The White Sox end the season fourth place in the AL Central. However, the biggest storyline wasn’t what the Sox did on the field, but off it.
The White Sox as a team played poorly ending the season at 67-95. They rank 22nd in hitting, 25th in pitching and 29th in fielding, according to ESPN’s rankings metrics. While they did not play well they do have many bright spots, and a strong future. Overall the product put on the field was a disappointment—as we expected—but Rick Hahn’s move in the front office are putting the Sox in a great place.
The Sox completed eight trades during the regular season, and after the dust settled the Sox ended up with one of the best farm systems in baseball. The Sox now have six prospects in MLB.com top 100 baseball prospect rankings. Alec Hanson (90th overall), Dylan Cease (57th overall), Blake Rutherford (39th overall), Louis Roberts (22nd overall), Michael Kopech (9th overall), and Eloy Jimenez (4th overall).
On the field the White Sox have come upon some pieces to build off of for the future. At 26 Avisail Garcia had a career year, and could be an important step in the White Sox future. Garcia reached his career highs in hits, double, triples, home runs, RBIs, runs, slugging and on base percentage. Tim Anderson didn’t have as good a season as he did last year, but was able to salvage something. Anderson turned it up post all star break, and batted 40 points higher in the second half. He also hit .339 in the month of September proving once again he can be a part of this team's future.
After the first year of the rebuild we can call it a sterling success. Hahn deconstructed the roster and traded away Jose Quintana, Todd Frazier, Melky Cabrera, and David Robertson. He still has more decision making in the offseason to do with Jose Abreu and Avisail Garcia, but has put himself in a great position to add young talent to his roster.