Built around two superstars, the White Sox are not likely to contend, but they'll field useful fantasy assets.
The Chicago White Sox are a fascinating team because they possess two superstars—Chris Sale and Jose Abreu—yet remained decidedly poor. They won 73 games and do not project to contend in the American League Central in 2015, barring some unexpected steps forward and/or a crazy offseason. Some intriguing young talent exists in the everyday lineup; however, the back end of the starting rotation could a shambles once again, and the hell if anyone knows what their bullpen is going to offer fantasy owners.
Again, despite a pessimistic outlook for the team as we head into the upcoming campaign, numerous useful fantasy options should be available. In a few cases, it could present an opportunity for some owners to capitalize on a down-and-out team to which opposing owners have stopped paying attention. And, of course, we’ll all be paying attention to the White Sox during spring training in an attempt to decipher their plans regarding Carlos Rodon because he could be an immediate fantasy weapon.
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In a repeat matchup, David Price shows the many things he can do, and teaches us something about Abreu in the process.
Even before he received a proper introduction, David Price seemed to respect Jose Abreu. Consider how Price approached Abreu during their first encounter. Price pitched to him three times, and all but doffed his cap with his pitch selection. The intent was clear: Price wanted to keep Abreu's barrel off the fastball, hence why he threw him a changeup in a different situation each time. First it was in a 1-0 count, then as the 1-1 offering, and lastly to begin the day's final conflict, which led to this resolution:
Taking a tour through BP's two decades of writing about Paul Konerko.
As the season comes to an end, so too does Paul Konerko's career. In honor of his retirement, and to look back at his long, successful career, let's review 18 years of BP Annual comments about him, as he grew from disappointing prospect into one of the sport's most respected elders.
Big days for Papi and Adam Jones, bad days for the Royals and fans of position players pitching.
The Monday Takeaway
On Sunday, the Red Sox hung a career-worst nine hits and six runs on Royals starter Yordano Ventura. On Monday, they treated Blue Jays starter Drew Hutchison with similar disregard. But while Boston’s assault on Kansas City pitching ended when Ventura hit the showers, the Sox had no such mercy on Toronto’s mop-up man.
The White Sox lefty tops All-Star Game skipper John Farrell's Red Sox, plus more from Wednesday and what to watch on Thursday.
The Wednesday Takeaway
When the rosters for next week’s All-Star Game were revealed on Sunday, arguably the most glaring omission from either side was the absence of Chris Sale. The lanky southpaw did miss a month of the season with a muscle strain in his pitching elbow, but on a start-by-start basis, he’s been one of the most dominant starting pitchers in baseball. The White Sox are well represented at the Midsummer Classic and Sale is still likely to make the trip to Target Field—he currently leads the American League Final Vote. But their skipper, Robin Ventura, still questioned how Sale’s gaudy numbers didn’t earn him an automatic ticket to the event.
Jones didn't make it into the Annual this year, but now he's contributing. Here's why/how/what/etc.
Roughly 2,100 players got a write-up in Baseball Prospectus 2014, which is enough to cover every player on every team’s 40-man roster, plus every team’s top 10 prospects, plus 700 or so spare names (depending on 40-man/top-10 overlap)—in other words, every player you could possibly want to know about, plus an entire shadow league of players, big enough to staff 20 or 25 more teams’ active rosters. And yet, it’s not quite enough to cover everybody who will play in the big leagues this season.