Entering their June 6th contest with the Tampa Bay Rays, the White Sox record stands at 24-31 while in the midst of a five game losing streak. They sit fourth in the American League Central Division and it’s beginning to sink in how frustrating a rebuild can be for fans and players alike.
The easiest answer to why the Sox have struggled this year is that they are in the middle of a rebuilding year. Their 2017 roster isn’t built to win this year and it’s beginning to show. However, there have been some players who have made big impacts for the struggling ball club.
Avisail Garcia has been outstanding this year. He is hitting .330 with eight home runs and 38 runs batted in. Garcia has shown flashes of stardom in the past, but has not been consistent enough to yield great results. After two full solid months at the plate, Avisail has showed that he has finally settled in at the plate. Garcia will likely be representing the White Sox in the All-Star game. He currently sits fifth among fan voting for American League outfielders. But, should get the nod regardless even if he’s not voted in as a starter.
On the flip side, the most disappointing player this season for the Sox has been Jose Quintana. Quintana has quietly been one of the better pitchers in the American League in the past three seasons. This season has been a different story for Quintana who is currently sporting a 2-7 record with a 5.60 earned run average. However, Quintana’s track record shows that an improvement is coming. His trade value shouldn’t take too much of a hit as well because of his controllable and cheap contract. Look for him to get moved by the July Trade Deadline. The Sox will ask for a top tier prospect or two in hopes of building up an already strong farm system.
Last year on May 30, Jose Quintana had a 2.12 ERA.
This year, he has a 5.60 ERA.
— Chuck Garfien (@ChuckGarfien) May 31, 2017
The good news about this season is that these kind of results are expected when undergoing a rebuild. The next question is when will the Sox start calling up their top prospects? Moncada, Fulmer, Burdi, and Lopez seem to be ready to take the next step. The White Sox, however, are being extremely patient. They are letting these players develop as much as they can before calling them up. Moncada will surely be called up at some point this season, but the White Sox want to be sure Moncada and the rest of their highly touted prospects are not rushed in making their transition onto the South Side.
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