The Chicago White Sox are currently working through a rebuild and to no one’s surprise they’re 12 games back in the AL central division with a record of 17-36. At first glance, one would simply assume that the Sox are just a bad team; however, they have a lot to be optimistic about. Let’s start with the obvious, Yoan Moncada.
Moncada came over in a trade with the Boston Red Sox that sent ace pitcher Chris Sale to the Red Sox for Moncada and three other prospects. Moncada alone gives any Sox fan hope for the future. This season, Moncada currently has a .745 OPS (On base percentage + slugging percentage), 20 RBIs and seven home runs. Although his stats don’t jump off the page, Moncada has played well. He has all the tools to become an absolute star in the MLB in the coming years. With a full year under his belt after this season he will no doubt gain valuable experience that will help him become a perennial all-star player.
One of the biggest issues this season for the White Sox is their pitching staff. Led by opening day starter James Shields, the starting rotation and bullpen need some serious work. Shields has started 12 games this season and posted a 4.48 ERA with a win/loss record of 1-6. Now, if you look over to the North side and the Chicago Cubs, starting pitcher Yu Darvish isn’t much better statistically. That doesn’t mean much though, the bottom line for the White Sox is their pitching staff needs to be a lot better. They have some interesting prospects down in the minors like Michael Kopech, Alec Hansen and Dylan Cease, but they will all be at least another year off, if not two to three.
One positive twist that could be said of the pitching staff is they’re very young and can only get better as they continue to get starts at the major league level. Aside from James Shields (36) and Hector Sanitago (30), the White Sox current starting pitching staff are 25 years old or under. With time and experience and the exciting names floating around in the minors, the White Sox have the base for a very respectable pitching staff in the years to come.
Currently looking at the Sox and where they are in the standings leaves a lot to be desired, however, the future of the Chicago White Sox may be the most optimistic in all of baseball. Give it a few years Sox fans and we’ll have ourselves a competitive team that everyone in Chicago will be proud of for years to come.