Chicago White Sox Top 5 Needs For 2013
Chicago White Sox: Top 5 Needs
Looking back at the Chicago White Sox this season there were many things I was impressed with. There were also things that the White Sox needed to improve on in 2011 that they improved on in 2012. I was impressed by the way that the White Sox players played for Robin Ventura. I was also equally impressed that the White Sox were in first place for the majority of the 2012 season.
To be competitive the White Sox needed certain players to actually just hit their career average instead of going in the tank like they did in 2011. The White Sox needed their starting rotation to pitch well also. The 2012 White Sox did that. Adam Dunn was actually hitting and not having a sub .200 year. Alex Rios had a great year as well and played to his potential. Chris Sale showed why he was moved from the bullpen to the starting rotation. A.J. Pierzynski had one of his best years as a member of the White Sox.
So what do the White Sox need to be competitive in 2013? The White Sox have plenty of big name free agents that are leaving. There will be holes to fill at catcher, and third base.
I will get into specifics for each but I will break down what the White Sox need. I will go through what I believe the top 5 things are that the White Sox need for 2013.
Chicago White Sox Fans
I wrote about it before, but White Sox fans need to start coming to support their team. It helps with revenue, it helps with free agents, and it even helps the fan experience. The White Sox were in first place for the majority of the year, there is no reason that a team in Chicago can’t draw over 2 million fans for the year. I understand if the team isn’t winning that fans don’t want to show but that wasn’t the case this year. So White Sox fans where are you?
If the White Sox don’t resign Pierzynski there will be a hole at catcher. Looking to fill that hole will be Tyler Flowers. Flowers has great skills and ever since the White Sox traded for him they have been saying he is the future. Backing up Flowers, if the White Sox don’t sign a veteran catcher would be Gold Glove catcher Josh Phegley.
This has been a problem with the White Sox for a long time. They seem to only want to hit home runs. While this is great and can be fun to watch they need to start playing small ball. One of the reasons the White Sox aren’t in the postseason is because they relied on the home run ball to drive runs home.
Learning How To Bunt
This goes hand in hand with playing small ball. The White Sox need to work on bunting better. They also have to start asking players to bunt that have actually bunted before. So don’t ask a hitter like Kevin Youkilis who has never bunted before in his professional career to bunt. Maybe the White Sox should take a page out of the Chicago Cubs playbook and have a bunting competition next year at Spring Training.
The White Sox need a player at third base. They really haven’t had a strong third baseman since Joe Crede and this has to change. I don’t think that Youkilis will be back. That leaves the White Sox with three options and those options are Brent Morel, Dan Johnson, or Conor Jackson. As long as Morel’s back doesn’t plague him again he will most likely be starting. Morel better be on a short leash. The White Sox can’t afford to wait it out for Morel to improve. This is the most glaring need for the White Sox.