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Hello, everyone! My name is Zack Burgess and I am excited to be joining the Razzball.com Fantasy Baseball crew. I have played Fantasy sports since 2007 and haven’t looked back. I am looking forward to providing the best possible content for you fine folks to read. So without further ado, here is my Team Preview of the Chicago White Sox. I have paired up with Joshua Nelson from South Side Sox for this venture. I hope you guys enjoy!

2017 Chicago White Sox Depth Chart and Projections

Starting Lineup

Pos Player AB R HR RBI SB AVG wRC+
C Omar Narvaez 210 21 3 20 1 0.250 76
1B Jose Abreu 553 76 26 88 2 0.282 118
2B Yolmer Sanchez 166 17 3 17 4 0.246 88
3B Todd Frazier 557 75 29 87 12 0.239 101
SS Tim Anderson 601 70 12 59 21 0.269 82
LF Melky Cabrera 553 71 14 68 2 0.289 107
CF Charlie Tilson 347 37 5 35 12 0.262 83
RF Avisail Garcia 343 40 12 44 5 0.262 96
DH Matt Davidson 261 30 10 31 1 0.209 73

Bench

Pos Player AB R HR RBI SB AVG wRC+
OF Rymer Liriano 331 39 9 37 8 0.243 87
C Geovany Soto 173 20 7 21 1 0.221 79
OF Leury Garcia 54 6 1 5 3 0.256 74
IF Yoan Moncada 213 25 5 23 12 0.225 78
IF/OF Cody Asche 70 8 2 9 1 0.243 88
IF Tyler Saladino 192 22 4 21 8 0.253 80

Rotation

Role Player W IP K ERA WHIP FIP
SP1 Jose Quintana 12 204 181 3.74 1.21 3.79
SP2 James Shields 7 164 127 5.08 1.45 5.09
SP3 Carlos Rodon 9 162 165 3.91 1.29 3.93
SP4 Miguel Gonzalez 7 139 105 4.82 1.36 4.79
SP5 Derek Holland 6 109 82 4.72 1.39 4.81

Bullpen

Role Player W SV IP K ERA WHIP
RP Reynaldo Lopez 5 0 89 88 4.22 1.34
RP Nate Jones 3 6 65 74 3.22 1.15
RP David Robertson 3 28 65 75 3.52 1.21
RP Lucas Giolito 3 0 63 54 4.93 1.47
RP Tommy Kahnle 3 2 55 60 3.97 1.42
RP Dan Jennings 3 3 55 45 4.08 1.43
RP Michael Ynoa 2 1 45 41 4.63 1.46
RP Chris Beck 2 0 43 32 4.87 1.46
RP Zach Putnam 2 0 40 41 3.83 1.30
RP Carson Fulmer 2 0 33 30 4.74 1.49
RP Matt Purke 1 0 30 26 4.41 1.49

Note: Projections provided by Steamer

As M@ likes to say: “Now we specifically want to get to specifics”. So, let’s see what Joshua Nelson from South Side Sox has to say about the outlook for the White Sox in 2017.

Zack: Where does Lucas Giolito compare with other top young arms (Tyler Glasnow, Jose Berrios, Luis Severino, etc.)? His first 21.1 IP in the Majors were less than impressive – 4.64 K/9, 5.06 BB/9, 6.75 ERA – and not really worth a look in standard leagues. Does he show a massive improvement this season, get promoted, and blow us away? Or is he still a year or two away from making a real impact in fantasy?

Joshua Nelson: Lucas Giolito is still one of the top young arms in the game, despite the struggles last season with Washington. At SoxFest, Giolito made it a point that his goal during Spring Training was to reverse the changes in his mechanics that the Nationals had him do. We’ll see those adjustments early during the Cactus League, but I have a very strong feeling he could be starting games for the White Sox as soon as June. With constant Jose Quintana trade rumors, the decline of James Shields, and Derek Holland’s health uncertainty, there will be opportunities for Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez, and Carson Fulmer to earn starts this year for the White Sox.

Zack: Is Jose Abreau a top 5 first baseman anymore? With breakout campaigns from Anthony Rizzo and Wil Myers, Abreau seems to be the odd man out. He may have salvaged some of his value with a strong second half performance (14 HR, .319 AVG, while improving his BB/K from 0.29 to 0.52). Was that enough to slot him into the top 5?

Joshua Nelson: No. I think Jose Abreu is the 10th best first baseman in the game. The question about Abreu entering this season is if he performs well in the first half, will he be traded? I understand there are fans who would want to move Abreu for a return similar to that of Adam Eaton, but with Yoan Moncada soon joining the team (former teammates in Cuba) and new manager Rick Renteria, Abreu could stick with the Sox during the rebuild. Ever since Paul Konerko retired, this clubhouse has been in great need of a leader (see: Adam LaRoche retirement, Chris Sale cutting up jerseys). I think Jose Abreu can be that leader for the White Sox, while still being a 2-3 win player.

Zack: With guys still probably on the move, do the White Sox have enough intriguing targets for fantasy purposes or do most of these younger guys still have a few years to go until they are fantasy relevant?

Joshua Nelson: I would draft Todd Frazier. Tim Anderson is a good 2nd tier shortstop option. If you like bullpen arms on your pitching staff, Nate Jones would be an excellent add, too. Jose Quintana for fantasy baseball purposes is always a tough call. If you are in a league that values wins, then those will be few for Quintana (until he’s traded). He’s also not a high strikeout guy, but his value is in ERA and WHIP. It’s weird – Quintana is a great example of a star starting pitcher but not a star fantasy starting pitcher. Not his fault, though. The team just doesn’t support him enough.

Zack: Everyone loves getting an edge. As an expert on this team, give us some insider trading. Who is someone flying under the radar that will surprise us in 2017, making them an underrated option from Chicago?

Joshua Nelson: Carlos Rodon. Entering his third season, I’m expecting him to make a big stride to meeting his potential. He has the ability to earn 200 strikeouts and a goal of his to pitch at least 200 innings in 2017. If he can do that, he’ll be a very good SP3 option.

Zack: Now on the flip side, who is someone on this roster that everyone may be targeting but is an overrated option just waiting to disappoint us?

Joshua Nelson: For the love of everything holy in baseball, do not draft Avisail Garcia. Just don’t.

Zack: Let’s time travel. At the end of 2017 what will this team’s final record be, and how will we remember their year?

Joshua Nelson: 70-92, last place in the American Central, and the first steps taken to building a new core for a better tomorrow.

 

 

NOW DROP THOSE COMMENTS! I would like to give Joshua Nelson a big thanks for taking the time to give us some insight on the White Sox in 2017…

 
  1. Josh says:
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    Umm this needs to be updated. It just looks bad seeing Brett Lawrie as the starting 2B when he got cut last week.

    • For an Armenianless Vacation come to Akron says:
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      @Josh: wow, this guy actually fixed the mistake, that’s awesome (not being facetious, the previous guy would leave that stuff in). nice to see the effort and actual editing being done.

    • Zack Burgess

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      @Josh: I apologize for the mistakes that were in the article. It was a huge oversight and this does not reflect the true quality of my work, or the work of Razzball.com. Stay tuned for more!

      • For an Armenianless Vacation come to Akron says:
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        @Zack Burgess: no i’m applauding that you actually corrected a mistake. nobody’s expecting a complete lack of mistakes, the effort to fix them is great. the last guy wasn’t of this mind.

  2. The Grand Poppy says:
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    No mention of Moncada in the whole article? Booo

    • Zack Burgess

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      @The Grand Poppy: We are probably going to see him on the big league roster at some point in the season. However, I don’t see him offering much fantasy value this season. In the eight games that he played — which is an extremely small sample size — he struck out 60% of the time. He needs more time to develop in the minors. In dynasty leagues, he is clearly a stud player who is going to make owners very happy in the years to come. In standard 10-team mixed leagues, I don’t see him being worth the value of a roster spot if he strikes out as much as he does. As a Red Sox fan, I was very sad to see him go, and I am a huge Moncada fan. Just not in 2017.

  3. mikeMaher

    mikeMaher says:
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    Welcome, Zack!

    • Zack Burgess

      Zack Burgess says:
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      @mikeMaher: Thank you, Mike! I look forward to writing more articles for Razzball. Stay tuned!

  4. Mike says:
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    Dynasty league trade 5×5 H2H league rounds attached

    My Harper (8) for his Trea Turner (15) Dahl (25)… who wins?

    • Zack Burgess

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      @Mike: I would stick with Harper. In terms of dynasty value, Harper is only a year older than Turner and already has an MVP award under his belt. Turner is going to be an excellent player, but Harper showed his willingness to keep adapting his game when he went 24/21 HR/SB last season. Harper has a higher ceiling in my opinion even though he didn’t repeat his monster 2015 season.

  5. Foul balls says:
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    I just picked up A Garcia on waivers, he’s this years sleeper

    • Zack Burgess

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      @Foul balls: I’m curious how deep your league is. If it is a standard 10-team mixed league, there should be a few better options out there in Waiver Land. It’s tough to advocate putting a guy like Garcia on your team when he keeps striking out the way he does (25.4% in 2016 vs. 23.5% in 2015). He’s also projected to bat 8th in the lineup which is going to cut into his runs and RBI totals. If they let him play every day, and if he can cut down on his walks, there is a possibility. The dude is still only 25 years old, so there is definite room for improvement. However, I just wouldn’t roster him in a standard league right away.

      • Zack Burgess

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        @Zack Burgess: *Cut down on strikeouts* Whoops.

  6. Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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    laroche was a leader, no wonder that team is a mess, that dude alienated like the whole team from forcing them to put up with babysitting his brat kid while letting him skip school about every day.

    • Zack Burgess

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      @Montezuma’s Revenge… right now: There are going to be some growing pains this season with trying to find their identity. Players don’t like losing, even if the team is in a rebuilding phase. Veterans, like Abreau and Frazier, need to keep the clubhouse motivated and moving in the right direction. It’s probably safe to say that the White Sox won’t be hoisting up the World Series trophy at the end of the 2017 season, but with all of the young and exciting players on this roster, it may not be too far away.

  7. For an Armenianless Vacation come to Akron says:
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    yeah this team is in bad short term shape with utter castoffs for 60% of it’s starting rotation to start the year. since they are clearly punting wins for a while, might as well have super prospects (less so with fulmer, at least lately) gio/rey/fulmer get some innings.

    • Zack Burgess

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      @For an Armenianless Vacation come to Akron: I think Giolito and Lopez will see somewhere around 60-80 innings of work in 2017, while Fulmer will see probably about half of that. They are going to preserve these guys, but pitching is so hard to gauge for how many innings are too many (see Alex Reyes). Unforeseen circumstances always seem to be right around the corner for young pitchers and there are just no sure things when it comes to prospects.

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