Ranking Chicago White Sox’ Top 5 Players After First 6 Games

Ranking Chicago White Sox' Top 5 Players After First 6 Games

Chicago White Sox Opening Day 2014
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With one week of the 2014 season in the books, here who I think performed best for the Chicago White Sox in the first six games of the year.

5. Felipe Paulino

Felipe Paulino
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5. Felipe Paulino

Felipe Paulino
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Paulino started the second game of the opening series against the Twins, going 5.2 innings and giving up seven hits and one earned run, while walking two and striking out six. Paulino settled for a no-decision when the bullpen blew a one-run lead, sending the game into extra innings. The White Sox went on to win in 11 innings, and the start was a step in the right direction for Paulino as he tries to make 2014 a comeback year.

4. Chris Sale

Chris Sale
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4. Chris Sale

Chris Sale
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The ace and one of the more important faces of the franchise now and in the near future, Sale made his second consecutive Opening Day start against the Twins and didn’t disappoint. In 7.1 innings, he gave up five hits and three runs, walking one and striking out eight. Six days later, Sale bested the Royals by hurling eight innings of four-hit, no-run ball while walking one and striking out six.

3. Tyler Flowers

Tyler Flowers
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3. Tyler Flowers

Tyler Flowers
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After successfully rehabbing a shoulder injury and making small tweaks to his stance, Flowers is off to the best start of his career, going 9-for-18 in the two opening series. He also strung together seven consecutive hits, a feat he claims he’s never accomplished even dating back to high school. After hitting .195 last season, seeing Flowers hitting with confidence early in the season is a great sign for the White Sox.

2. Alejandro De Aza

Alejandro De Aza
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2. Alejandro De Aza

Alejandro De Aza
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De Aza opened 2014 with a bang, hitting two home runs on Opening Day and proving himself to be a powerful part of the left field platoon. Moving down from the leadoff spot has definitely helped, and De Aza has said that he feels much more comfortable at the plate now that he hits in the lower third of the order.

1. Jose Abreu

Jose Abreu
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1. Jose Abreu

Jose Abreu
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Abreu’s performance is one of the most promising signs for the White Sox, and he’s already proved that he can anchor the heart of the batting order. Through six games, Abreu has a line of .261/.379/.435 with two doubles, one triple and six RBIs. In the opening series against the Twins, he went a collective 5-for-12 with four RBIs and was intentionally walked twice.

Nina Zimmerman is a Chicago White Sox writer for RantSports.com. Follow her on Twitter @ninazim8 or add her to your network on Google.

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