By Demario Phipps-Smith @DemarioPSmith on June 25, 2014
This season has been both sweet and sour for the Chicago White Sox, but right now, the team has hit a stretch of games gone sour. We haven't hit the halfway point in the MLB season and we've already learned much about this young team.
Ronald Belisario isn’t a great relief pitcher, so why is he closing? Your guess is as good as mine. Although, looking at the team's bullpen, there doesn’t appear to be anyone capable of taking the role from Belisario. Where is Bobby Jenks, Addison Reed and Sergio Santos? They aren’t doing so well, but they’d be an improvement.
With the torrid play from Abreu and Sale, the White Sox are proving that they know how to develop young talent. Dayan Viciedo is also hitting pretty well in spite of his insufferable defensive efforts. Avisail Garcia looked impressive in Springball, but a season-ending injury stopped him from reveling in the light of the team's young stars. What is most impressive is the comeback season Gordon Beckham is having.
Jose Abreu is in the top three of long ball hitters in baseball as a rookie. That’s pretty impressive, especially when you factor in the time he’s missed to a leg injury. This guy mashes fastballs, has nice bat speed, and he hits everything hard. He is one of few players who has the ability to turn what looks like a routine fly ball into a run-producing double -- he is that powerful.
Calling the White Sox's pitchers vulnerable is actually an understatement. This club’s pitching is quite horrid and is wasting the admirable production from a young but potent offense. Chris Sale has been superb this year, but everyone else has been everything but. I’m not sure if the White Sox know who the true No. 2 starter is, and the other slots are even more ambiguous.
Offensively, there are few short stops with as many tools as Alexi Ramirez. He can hit for power, contact and he runs the bases well. He is also pretty good defensively, but he is a rare gem with the bat.
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