Chicago White Sox 2011 Preview

2010 Record: 88-74

2011 Projected Roster

  • Catchers: AJ Pierzynski, Ramon Castro
  • Infielders: Gordon Beckham, Paul Konerko, Alexei Ramirez, Brent Morel, Mark Teahan, Omar Vizquel
  • Outfielders: Adam Dunn, Alex Rios, Carlos Quentin, Juan Pierre, Brent Lillibridge
  • Starters: Jake Peavy, Mark Buehrle, Gavin Floyd, John Danks, Edwin Jackson
  • Bullpen: Matt Thornton, Jesse Crain, Chris Sale, Sergio Sanchez, Tony Pena, Will Ohman, Jeff Marquez

Notable Signings

  1. Adam Dunn: 4 years, $56MM
  2. Jesse Crain: 3 years, $13MM
  3. Will Ohman: 2 years, $4MM

Notable Losses

  1. Manny Ramirez
  2. Bobby Jenks
  3. Freddy Garcia
  4. JJ Putz
  5. Andruw Jones

Top Prospects

  1. Chris Sale: LHP
  2. Jared Mitchell: OF
  3. Brent Morel: 3B

Key Position Battles

  • Third Base: Brent Morel vs. Mark Teahan – Ozzie Guillen has obviously been on the Morel bandwagon from the beginning. Teahan spent some time over there last season before Morel stole the job from him late in the year. Teahan’s finger fracture derailed his season but he has never played up to the potential he was once believed to have. Morel has a slick glove and a steady bat even though he does not tout much power. He has hit .305/.354/.464 at all levels since being drafted in 2008. Teahan will be a lefty utility man off the bench. 3rd Base Pick: Brent Morel
  • Closer: Matt Thornton vs. Chris Sale – The Sox have two of the nastiest left handed relievers in baseball in Thornton and Sale. They are both fireballers who will rack up the strikeouts and can lock down a 9th inning. This battle has been a good one but it looks like Thornton has locked up the job on the South Side. Sale has starter potential so they may want to leave that door open and not lock him into the closer spot. Thornton also has experience that Sale lacks, especially in a 9th inning role. Closer Pick: Matt Thornton

The ChiSox are many people’s favorites to win the AL Central this season(or at least to take it down to the wire with the Tigers and Twins.) They are an even better team than last year with a deeper offense and high hopes for their rotation. The addition of slugger Adam Dunn could prove to be the best offseason move by any team. Dunn could easily

12 Days until Opening Day 2011

hit 50 home runs this season, playing his home games at U.S. Cellular. He will be a power compliment to Paul Konerko, who jacked 39 homers of his own last season. Alexis Rios and Alexei Ramirez will bring a solid power/speed combination to the lineup as well; both with the potential to go 20-20. Gordon Beckham will look to keep his 2nd half production going into 2011. He started off 2010 in a bad sophomore slump but heated up in the 2nd half when he batted .331 with 7 homers in July and August(before hurting his hand in September.) The most important piece of their offense may well be Juan Pierre. If he can continue to get on base at a solid .340+ clip and set up the big boys with his speed they will be very dangerous. This rotation will also be one of the most feared in the American League. Jake Peavy looks ready for Opening Day and will give the ChiSox and added dimension to the pitching staff. The ace has had trouble staying healthy over his career but if this is the year he finally does, he has the potential to return to Cy Young status. The guys behind him in the rotation are not so shabby either. John Danks is extremely consistent and can be relied on for a 3.7 ERA and 15 wins year in and year out. Edwin Jackson seems to be extremely comfortable in the AL Central and Mark Buehrle is a lock to pump out 200 innings(not to mention he has a filthy glove.) Chicago’s bullpen may be more questionable than the rest of their squad but they are still very good. As discussed before Matt Thornton and Chris Sale should be able to lock down the back end of the ‘pen and the addition of veterans Jesse Crain and Will Ohman adds great depth. The White Sox could very easily win this division and are the most talented on paper. This will be a fun division to watch this year.

WTP Projected 2011 Record: 89-73

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