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5 Things We’ve Learned from Chicago White Sox’ First 25 Games

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The Chicago White Sox experienced one of the worst seasons in franchise history in 2013. The club's 99-loss campaign was filled with a lack of offense, bad base-running and very poor defense. As the first chunk of this season has now come and gone, the team's improvement and youth infusion have been both evident and beneficial. Here are five things we've learned from the Sox's first 25 games.

5. Jose Abreu Is Legit

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5. Jose Abreu Is Legit

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The Cuban slugger has been as good as advertised--and more. Abreu's MLB career is off to a tremendous start and he's fresh off of being named both the American League's player and rookie of the month. With 12 home runs and 35 RBIs, the Southsiders appear to have one of the most potent sluggers in baseball locked up for at least the next six seasons.

4. This Is a Vastly Improved, Scrappy Team

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4. This Is a Vastly Improved, Scrappy Team

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With the additions of Abreu and center fielder Adam Eaton, White Sox General Manager Rick Hahn reeled in two core pieces for years to come. Both of their presences have already made a world of difference and helped elevate the Sox to one of baseball's best offenses. This team has dealt with a plethora of injuries and still isn't overly talented, but their grit and virtual "TWTW" have made them a very competitive bunch.

3. Tyler Flowers and Dayan Viciedo Are New Ballplayers

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3. Tyler Flowers and Dayan Viciedo Are New Ballplayers

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A lot of credit here deserves to go the way of new White Sox hitting coach Todd Steverson. Flowers and Viciedo had both struggled mightily with their plate approaches prior to his arrival. Both were high-strikeout, low-walk guys and essentially free swingers. Now, they're not trying to do too much and taking what pitchers give them. As of today, both are batting over .300 and have been steady forces in a much-improved lineup.

2. The Bullpen Isn't As Bad As Originally Thought

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2. The Bullpen Isn't As Bad As Originally Thought

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The first three weeks of the season, this bullpen looked as if it was going to be historically bad. The walk rates were almost unbelievable and the total pen ERA was up over seven. Acquisitions Scott Downs and Ronald Belisario were ineffective. Appointed closer Matt Lindstrom wasn't too much better. Now, the group seems to have found their rhythm. The walks are down and the production is up. They have a 1.65 ERA in the last 15 games.

1. The Future is Bright On The Southside

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1. The Future is Bright On The Southside

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The man pictured above is 22-year-old outfielder Avisail Garcia, who unfortunately, has been sidelined for the remainder of this season. Along with Abreu, Eaton, Viciedo, Marcus Semien, Chris Sale, Jose Quintana and more, the White Sox have a very promising young nucleus of highly-talented players. They might not necessarily compete this season, but will in the very near future.