Chicago White Sox: Ranking The Top 5 Standouts So Far This Spring
Chicago White Sox: Top 5 Standout Players So Far This Spring
Expectations were high for the Chicago White Sox at the start of the 2013 MLB season. Robin Ventura was starting his second year as a manager after enjoying some success the year before, and the team was hoping to improve on their second-place finish. It didn’t quite happen that way as the White Sox lost 99 games, which was their highest loss total since 1970 when they lost 106. Tommy John was the ace of that staff and the White Sox had three managers that year.
It was a difficult year all around for the White Sox. One of the best things about the spring is you get to start all over again. Chicago made a pretty big splash when they signed Cuban Jose Abreu to a pretty hefty contract to be the first baseman of the future. They also acquired Adam Eaton and Matt Davidson in trades with the Arizona Diamondbacks, both filling needs long-term to make this team better. Eaton gives the White Sox a speedy leadoff hitter, and Davidson fills a need at third base.
It has been well documented how competitive the AL Central is going to be this year with the Detroit Tigers emerging as the front-runner with the Cleveland Indians and Kansas City Royals battling it out for second. The White Sox have a lot of work to do, but will certainly be improved from last season.
Spring Training is in full swing with Opening Day just around the corner. Some players have done well for themselves so far and others have struggled a bit. I am going to be taking a look at the top five players I feel that have stood out the most so far for the White Sox.
5. Jordan Danks, CF
Trying to crack the White Sox lineup full-time is outfielder Jordan Danks. During this spring, so far he is 4-for-13 with a home run and three runs scored. One knock so far is that he is striking out a lot, which is common but is something that he needs to improve on if he wants to be a fixture in the outfield for the White Sox.
4. Dylan Axelrod, P
Dylan Axelrod is looking to fill a spot in the White Sox pitching staff. This spring, he has appeared in one game, going three innings. He allowed two hits but struck out three and didn't give up a run. Axelrod has his work cut out for him if he wants to make the starting rotation.
3. Donnie Veal, P
Veal has good strikeout numbers, but does allow a lot of base runners. This spring, he has appeared in three games, walking just one batter and not giving up any hits.
2. Adam Eaton, LF
Eaton has the ability to get on base a lot, setting the table for the rest of the hitters in the lineup. In four games so far this spring, Eaton is 5-for-9 with a walk and a stolen base. It looks as if the White Sox have found their leadoff man, although it's too early to tell.
1. Andy Wilkins, 1B
The player who has stood out the most so far in my opinion is Andy Wilkins. The 25-year old first baseman has yet to make his MLB debut, and may have a harder time now that the White Sox have Jose Abreu for the next six years playing that position. However, in five games, Wilkins is 3-for-6 with a one homer, three RBIs and four runs scored. He is certainly making his case.