2015 Recap: Chicago White Sox
Chicago White Sox (76-86, fourth in AL Central)
The White Sox are another team that made splashy moves in the offseason by bringing in Jeff Samardzija, David Robertson, Adam LaRoche and Melky Cabrera. The White Sox conformed to the theme of high hopes being dashed towards mediocrity. Samardzija and LaRoche not only didn’t help, but they actually made the team worse. Cabrera and Robertson proved to be serviceable but the White Sox had their third consecutive losing season. They haven’t made the postseason since 2008. But Jose Abreu and Chris Sale are great building blocks to start from.
SP Jose Quintana: GS 32, IP 206.1, ERA 3.36
CF Adam Eaton: G 153, AB 610, HR 14
1B Jose Abreu: G 154, AB 613, HR 30
SP Chris Sale: GS 32, IP 208.2, W-L 13-11
SP Carlos Rodon: GS 23, IP 139.1, ERA 3.75
Biggest need: Second baseman
They gave two young guys the opportunity to impress. 23-year old Carlos Sanchez was adequate defensively but offensively in 413 plate appearances he hit .224 with a .595 OPS. 24-year old Micah Johnson had 112 plate appearances and 36 games and hit 230 with a .576 OPS. He also had a significant negative rating defensively. Experienced players Emilio Bonifacio and Gordon Beckham were better defensively in a little action but they struggled offensively and they work better elsewhere. It was the second worst production in baseball.