2014 MLB Preview and Rankings: #28 Chicago White Sox

Published: Mar 07, 2014 19:46pm EST
By Michael Owen, Sports Writer for Konsume Sports

Please Note: This article was updated Mar 07, 2014 @ 07:46pm EST

 

Spring training games have already begun and Opening Day is still a few weeks away, but the rite of passage that comes every Spring and finally getting to see actual ballgames going on in Florida and Arizona is enough to get any fan going.

There is still a lot of work to be done for some teams, position battles, last minute signings and so on. While one of the best things about Spring Training is that when it starts, anything can happen and every team has a chance.  Unfortunately for many teams those hopes can be shattered and lost by May.

As we begin playing ball, we have a pretty good idea of where each team stands and while each season is unpredictable, things can change at the drop of an Ace lefties torn rotator cuff.  

Over the next few weeks we'll give you a preseason ranking and analysis of each team daily.  feel free to disagree and voice your opinion

So with with all that being said, here we go:

 

28. Chicago White Sox

 

 

 

The 2013 White Sox finished a dismal 63-99 and for the first time since 1989 finshed last in the AL Central.  The Southsiders were buried 30 games back last year and this year doesn't seem to have that bright of an outlook either.

The ChiSox finished near the bottom in both batting, on base percentage and dead last in the AL for runs cored.  Hoping to change this trend, the White Sox have brought in Todd Steverson as hitting coach and grabbed a blast from their past by bringing on Harold Baines as assistant hitting coach.  Their primary task is to develop a free swingin g roster into a more patient one.  Last year only the Brewers had fewer walks than the White Sox.

As for the pitching staff, many improvements can be made from a a staff that finished in the bottom third of the league in efficiency and 19th in ERA.  They have plenty of room for improvement.

With plenty to do in his 2nd season as GM, Rick Hahn has basically overhauled his roster. Almost the entire bullpen has been replaced and are pitching elsewhere in 2014 and  as of now, there is a lot of uncertainty about who will close in 2014. 

In the rotation, only starting pitchers Chris Sale and Jose Quintana would be considered reliable arms.  I might even go so far as to say that Sale is more than reliable and may be a future Cy Young winner. 

The organization made several other moves on the offensive side.  Nearly half of their lineup has been replaced.  The big off season moves were signing Cuban free agent Jose Dariel Abreu to take over first base from Paul Konerko, who will be playing his final season, and trading for leadoff hitter Adam Eaton. Things are actually looking up for this offense, however after digging themselves down so deep , they have plenty of room to improve.

Prediction: 66-96

PREVIOUS RANKINGS

30. Houston Astros  62-100

 

 

 

29. Miami Marlins 64-98

 

 

 


 

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