Projected Record: 68-94 5th in the AL Central
Potential Lineup: CF Tillson #24, SS Anderson #12, 1B Abreu #79, LF Cabrera #53, 3B Frazier #21, 2B Lawrie #15, C Soto, DH Asche , RF Garcia #26
Potential Rotation: 1.Quintana #62, 2.Gonzalez #58, 3.Rondon #55, 4.Shields #25, 5.Holland
Potential Bullpen: CL Robertson #30, 8th Jones #65, 7th Jennings #43, Putnam #57, Kahnle #48, Ynoa #66, Covey
Potential Bench: C Narvaez #38, IF Sanchez #5, IF/OF Saladino #18, OF Liriano
After two offseasons of trying to build a contender the White Sox finally realized that their plan was a failure and began the rebuilding process this offseason when they traded their ace to Boston for the game’s number one overall prospect Yoan Moncada and a Pitching Prospect Michael Kopech who has been clocked at throwing 110 Miles Per Hour. (Yes You read that right 110 MPH). Looking ahead to 2017 there isn’t much to be excited about for the White Sox but the team still has some pieces that can make trips to the ballpark on the Southside of Chicago worthwhile. A season ago finished 20th in the majors in runs scored. 2017 the offense should not be much different as the only real subtraction is Adam Eaton who was traded to Washington for their top pitching prospect this offseason. The White Sox still have a dangerous middle of the order punch with Jose Abreu and Todd Frazier. Abreu again put up solid numbers in 2016 batting .293 with 25 Home Runs and 100 RBI’s. Frazier knocked out 40 Home Runs, and knocked in 98 runs. Unfortunately these are the only two big bats for the White Sox which will give pitchers the opportunity to pitch around the lineup. The White Sox hope that former offseason additions Melky Cabrera, and Brett Lawrie can produce much more than they did last season in order to have a successful year offensively. The White Sox rotation obviously will take a huge step back with Chris Sale last years all star game starting pitcher on his way to Boston. Luckily however they do have a pitcher ready to step up as an ace. Jose Quintana was also an All Star in 2016 pitching to a 3.20 ERA striking out 181 batters. With Quintana atop the rotation Chicago has a solid ace. Looking through the rest of the rotation however there are a lot of Wild Cards. Once top prospect Carlos Rodon has been a disappointment for the most part pitching to an ERA over four last year but still young he has a lot of upside and can be really solid if he puts things together. The White Sox also have once ace of the Rays and Royals James Shields who is capable of being among the best pitchers in the sport when on his game. Also Michael Gonzalez and Derek Holland are starters with experience and have had some solid years. WIth all that said the White Sox probably won’t be a great rotation but still have chance of being decent. As for the bullpen Chicago finished 16th in bullpen ERA but looking ahead to 2017 there are a lot of young faces in the Chicago Bullpen. David Robertson has done a okay job since signing an at the time record breaking relief pitcher contract with the White Sox. In 2016 Robertson pitched to a 3.47 ERA with 37 saves in 44 opportunities. Nate Jones has proved to be a solid set up guy pitching to a 2.29 ERA in 2016 but other than that there isn’t much of anything in the Chicago bullpen which will be problematic. The White Sox don’t have much of a chance to make the postseason in 2017 but look to see some big name prospects make their debuts and get fans excited for the future on the South Side.