Jimenez will be up at the end of April after they play the service time game. Zack Collins should finally get the callup at the catcher position this season after showing improvement last year. Pitchers Dylan Cease, Dane Dunning, Alec Hansen, Zack Burdi, and Kodi Medeiros will all see time this season at the big league level especially with the team continuing its rebuild.  

Projected Lineup

  1. OF Jon Jay
  2. SS Tim Anderson
  3. DH Jose Abreu
  4. 1B Yonder Alonso
  5. OF Daniel Palka
  6. 2B Yoan Moncada
  7. C Wellington Castillo
  8. 3B Yolmer Sanchez
  9. OF Adam Engel

Pitching Rotation

  • SP Carlos Rodon
  • SP Reynaldo Lopez
  • SP Ivan Nova
  • SP Lucas Giolito
  • SP Manny Banuelos
  • RP Kelvin Herrera
  • RP Alex Colome
  • RP Nate Jones

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