CHICAGO -- Meet the projected 2016 White Sox lineup, rotation and bullpen in the fifth installment of MLB.com's Spring Training preview. It features a different look than the 2015 White Sox, and a big change from when general manager Rick Hahn began this revamping process during the '13 season."We went
CHICAGO -- Meet the projected 2016 White Sox lineup, rotation and bullpen in the fifth installment of MLB.com's Spring Training preview. It features a different look than the 2015 White Sox, and a big change from when general manager Rick Hahn began this revamping process during the '13 season.
"We went through this offseason with improving the offense being one of our main goals," Hahn said during a SoxFest interview. "We do think some of that is going to come from internal improvements from some of the players who have track records, or some of the players that are continuing in their development.
"But we also feel at catcher, third and second, we've already made upgrades that will improve us offensively. It remains a priority. Right through Opening Day it will remain a priority."
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Catchers Alex Avila and Dioner Navarro, third baseman Todd Frazier and second baseman Brett Lawrie represent the upgrades on offense. They also added Mat Latos to the starting five through a low-risk, high-reward sort of deal, with their eyes still open for further moves towards contention.
76-86, fourth in the American League Central
Projected batting order (with 2015 statistics)
1. CF Adam Eaton:
.287 BA, .361 OBP, .431 SLG, 14 HR, 56 RBIs, 98 R
- 2B Brett Lawrie:
.260 BA, .299 OBP, .407 SLG, 16 HR, 60 RBIs (with the A's)
- 1B Jose Abreu:
.290 BA, .347 OBP, .502 SLG, 30 HR, 101 RBIs
- 3B Todd Frazier:
.255 BA, .309 OBP, .498 SLG, 35 HR, 89 RBIs (with the Reds)
- LF Melky Cabrera:
.273 BA, .314 OBP, .394 SLG, 12 HR, 77 RBIs
- RF Avisail Garcia:
.257 BA, .309 OBP, .365 SLG, 13 HR, 59 RBIs
- DH Adam LaRoche:
.207 BA, .293 OBP, .340 SLG, 12 HR, 44 RBIs
- C Alex Avila:
.191 BA, .339 OBP, .287 SLG, 4 HR, 13 RBIs (with the Tigers)
- SS Tyler Saladino:
.225 BA, .267 OBP, .335 SLG, 4 HR, 20 RBIs
Projected rotation (with 2015 statistics)
1. Chris Sale: 13-11, 3.41 ERA, 274 K, 31 starts
- Jose Quintana: 9-10, 3.36 ERA, 32 starts
- Carlos Rodon: 9-6, 3.75 ERA, 26 games (23 starts)
- Mat Latos: 4-10, 4.95 ERA, 22 games (21 starts)
- John Danks: 7-15, 4.71 ERA, 30 starts
Projected bullpen (with 2015 statistics)
Closer David Robertson: 34/41 saves, 3.41 ERA
RH setup man Nate Jones: 3.32 ERA, six holds
LH setup man Zach Duke: 3.41 ERA, 26 holds
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