This White Sox team FINALLY made the switch from throwing their money at free agents to actually trying to rebuild this squad. While I don’t expect much from this team, the young talent is going to be a blast to watch. My biggest complaint with this team has been the front office. Poor coaching decisions mixed with poor free agent decisions has allowed for a decent team with the potential to underperform.
Fast forward to this offseason now we see that change a shift in ideology with blockbuster trades of Chris Sale to Boston and Adam Eaton to Washington. Yielding young studs like Yoan Moncada, Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez, and Michael Koepech. Resulting in the #1 hitting prospect in Moncada and #1 pitching prospect in Giolito. Let’s be honest I don’t think they are done either. They still have five very interesting players other teams will be interested in; like Quintana, Abreu, Frazier, Robertson, and Cabrera.
2017 Prediction (70-92)
- Anderson SS
- Cabrera LF
- Abreu 1st
- Frazier 3rd
- Lawrie DH
- Garcia RF
- Narvaez C
- Moncada 2nd
- Tilson CF
- Quintana (Until he is traded)
I believe Giolito and Lopez start the year in AAA and most likely Giolito will be up by the all-star break of not before when Quintana gets traded.
Jose Quintana SP- With the departure of my man crush Chris Sale, Quintana moves into the role of the Sox ace. Last year he posted a 13-12 record 3.20 ERA with a 1.16 WHIP and 181 strikeouts. Quintana’s era has continued to drop in his five years with the Sox while hitting the magic 200 IP four of the five years. If Quintana were on any contending team, I would be extremely excited about him. Unfortunately, until he is traded the wins won’t be there for him. While another 13 win season isn’t far-fetched, the chances of the fire sale continuing until the trade deadline are pretty high, and the chances of him winning many games will be pretty low. A trade to the Rangers or Astros will benefit both teams as Quintana will bring some very good prospects to the Sox.
Tim Anderson SS- Anderson came up and played 99 games with the Sox last year. Posting a .283 AVG 9 HR 30 RBI and 10 SB. While the power numbers aren’t there, I expect Anderson to contribute at the top of the Sox lineup. If Cabrera, Abreu, And Frazier don’t get moved Anderson has the chance for 80+ runs scored and 30 SB. Anderson has the potential to be a top ten SS, and the future is very bright with Moncada and Anderson hitting 1-2 for many years to come. Anderson is a stash in dynasty baseball leagues.
Jose Abreu 1st- Jose is an underrated stud. While the HR numbered decreased the last three years from 36 to 30 to 25, his RBI numbers have remained consistent in his three years in the MLB. He has never hit under .290 while he has been a major leaguer. From the 2015 season to the 2016 season we did see a fall in his run scored, but I look the lack of hitters behind him to explain that. Like Quintana, I think Abreu can bring a significant return in prospects if he was dealt a contending team. With the retirement of Ortiz…maybe Abreu to Boston? Look out Green Monster!
I will hopefully have a write-up about Giolito, Moncada, Kopech, and Lopez next week sometime.