Chicago White Sox: Looking Towards 2014
By Brian Madsen (White Sox Correspondent): Follow @brianm731Follow @mlbreports
Here are the White Sox, in last place in the AL Central, behind just the Astros, Marlins and Cubs for the worst record in the game. And though the season hasn’t been a good one, there are some bright spots.
Chris Sale has continued to flourish, posting a 2.99 ERA with 193 K’s, and a 1.06 WHIP in 25 games, some of the best numbers in baseball. Sale is just one of several young, promising Sox pitchers.
Jose Quintana has had another solid season. In 27 starts, Quintana has a 3.66 ERA with 138 K’s.
Recently, the Sox called up the young Andre Rienzo (who would have thought, a right-hander!!) to the majors, and he has also impressed.
Rienzo became the first Brazilian born pitcher to start a MLB game. In 6 starts, Rienzo has a 4.21 ERA, but with just one decision.
That’s been the theme for the White Sox this year. Solid starting pitching, little offense. They traded veteran right-hander Jake Peavy, in a three team deal, to the Boston Red Sox.
The third team involved in that deal was the Detroit Tigers, from which the Sox acquired Avisail Garcia. Garcia was Detroit’s #2 rated prospect in their farm system.
Garcia was immediately assigned to the White Sox Triple A affiliate, Charlotte Knights. His stay in Charlotte wasn’t long, as the Sox soon traded Alex Rios to the Texas Rangers in a waiver deal.
Garcia was immediately called up to the big league club, where he has been the Sox starting right-fielder since.
In the last week, the Sox called up Leury Garcia to the big league club. Garcia (one of two Garcia’s acquired at the trade deadline by the Sox) was the PTBNL in the deal with Texas for Alex Rios.
Both Garcia’s have impressive so far since their arrival in Chicago.
Avisail has hit over .300 since joining the White Sox and hit his first HR in a Sox uniform last night against the Astros. With that HR, Avisail became the 600th player in White Sox history to hit a HR.
Some people in the Tigers organization referred to Garcia as “Mini-Miggy”, a huge compliment for sure. White Sox fans certainly don’t want to raise their expectations of Garcia’s potential that high, just yet. But he does project as a 5-tool player, and should be a cornerstone in the Sox lineup for years to come.
Leury Garcia has shown speed on the base-paths that White Sox haven’t seen since Scott Podsednik. While solid defensively, Leury has struggled at the plate. In order to display the great speed he possesses, he needs to get on base at a higher clip.
Gordon Beckham has had a solid year, both at the plate, and in the field.
What was once considered to be one of the best double-play combos in the game in recent years, Beckham’s partnership has been lackluster this season with the struggles of Alexei Ramirez at SS.
What was a strong suit for Ramirez, has turned into a weakness with 21 errors and a .964 fielding percentage so far in 2013.
Many believe that Ramirez’ struggles defensively are mental, and can be corrected during the off-season. He certainly hasn’t carried his defensive troubles to the plate, as he’s hitting .287.
Maybe 2014 will be the year he puts both quality offense and defense together.
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