White Sox anticipating breakout season from Avisail
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Paul Konerko was asked to name a few White Sox players he's looking forward to watching in 2014 during Thursday's interview session as part of his last first day of Spring Training. Konerko mentioned high-energy leadoff man Adam Eaton, talked about Gordon Beckham being in a good place and pointed out that Dayan Viciedo had what he considers a hiccup last season but should bounce back.
Konerko made his way to Avisail Garcia, the White Sox right fielder and acquisition at last season's non-waiver Trade Deadline. He hasn't received the publicity of free-agent addition Jose Abreu, but actually could be more of a complete talent package.
"I think a full year from Avi Garcia will be interesting because he can go any direction," Konerko said. "He can run, he can hit, he can hit with power. I know he's going to do well, I just want to see where that's going to go because he can be average and power.
"He can go out and hit .260 with 40 home runs. He really has the potential to be a monster in this league. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing him."
Having the chance to see Garcia for 42 games last season, when he hit .304 with five homers and 21 RBIs, gave the White Sox an idea of what to expect.
"Everyone talks about Jose, but you want [Garcia] to be part of the middle of your lineup, too," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "He has the tools to be able to do that. Hopefully, he can go in that direction."