Was born and raised in Cruces, which is a small town in the Cienfuegos Province in Cuba...Cruces is around 150 miles southeast of Havana, the Cuban capital city...in Cuba, players compete for their provinces, so at the age of 16, Abreu joined Cienfuegos in Cuba’s top league, the Serie Nacional...Played 10 seasons (2004-13) with Cienfuegos before defecting in August of 2013...played in multiple International tournaments throughout his Cuban career, which exposed his talents to the rest of the baseball world...last competed Internationally for Cuba in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, during which he made the decision to eventually defect...Defected in August of 2013 along with his wife, Yusmary, his parents, his sister and her husband... had to leave behind his two-year old son Dariel, due to the dangerous nature of their defection...went over two years without seeing his son before returning to Cuba as part of Major League Baseball’s goodwill tour in December of 2015...Dariel resides in Cuba with his mother, but has been able to visit his father in Miami on visitor visas dating back to the 2016 season...At the time of his defection, first went to Haiti, where he established residency, then on to the Dominican Republic, living in Santo Domingo...worked out in showcases for three months before signing with the White Sox as a free agent on Oct. 29, 2013...Wears the number 79 in honor of his mother, Daisy Correa, who was the driving force behind the families defection from Cuba...when signing with the White Sox, José asked his mother to pick a jersey number that would stand out, and she chose #79...he’s now set to become the first player to wear #79 in a regular season game in Astros history...IN THE COMMUNITY: Throughout his time in Chicago, established the “Abreu’s Amigos”, which were visits to the ballpark by special-needs youth from the Easterseals, a nationwide organization dedicated to children and adults with disabilities...After nine seasons (2014-22) in Chicago, signed on with the Astros on Nov. 28, 2022...signed a three-year deal, which will keep Abreu in an Astros uniform through at least the 2025 season.
Played in 157 games in his final season in Chicago, hitting .304 (183x601) with 40 doubles, 15 home runs, 75 RBI, a career-high 62 walks and a .824 OPS (.378 OBP/.446 SLG)...With 75 RBI on the season, got his career total up to 863, which ranks second in the Majors since making his debut in 2014...Hit 30-plus doubles for his eighth straight full season (15 in 2020)...Started 157 of Chicago’s 162 games…ranks second in the AL since 2019 with 528 games played...Ranked second in hits, third in multi-hit games (53), fourth in singles (128) and fifth in batting average in the AL...Slashed .334/.403/.476 (153x458) over his last 119 games (since May 22)...Recorded his 300th career double and 2,500th career total base on Sept. 28 at MIN.
American League Leaders: RBI (2nd, 117); HBP (3rd, 22); GW RBI (T8th, 14); Go Ahead RBI (T10th, 24)...Finished second in the major leagues with 117 RBI and recorded his fifth career 30-plus home run/100-plus RBI season in his eighth year with the White Sox...Was attempting to join Detroit's Cecil Fielder (1990-92) as the only players in AL history to lead the league in RBI in three consecutive seasons...Team 30 and 100: Joined Hall-of-Famer Frank Thomas (eight) and Paul Konerko (five) as the only players in club history with five or more career 30-HR/100-RBI seasons ... Albert Pujols (12), Miguel Cabrera (10) and Nolan Arenado (six) are the only active players with six-plus seasons ... is one of just 61 players in MLB history with five or more 30/100 seasons...MVP Redux: Finished with five points (14th place) on the AL MVP ballot a year after winning the award...Legendary South Side Company: Joined Thomas (10) and Konerko (six) as the only players in Sox history to record six-plus seasons of 100-plus RBI ... his five 30-plus homer seasons trail Thomas (eight) and Konerko (seven) for the most in club history...Recorded 30-plus doubles for the seventh time in the last eight seasons (since 2014), joining Nolan Arenado as the only players in baseball to accomplish the feat...Became the 17th player in MLB history to reach the following numbers through his first 1,113 career games: 228-plus home runs, 788-plus RBI and 1,262-plus hits...Leader Board: Finished the season ranked among the White Sox all-time leaders in the following categories: HBP (3rd, 105), home runs (3rd, 228), extra-base hits (5th, 507), doubles (7th, 263), RBI (7th, 788) and total bases (8th, 2,241)...Four More RBI!: Registered seven four-plus RBI games, tied with Boston's Rafael Devers and San Diego's Fernando Tatís Jr. for the most in the majors...Established career highs in walks (61) and HBP (22)...Sox Splits: Batted .294/.366/.603 (40-136) with 11 home runs vs. left-handed pitchers ... went 6-13 (.462) with two homers and 20 RBI with the bases loaded...Started 134 games at first base and 18 as the DH ... batted third in 96 games and in the cleanup spot in 56 contests...Golden Glove Work Level: Ranked among the AL first base leaders in fielding percentage (T1st, 995), double play runs (2nd, 0.4), ultimate zone rating (T2nd, 1.4) and zone rating (5th, .853)...committed just five errors in 135 games at first base, his fewest in a full season...Was the White Sox Opening Day first baseman for the eighth consecutive season ... hit safely for the seventh time in his eight OD starts on 4/1 at the Angels...Connected on his third career grand slam on 4/2 at Angel Stadium ... also marked the first slam of the MLB season...Hit his second grand slam of the season off Keynan Middleton in the eighth on 4/6 at Seattle ... became the first player in Sox history to hit a slam for his first two home runs of a season...Eclipsed 2,000 career total bases with a home run on 4/25 vs. Texas ... passed Robin Ventura (2,000) for 11th place on the White Sox all-time list...Hit .366/.434/.718 (26-71) with five doubles, six homers, 26 RBI, nine multi-hit efforts and a 1.152 OPS over a 20-game stretch from 5/4-29...The Other 700 Club: Drove in three runs on 5/12 vs. Minnesota to become the 11th player in franchise history to reach 700 RBI ... joined Rafael Palmeiro, José Canseco, Tony Pérez, Tony Oliva and Kendrys Morales as the only Cuban-born players in baseball history with 200-plus homers and 700-plus RBI... reached 700 RBI in his 995th career game, the third-fastest pace in club history behind Thomas (898 games) and Magglio Ordóñez (990 games) ... source: Elias...Left on 5/14-1 vs. Kansas City after colliding with Hunter Dozier on the first-base line during a pop-up... suffered a facial contusion and laceration but tested negative for a concussion ... was in the lineup the following night vs. the Royals and homered in the fourth inning...Scored the game-ending run on a Wade Davis wild pitch in the ninth on 5/16 vs. the Royals ... was diagnosed with left ankle inflammation the following day as a result of the slide ... x-rays were negative but an MRI showed the inflammation...missed the three-game series at Minnesota from 5/17-19...returned to the lineup on 5/21 for the series opener at Yankee Stadium...Was named AL Player of the Week for 5/24-30, his sixth career weekly honor, after going 9-24 (.375) with two doubles, two home runs, 10 RBI and four walks in seven games...Drove in five runs, including a two-run homer, in the doubleheader sweep on 5/29 vs. Baltimore ... snapped a 5-5 tie with a game-winning sacrifice fly in the eighth on 5/31-1 at Cleveland...Snapped a 15-game homerless stretch with a two-run shot on 6/16 vs. Tampa Bay and a nine-game stretch on 6/30 vs. Minnesota ... marked his only two home runs in June...Ranked second in the AL behind Detroit's Eric Haase with 23 RBI in July, up from eight in June...Moved past Carlton Fisk into fourth place on the Sox all-time list with his 215th career home run on 7/19-2 vs. Minnesota...August Honors: Was named AL Player of the Month for August, his fourth career monthly honor ... batted .330/.382/.661 (37-112) with seven doubles, 10 home runs, 25 RBI and 22 runs scored over 28 games to win his second consecutive August AL Player of the Month Award ... led the AL with 74 total bases and ranked among the leaders in home runs (T2nd), runs scored (3rd), slugging percentage (5th), OPS (5th, 1.043) and RBI (T6th)...hit 10-plus homers in a month for the fifth time in his career and drove in 25-plus runs for the eighth time...Compiled a 12-game hitting streak from 8/3-15, batting .367/.404/.796 with three doubles, six home runs, eight RBI, 11 runs scored and a 1.200 OPS...Hit the first-ever regular-season home run in the state of Iowa in the "MLB at Field of Dreams" Game on 8/12 vs. the Yankees, a solo shot off Andrew Heaney in the first inning...Matched his career high with four hits on 8/14 vs. the Yankees, including the 222nd home run of his career to move past Harold Baines into third place in franchise history ... hit a sac fly on 8/21 at Tampa Bay to pass Fisk (762) for sole possession of seventh place on the club's RBI list...Homered with four RBI in a 5-2 victory on 8/24 at Toronto...drove in two runs on 8/29 vs. the Cubs to reach 100 RBI for the sixth time in his career...Reached 30 home runs for the fifth time in his career as part of a four-RBI effort on 10/1 vs. Detroit...Went 5-14 (.357) with three RBI, a run scored, two walks and two HBP in the ALDS loss to Houston...went 2-4 with a RBI in both Game 1 and 2 at Minute Maid Park.
Became the fourth player (fifth time) in White Sox history to be named American League Most Valuable Player, joining Nellie Fox (1959), Dick Allen (1972) and Frank Thomas (1993-94) … also joined Minnesota's Zoilo Versalles (1965) and Oakland's José Canseco (1988) as the only Cuban natives to win MVP honors...Slugging with Silver: Won his third career Silver Slugger Award (also 2014 and 2018), tying Carlton Fisk for the second-highest total in White Sox history behind Frank Thomas (four)...Follow the League Leader: Ranked among the AL and MLB leaders in numerous categories … was the only player to rank in the Top 5 of the following categories in the AL: hits (1st, 76), RBI (1st, 60), slugging percentage (1st, .617), extra-base hits (1st, 34), total bases (1st, 148), home runs (2nd, 19), average (4th, .317) and OPS (5th, .987)...Became the first player in Sox history to lead the major leagues in RBI, the fourth (seventh time) to lead the AL in hits, the fourth (fifth time) to lead the AL in total bases and the sixth (eighth time) to lead the AL in slugging percentage...Became the first player to lead the AL in RBI in back-to-back years since Boston's David Ortiz from 2005-06 … also became the fourth player in history to lead the AL in both hits and RBI and the first since Boston's Jim Rice in 1978 (213 hits; 139 RBI) … source: STATS...Fell four home runs shy of joining Allen (1972) as the only Sox players to lead the AL in homers and RBI in the same season...Became the first qualifying player to record as many RBI (60) as games played (60) in a season since the Cubs' Sammy Sosa (160) and Cleveland's Juan González (140) in 2001...His .617 slugging percentage was the sixth-best in White Sox history, and his .987 OPS ranked 13th...Was on a 162-game pace to record 205 hits, 51 home runs, 162 RBI, 92 extra-base hits and 400 total bases … his homer, RBI and total bases totals would have set franchise records...Ended the season with 671 RBI, the 11th-highest total in franchise history (Ordoñez ranks 10th with 703) … passed Bibb Falk (13th, 627) and Sherm Lollar (12th, 631) during the season.
American League Leaders: 1st-RBI (123); 5th-Games (159); T5th-HBP (13); 7th-hits (180); 8th-TB (319); 8th-PA (693) ... Led the AL with a career-high 123 RBI, joining Dick Allen (113 in 1972) as the only players in White Sox history to accomplish the feat … his 123 RBI were the 10th-highest total in franchise history and the most since Magglio Ordóñez (135) in 2002 ... Recorded his fourth season of 30-plus homers and 100-plus RBI, joining Frank Thomas (8x), Paul Konerko (5x) and Ordóñez (4x) as the only players in club history to accomplish the feat ... Hit 20-plus homers for the sixth straight season, extending his club record for the longest career-opening streak in Sox history … joined Albert Pujols (10, 2001-10) and Joe DiMaggio (eight, 1939-42, '46-49) as the only players in history to record 30-plus doubles and 20-plus homers in each of his first six seasons ... Joined Thomas (10) and Konerko (six) as the only players in Sox history to record five-plus 100-RBI seasons ... Received seven points in the AL MVP voting (one seventh place and one 10th-place vote) ... Reached 300 total bases for the fourth time in his career, tied with Konerko for third-most in Sox history behind Thomas (seven) and Ordóñez (five) ... Became the first White Sox player to record 30-plus doubles in six straight seasons … he and Nolan Arenado are the only players to record 30-plus doubles every season since 2014 ... Ranked fourth in the AL with a .360 (59-for-164) average vs. LHP and 10th with a .337 (56-for-166) mark with RISP … the .360 mark ranks eighth by a Sox player since at least 1974 (STATS) ... Batted in the No. 3 slot in all 159 games … appeared in 125 games at first base and 34 at designated hitter ... Hit .335/.398/.579 (66-for-197) with 16 doubles, 10 home runs and 46 RBI over his last 51 games ... Ranked fourth in the AL with 24 RBI in March/April, the fourth-highest total in franchise history in the season-opening months … owns the March/April club record with 32 in 2014, followed by Paul Konerko (28 in 2002) and Frank Thomas (25 in 1996) ... Hit safely in each of his first three games from 3/28-31 at Kansas City … homered in back-to-back games from 3/30-31 ... Going Streaking: Recorded a 10-game hitting streak from 4/19-5/1, going 21-for-44 (.477) with six doubles, three home runs, 20 RBI and a 1.339 OPS ... Reached 500 career RBI on 4/19 at Detroit, becoming the 21st player in White Sox history to reach that milestone ... Hit his 150th career home run as part of a three-hit, five-RBI game on 4/22 at Baltimore … became just the 10th player in club history to reach 150 homers, and the third-fastest (763 games) behind Jermaine Dye (627) and Frank Thomas (672) ... Collected nine straight hits with RISP from 4/22-5/1, the longest streak in the majors since Troy Tulowitzki in 2014 (Elias) … recorded a career-high-tying, six straight multihit efforts from 4/24-5/1 ... Eventful Evening: Went 4-5 with a homer and five RBI on 4/26 vs. Detroit … would have recorded his 14th career multihomer game in the seventh but passed Tim Anderson on the bases and was credited with a single … marked his second five-RBI effort in the span of four games as he joined Albert Belle (three from 8/20-22/97) and Moose Solters (four from 7/20-23/40) as the only players in Sox history to accomplish the feat (STATS) … his 14 RBI in six games were the most by a White Sox player in a stretch of six games or fewer since Jim Thome also drove in 14 from 7/11-17/09 (three games) ... Homered and drove in four runs on 5/1-2 vs. Baltimore … broke up Justin Verlander's bid for a no-hitter with a solo home run in the seventh inning on 5/21 at Houston ... Recorded his 50th RBI in his 57th game on 5/31 vs. Cleveland, the second-fastest pace of his career (51 in 2014) ... Matched Jermaine Dye for seventh place in White Sox history with his 164th career home run on 6/24 at Boston ... Moved past Dye into sixth place in club history with a game-winning, two-run home run in the ninth on 6/26 at the Red Sox … the homer capped a 10-pitch at-bat as the White Sox went on to an 8-7 win … marked just his second career game-winning home run in the ninth or later (also 4/25/14 vs. Tampa Bay; grand slam) … also reached the 200-double mark ... Made his third career AL All-Star team via the player vote ... Hit a game-ending, three-run home run in the 12th on 7/3-2 vs. Detroit … marked his second career walk-off homer (also 4/25/14 vs. Tampa Bay) … also reached 20-plus doubles and 20-plus homers before the break for the second time (2014), and seventh time (five players) in franchise history ... Hit a game-winning, RBI single in the 15th inning on 8/2 at Philadelphia … it marked the latest game-winning RBI by a Sox player since Alejandro De Aza on 6/5/13 at Seattle (Top 16) ... Recorded his 14th career multihomer game on 8/15 at the Angels, the sixth-highest total in franchise history ... Became the 19th player to record his first 1,000 hits with the White Sox on 8/24 vs. Texas … reached 1,000 hits in his 870th career game, the third-fastest pace in franchise history behind Bibb Falk (860) and Ordóñez (869) … source: STATS LLC ... Reached 100 RBI for the fifth time in his career on 8/25 vs. the Rangers, the third-highest total in Sox history behind Frank Thomas (10) and Paul Konerko (six) … needed 129 individual games to record 100 RBI, the fastest pace by a Sox player since Carlos Quentin in 2008 (126 games) ... Became the first player in Sox history to record six consecutive seasons of 30-plus doubles on 8/28 vs. Minnesota … matched his career-high with four hits on 8/29 vs. the Twins ... Compiled a 10-game hitting streak from 9/4-15, going 12-for-35 (.343) with five home runs, 13 RBI and 10 runs scored ... Hit his 30th home run as part of a four-RBI effort on 9/7 vs. the Angels … drew a career-high three walks on 9/8 vs. the Angels ... Has hit 20-plus homers in each of his first six seasons, the longest career-opening streak in franchise history ... Became the first player in franchise history to record 30-plus doubles in six consecutive seasons … he and Nolan Arenado are the only players in the majors to record 30-plus doubles every season since 2014 ... Was named 2014 AL Rookie of the Year by the Baseball Writers Association of America, Sporting News and Baseball America … was a unanimous choice by the BBWAA ... Is a two-time AL Silver Slugger Award winner at first base (2014, '18) … is one of six native Cubans to win a Silver Slugger Award, joining Yoénis Céspedes (2016), Kendrys Morales (2015), Alexei Ramírez (2010, '14), José Canseco (1988, '90-91, '98) and Rafael Palmeiro (1998-99)… the only other White Sox to win multiple Silver Slugger Awards are Carlton Fisk (1981, '85, '88), Frank Thomas (1991, '93-94, 2000), Magglio Ordóñez (2000, '02) and Ramírez (2010, '14) ... Made his first return visit to Cuba in December 2015 as part of a goodwill trip sponsored by Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association, where he was reunited with his son, Dariel, for the first time in two years.
Became the first player in White Sox history to hit 20 or more home runs in each of his first five seasons … joined Albert Pujols (2001-10) and Ted Williams (1939-42, '46-49) as the only players in major-league history to record 30-plus doubles and 20-plus homers in each of his first five seasons ... Was named an American League Silver Slugger Award winner for the second time in his career (also 2014) and made his second AL All-Star Team ... Played in 128 games, the fewest of his career, due to two injuries in the second half … did not reach 25 home runs and 100 RBI for the first time in his career ... Double Trouble: Recorded 30-plus doubles for the fifth straight season, becoming the first Sox player to reach the mark in each of his first five seasons … joined Magglio Ordóñez (1999-2003) as the only White Sox players to hit 30-plus doubles in five straight seasons … joined Nolan Arenado, Matt Carpenter, Brian Dozier, Paul Goldschmidt and Christian Yelich as the only players to record 30 or more doubles every season since 2014 … joined Frank Thomas (nine), Paul Konerko (eight), Ordóñez (five), Ray Durham (five), Willie Kamm (five) and Bibb Falk (five) as the only Sox with five-plus seasons of 30-plus doubles ... Finished the season with 146 career home runs, the 10th-highest total in franchise history (Carlos Lee is ninth with 152) ... Batted .330 (35-106) in May and .338 (24-71) in August ... Appeared in 113 games at first base and four as the DH ... Was named the White Sox nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award … the award recognizes the player who best represents the game through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions ... Hit his second career Opening Day home run on 3/29 at Kansas City … connected on a game-winning solo homer in the eighth inning on 4/4 at Toronto ... Recorded his 12th career multi-homer game and matched his career high with four hits on 4/23 vs. Seattle ... Hit a franchise-record 15 doubles in May, the second-highest total in any month in club history (Frank Thomas; 17 in September 1992) ... Hit .447/.512/.711 (17-38) with seven doubles, one homer, eight RBI and six multihit efforts during a 10-game hitting streak from 5/8-19 … it marked the 10th hitting streak of 10 games or more during his career ... Recorded a double and solo home run on 5/19 vs. Texas to reach 300 extra-base hits in his career … reached the mark in 655 games, the second-fastest in club history behind Hall-of-Famer Frank Thomas (626 games) ... Matched his career high (10th time) with four hits on 5/26 at Detroit, going 4-4 with two doubles, a homer and two RBI on 5/26 at Detroit … reached 15 doubles in May, the most in the month in club history ... His .212 average (24-113) in June was the lowest monthly figure of his career (previous low was .226 in April 2016) ... Was voted by the fans as the starting first baseman for the American League All-Star Team … paced AL first baseman with 1,829,598 votes, finishing ahead of Houston's Yuli Gurriel ... First Things at First: Became the first Sox player to be voted by fans into the All-Star Game since first baseman Frank Thomas in 1996 (Thomas did not play in the game due to injury) … became the sixth Sox player (11th time) to be fan-elected as a starter, joining Thomas (1994-96), Carlton Fisk (1981-82), Richie Zisk (1977), Dick Allen (1972-74) and Luis Aparicio (1970) … was the fourth White Sox first baseman since 1970 to make multiple All-Star teams, joining Allen, Thomas and Paul Konerko … is the only Cuban-born first baseman since 1970 to be voted a starter in the All-Star Game ... Batted .366 (26-71) with six doubles, seven homers, 15 RBI, seven walks, 10 multi-hit efforts and a 1.164 OPS over 18 games from 7/22-8/10 ... Posted his 13th career multihomer game on 7/26 at the Angels … reached 30 doubles for the fifth straight season on 7/31 vs. Kansas City ... Recorded four consecutive multihit efforts from 8/2-5, going 8-16 (.500) … homered in three straight contests from 8/2-4 ... Connected on his 20th home run on 8/7 vs. the Yankees, a game-tying, two-run shot off Zach Britton in the 10th ... Hit safely in eight consecutive games from 8/13-9/10, and drove in a run in four straight from 8/13-17 (nine RBI total) ... Was placed on the 10-day disabled list on 8/22 following surgery to repair a testicular torsion … marked just his second career trip to the disabled list (2014) … returned to the lineup on 9/10 at Kansas City, going 3-4 with a run scored ... Missed the final 13 games of the season following a procedure to treat an infection in his right thigh … played his final game on 9/16 at Baltimore.
American League Leaders: 1st-TB (343); 1st-4-hit G (7); 2nd-XBH (82); 2nd-Multihit G (58); 3rd-HBP (15); T3rd-3B (6); 4th-H (189); 4th-SLG (.552); T5th-3-hit G (17); 7th-OPS (906); T7th-2B (43); T7th-RBI (102); 8th-AVG (.304); T12th-HR (33). Pito Power: Reached 30-plus home runs for the third time in his career and 100-plus RBI for the fourth time … became just the third player in major-league history to begin his career with four or more consecutive seasons of 25-plus homers and 100-plus RBI, joining Hall-of-Famer Joe DiMaggio (1936-41) and Albert Pujols (2001-10) … also became the first White Sox to hit 30-plus homers in three of his first four major-league seasons … the only other Sox to hit 30-plus home runs in three of his first four years with the club are Jermaine Dye (2005-06, '08) and Jim Thome (2006-08).Club 25 - Members Only: Became the first player in White Sox history (10th in major-league history) to begin his career with four 25-plus home run seasons … the others to accomplish the feat: Pujols (12, 2001-12), Eddie Mathews (11, 1952-62), Eddie Murray (9, 1977-85), Darryl Strawberry (9, 1983-91), Mark Teixeira (9, 2003-11), Frank Robinson (7, 1956-62), Ryan Braun (6, 2007-12), DiMaggio (6, 1936-41) and Dan Uggla (6, 2006-11). 100 (RBI) and Counting: Joined Al Simmons (1924-34), Pujols (2001-10), Ted Williams (1939-42, '46-49) and DiMaggio (1936-42) as the only six players in history to record 100-plus RBI in his first four-plus seasons. 40/30/100/95 Club: Joined Magglio Ordóñez (2001-02), Frank Thomas (2000) and Albert Belle (1998) as the only players in White Sox history to record 40-plus doubles, 30-plus home runs, 100-plus RBI and 95-plus runs scored in a season. Collecting Bases: Led the AL and finished fourth in the majors with 343 total bases … became the fourth Sox player to lead the AL in total bases, joining Belle (399 in 1998), Minnie Miñoso (304 in 1954) and Joe Jackson (293 in 1916) … his 82 extra-base hits and 343 total bases rank fourth in White Sox single-season history. Joined Avisaíl García (2nd, .330) in the Top 10 in average in the AL, the first set of Sox teammates to accomplish the feat since Thomas (3rd, .353) and Julio Franco (10th, .319) in 1994. Recorded career highs in hits, doubles, triples, runs scored, total bases and extra-base hits. According to Elias, became the third foreign-born player to hit 30-plus homers in three of his first four seasons, joining José Canseco (Cuba; 1986-88) and Pujols (D.R.; 2001-12). With Honors: Was a finalist for the 2017 Hank Aaron Award, which has recognized the most outstanding offensive performer in each league since 1999. Also was Chicago's nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award, which recognizes the player who best represents the game of baseball through sportsmanship, community involvement and positive contributions, both on and off the field. The Hits Kept Coming: His 189 hits were the most by a White Sox player since Ordóñez in 2003 (192) … registered five multihomer efforts, tied for the second-highest, single-season total in Sox history … Paul Konerko owns the club record of six in 2006 … recorded seven four-hit games, the most by a White Sox since Lance Johnson in 1995 (also seven). Ranked among the AL leaders in average vs. left-handers (3rd, .356), with RISP (3rd, .357) and with RISP/two outs (T6th, .368). Batted .316 (176-557) with 38 doubles, 32 home runs, 94 RBI and a .941 OPS in 139 games as the first baseman and .203 (13-64) with one homer and eight RBI as the DH … hit in the No. 3 spot in the order in 132 games. Committed eight errors at first base, his fewest since 2014 … owned a .993 fielding percentage (1,221 TC) this season. Reached base five times in a game four times: 6/20 at Minnesota (4-5, 2 2B, HR, 2 RBI, BB), 8/29 at the Twins (4-4, 2B, 2 RBI, BB); 9/11 at Kansas City (4-5, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI, BB, R) and 9/14 at Detroit (4-5, 2 RBI, HBP, 3 R). Hit safely and drove in a run in each of his first three games from 4/4-7 … was 0-19 over a stretch of five games from 4/14-18 before going 3-4 with two doubles and a RBI on 4/19 at Yankee Stadium. Recorded seven multihit efforts over a nine-game span from 4/19-30, including a career-best six straight from 4/23-30. Left the game after two at-bats with a mild right hip flexor strain on 4/26 vs. Kansas City. Hit his first two home runs of the season on 4/29 at Detroit, marking his seventh career multihomer game … his 32-game homerless drought dating back to 2016 tied for the longest of his career (also 6/25-8/3). Homered in consecutive games for the first time in 2017 from 5/3-4 at Kansas City. Reached base on an error, advanced to second and third base and scored on three wild pitches on 5/13 vs. San Diego … was the first White Sox player to accomplish the feat since J.C. Martin on 7/14/1961 vs. the Yankees (Elias). Connected on a game-tying, solo homer in the sixth inning on 5/19 at Seattle … the Sox went on to win, 2-1, in the 10th. Reached the 1,000 career total base mark on 5/20 at Seattle … it his 100th career home run on 5/23 at Arizona, the 22nd player in White Sox history to reach the milestone. Became the second-fastest player (501 games) in franchise history to hit his first 100 career home runs with the club behind Ron Kittle (438 games), and the sixth-fastest to reach 100 homers in a White Sox uniform overall. Homered in his second straight game as part of a career-high matching, four-hit effort on 5/24 at Arizona. Was named AL Player of the Week for 5/22-28 after batting .452 (14-31) with three doubles, two home runs, five RBI, seven runs scored and a 1.194 OPS (fourth career weekly honor). His 18-game hitting streak vs. Detroit was snapped on 6/2 at Comerica Park … the streak was the longest vs. the Tigers since 2008 (José Reyes, 19). Snapped a 21-game homerless stretch with a solo shot on 6/17 at Toronto. Recorded a career-high tying, six-game RBI streak from 6/14-20 (10 RBI total) … also recorded a 16-game, on-base streak from 6/3-20, batting .365/.425/.571 with five doubles, one triple, two homers, 15 RBI, six walks and six multihit efforts. Matched his career high with four hits on 6/20 at Minnesota,including a solo home run … the homer was his 12th of the season, all on the road … became the first White Sox to hit each of his first 12 home runs of a season on the road (previously shared the mark with Tom Paciorek; 11 in 1982). Recorded a game-ending, two-run single off Dellin Betances with two outs in the ninth inning on 6/27 vs. the Yankees (third career walkoff hit). Connected on a solo home run on 6/30 vs. Texas, his first homer at Guaranteed Rate Field since 9/15/16 vs. Cleveland (span of 41 games) … his streak of 13 consecutive road homers to open a season is the longest in White Sox history, tied for the fourth-longest in major-league history and the longest since Pittsburgh's Donn Clendonon in 1966 (also 13). Also homered in his next game on 7/1 vs. the Rangers, recording home runs in consecutive home games for the first time since 8/20-23/16. Recorded his eighth career multihomer effort and second of the season on 7/27 vs. the Cubs … tied the game at 6-6 with a RBI single in the ninth inning on 7/31 vs. Toronto (Sox trailed, 6-0, after six) … marked his sixth career game-tying or go-ahead hit in the ninth or later. Registered his ninth career multihomer game on 8/12 vs. Kansas City … fell a double shy of the cycle and matched his career high with four hits on 8/19 at Texas … hit his 25th home run on 8/21-1 vs. Minnesota. Returned to the lineup on 9/3 vs. Tampa Bay after missing three games (right elbow) and hit a two-run home run.Cycling to History: Recorded the sixth cycle in White Sox history on 9/9 vs. San Francisco and first since José Valentín on 4/27/00 vs. Baltimore … hit his 29th home run in the first, doubled in the third, singled in the seventh and tripled in the eighth … according to Elias, became the first Cuban-born player in major-league history to record a cycle. Recorded his 10th career multihomer effort on 9/10 vs. the Giants, including a two-run shot off Madison Bumgarner. Fell a home run shy of his second cycle and matched his career high with four hits on 9/11 at Kansas City … registered a game-winning, sacrifice fly in the ninth on 9/13 at the Royals. Matched his career high with four hits on 9/14 at Detroit and hit his 40th double on 9/21 at Houston … recorded two RBI on 9/23 vs. Kansas City to reach 100 for the fourth straight season. Hit a pair of solo home runs on 9/26 vs. Los Angeles-AL, his fifth multihomer effort of the season and 11th career. He and wife, Yusmari, welcomed son Josué, on 10/16.
American League Leaders: 2-HBP (15); T7th-Multihit Games (55); T14th-RBI (100). Recorded his third consecutive season of 30-plus doubles, 25-plus home runs and 100-plus RBI to start his career, the first player in White Sox history to accomplish that feat. Joined Albert Pujols and Joe DiMaggio as the only players in major-league history to record the following numbers in his first three-plus seasons: 25-plus home runs and 100-plus RBI; 175-plus hits and 25-plus homers. Is one of just seven players to record 100-plus RBI in each of his first three-plus seasons, joining Pujols (10, 2001-10), Hideki Matsui (3, 2003-05), Ted Williams (8, 1939-49; did not play from 1943-45), DiMaggio (7, 1936-42), Al Simmons (11, 1924-34) and Pinky Whitney (3, 1928-30). Recorded 25-plus doubles, 30-plus homers and 100-plus RBI for the third consecutive season, the only player in the major leagues to reach those numbers. Abreu and Boston's David Ortiz are the only players to hit 25 homers and record 100 RBI in each of the last three seasons. Was the Sox nominee for the Hank Aaron Award, recognizing the most outstanding offensive performer in each league. Appeared in a career-high 159 games … started 152 games at first base and made seven starts as the designated hitter. Reached base safely in 136 of his 159 games, the most of his career (135 in 2015 and 125 in 2014). Hit .301/.356/.460 with 17 home runs vs. right-handers, compared to .262/.340/.500 with eight homers vs. lefties … batted .315/.379/.519 with 15 home runs at U.S. Cellular Field. Recorded a .300-plus average in June (.306, 30-110), August (.362, 38-105) and September (.319, 36-113) … connected on a season-high eight homers in August. His numbers increased from .263/.333/.412/10 HR in the first half to .319/.384/.514/14 HR after the break. Hit his first home run of the season on 4/7 at Oakland, a tworun shot in the sixth inning … hit his first homer at U.S. Cellular Field on 4/9 vs. Cleveland. Hit a game-ending single in the 11th inning on 4/23 vs. Texas, the second walkoff hit of his career (grand slam on 4/25/14 vs. Tampa Bay). Registered an eight-game hitting streak from 4/26-5/4, batting .438 (14-32) with two doubles, one triple, one home run, 10 RBI and four walks … recorded five consecutive multihit efforts from 4/28-5/3 (.526, 10-19), the longest streak of his career. Connected on a game-winning, two-out, single in the ninth on 4/30 at Baltimore … Chicago went on to an 8-7 win. Hit a double and triple and drove in three of the Sox four runs in the club's 4-1 win on 5/3 vs. Boston … drove in Chicago's only runs with a two-run homer in its 5-2 loss on 5/4 vs. Boston. Snapped an eight-game homerless stretch with a solo shot on 5/17 vs. Houston … drove in two of the White Sox three runs with RBI singles on 5/18 vs. the Astros. Hit in the No. 5 position in the lineup for the first time in his career on 5/23-1 vs. Cleveland, going 1-5 with a double … recorded consecutive three-hit games for just the fourth time in his career on 5/24-25 vs. Cleveland. Hit a game-winning sacrifice fly in the 13th inning on 6/1 at the Mets, driving in reliever Matt Albers … the RBI was his first since 5/18 vs. Houston, snapping a 12-game drought. Reached base safely in 18 straight games from 6/1-21, hitting .343/.380/.614 with seven doubles, four home runs and 17 RBI. Snapped a 16-game homerless stretch with a solo shot on 6/5 at Detroit … homered in consecutive games on 6/12 vs. Kansas City and 6/13 vs. Detroit (2 HR/4 RBI). Connected on a game-winning, two-run double in the 10th inning off closer Craig Kimbrel on 6/20 at Boston … extended his RBI streak to four games … hit a go-ahead, three-run home run in the seventh inning on 6/23 at Boston. Drove in the game-winning run with a RBI single in the third inning on 7/3 at Houston … gave the Sox a 1-0 lead with a RBI single in the first inning on 7/26 vs. the Cubs (Sox won, 3-0). Reached base safely in a career-high 29 consecutive games from 8/2-9/2, the longest streak by a White Sox player since Juan Pierre in 2010 (also 29) … hit .379/.425/.664 with six doubles, nine home runs, 23 RBI, seven walks, three hit-by-pitches and 18 runs scored during the streak. Homered in back-to-back games on 8/4 at Detroit and 8/5 vs. Baltimore to end a career-long, 32-game drought. Played in front of his son, Dariel, on 8/12 at Miami for the first time in his career … his son was visiting the U.S. from Cuba. Batted .351 (13-37) with one double, four homers, seven RBI and a 1.117 OPS during his 10-game hitting streak from 8/17-27. Homered in three straight games from 8/20-23 for the second time in his career (6/9-12/15) … connected on his fourth homer in seven games on 8/27 vs. Seattle, a solo shot in the first. Drove in 12 runs during a four-game series from 9/1-4 at Minnesota, the most in a four-game set by a White Sox player since Frank Thomas (12) from 7/10-13/97 at Kansas City. Went 3-7 with two homers and seven RBI on 9/4 at Minnesota … the seven RBI were the most by a Sox since Jim Thome on 7/17/09 vs. Baltimore … according to MLB Statcast, his first homer traveled an estimated 430 feet and the second 465 feet. Became the first Sox to record a two-homer, seven-RBI, ninetotal base game since Paul Konerko on 7/7/09 vs. Cleveland. Gave the Sox a 1-0 lead with a solo home run in the second inning on 9/6 vs. Detroit … Chicago won, 2-0 … recorded his fourth three-hit effort in seven games on 9/7 vs. the Tigers. Connected on his 25th home run on 9/19 at Kansas City, becoming the first player in White Sox history to hit 25 or more in each of his first three seasons. Recorded three hits on 9/24 at Cleveland to surpass the 175-hit mark for the season … joined Albert Pujols (2001-03) and Joe DiMaggio (1936-38) as the only players in MLB history to record 175-plus hits and 25-plus home runs in each of his first three seasons. Opted out of the final three years of his six-year, $68-million contract on 11/14, becoming arbitration eligible … agreed to terms on a one-year, $10.825-million contract on 12/17, avoiding arbitration.
- American League Leaders: T2nd-HBP (15); 7th-RISP (.341); 7th-TB (308); 8th-RBI (101); 10th-SLG (.502); 10th-OPS (.984); T10th-XBH (67).
- Became just the second player in major-league history to record 30-plus home runs with 100-plus RBI in each of his first two seasons, joining Albert Pujols (2001-02 with St. Louis).
- Joined Pujols and Ryan Braun (2007-08) as the only players in baseball history to hit 30 or more homers in each of his first two seasons … also became the 12th player in history to drive in 100-plus runs in each of his first two years and the first since the Yankees' Hideki Matsui in 2003-04 (STATS).
- Also joined Frank Thomas (six times), Paul Konerko (four), Magglio Ordonez (four), Albert Belle (twice) and Carlos Lee (twice) as the only six players in White Sox history to record multiple seasons of 30 doubles and 30 home runs.
- Belle (1997-98) is the only other White Sox to register 30 homers and 100 RBI in his first two seasons with the club.
- Recorded three hitting streaks of 13-plus games and owns six such streaks since 2014, the most in baseball.
- Hit .308 (145-471) with 27 home runs and 89 RBI vs. righthanders, .341 (45-132) with RISP and .332 (84-253) with runners on base.
- Batted .285/.351/.482 with 21 homers and 75 RBI in 115 starts at first base and .304/.335/.559 with nine home runs and 26 RBI in 39 starts as the designated hitter.
- Reached base safely in each of his first eight games … connected on his first homer on Opening Day at Kansas City, a solo shot off Yordano Ventura.
- Hit his second career grand slam on 4/18 at Detroit … also matched his career high with three hits and recorded his second career triple on 4/19 at Comerica Park.
- Recorded four consecutive multihit games from 4/21-24, matching the longest streak of his career (also 9/13-15/14).
- Homered in consecutive games for the fifth time in his career from 4/21-22 vs. Cleveland (Carlos Carrasco and Corey Kluber) … his home run off Kluber marked his seventh career off a former Cy Young winner (fifth former winner).
- Played in his 162nd career game on 4/26 vs. Kansas City … joined Ryan Braun, Chuck Klein and Rudy York as the only players to hit at least .300 with 40-plus home runs and 120-plus RBI through their first 162 career games.
- Recorded a 17-game hitting streak from 5/3-22 (.318, 21-66), the second-longest of his career.
- Connected on a game-winning single in the seventh inning on 5/16 at Oakland … recorded his third career home run off R.A. Dickey on 5/26 at Toronto … also collected four RBI.
- Left the game on 5/29 at Houston due to inflammation in his right index finger and missed the next three games … returned to the lineup on 6/3 at Texas, going 2-4 with a home run and three RBI … snapped a scoreless tie with a game-winning, two-run home run off Dallas Keuchel on 6/9 vs. Houston.
- Homered in three straight games for the first time in his career from 6/9-12 … recorded a career-high four hits on 6/23 at Minnesota … snapped 13-game homerless and 12-game RBI droughts with a solo shot on 6/26 at Detroit.
- Hit second in the lineup for the first time in his career on 6/28 at Detroit, going 1-3 with a double and two runs scored.
- Hit his 50th career home run in the White Sox 1-0 win on 7/3 vs. Baltimore … matched Ron Kittle (218 games) for the fewest games to 50 in Sox history … also became the fastest Cuban-born player to reach the 50-homer plateau (previously Jose Canseco, 255 games).
- Posted a 13-game hitting streak from 6/26-7/11, going 17-53 (.321) with three doubles, two homers and six RBI … became the first Sox to record five 10-plus game hitting streaks in his first two seasons.
- Hit safely in 14 straight games from 7/21-8/3, batting .385 (20-52) with five home runs, 18 RBI and a 1.217 OPS.
- Connected on a two-run home run on 7/29 at Boston … centerfielder Mookie Betts made a running catch in center before flipping over the wall and losing control of the ball when hitting the ground … the play was initially ruled an out before being overturned following a video review.
- Drove in a run in a career-best six straight games from 7/27- 8/1 (10 RBI total) … recorded his fifth career multihomer game on 8/8 vs. Kansas City (solo shots off Jeremy Guthrie).
- Connected on a pair of doubles to reach 30 on 9/3 at Minnesota and hit his 25th homer on 9/4 at Kansas City … became the first player in White Sox history to record 25 home runs and 30 doubles in each of his first two seasons.
- Homered in consecutive games from 9/8-9 vs. Cleveland.
- Hit his 30th homer on 9/30 vs. Kansas City and reached the 100-RBI milestone on 10/1 vs. the Royals
American League Leaders: 1st in SLG (.581) and hitting streak (21); 2nd in TB (323) and OPS (.964); 3rd in HR (36) and AB/RBI (5.20); 4th in RBI (107) and XBH (73); 5th in AVG (.317), OBP (.383) and AB/HR (15.44); T10th in 2B (35)... was named American League Rookie of the Year by the Baseball Writers Association of America, Sporting News and Baseball America...was a unanimous choice by the BBWAA (ninth overall in AL) ... also was the recipient of the Players Choice AL Outstanding Rookie...Became the sixth White Sox rookie honored by the BBWAA, joining Luis Aparicio (1956), Gary Peters (1963), Tommie Agee (1966), Ron Kittle (1983) and Ozzie Guillen (1985)...Placed fourth in the AL Most Valuable Player voting, the highest finish for a Sox player since Frank Thomas was runner-up in 2000 and highest finish for a Cuban-born player since Jose Canseco also was fourth in 1991…Received his first AL Silver Slugger Award ...he and Alexei Ramirez became the fourth White Sox teammates to be named Silver Sluggers in the same season, joining Joe Crede and Jermaine Dye 2006), Magglio Ordonez and Frank Thomas (2000) and Thomas and Julio Franco (1994)…He and Ramirez became the first Cuban-born teammates to win the award in the same season and join Jose Canseco (four times) and Rafael Palmeiro (twice) as the only native Cubans to be named Silver Sluggers…Became the first rookie in major league history to rank among the top 5 in his league in each Triple Crown category…Joined Hal Trosky (1934), Ted Williams (1939) and Albert Pujols (2001) as the only rookies in history to record 30 doubles, 30 homers and 100 RBI in a season…Joined Dick Allen (1974) as the only White Sox in history to lead the major-leagues in slugging percentage…His 36 home runs set a Sox rookie record, surpassing the mark held by Kittle (35 in 1983), and were the sixth-highest total by a rookie in major-league history…His 107 RBI were the third-most by a Sox rookie, trailing Smead Jolley (114 in 1930) and Zeke Bonura (110 in 1934)… Was named an AL All-Star, becoming just the fifth Sox rookie to accomplish the feat and first since Kittle in 1983…Earned AL Player of the Month honors in April and July and Rookie of the Month for April, June and July...became the first rookie to be named Player of the Month twice in one season and fourth player to earn three-plus rookie award…Joined Frank Thomas (1994 and 1996) and Albert Belle (1998) as the only Sox to win the player award twice and only player in club history to win the rookie award more than once…ranked among the AL leaders in the following averages: second half (1st, .350); since 6/9 (2nd, .350); home (4th, .336); vs. LHP (5th, .353); with two outs (6th, .313)…Hit safely in 113 of 145 games and reached base safely in 124 of 145…recorded four multihomer efforts and homered in consecutive games four times (4/22-23, 6/2-3, 6/9-11 and 9/13-2-14)… His 14 games with three-plus RBI were the second-highest total by a Sox rookie behind Zeke Bonura (15 in 1934)…Hit .270 (31-115) with eight doubles, 10 homers and 32 RBI through April, earning both AL Player and Rookie of the Month awards ... set major-league rookie records in home runs, RBI, extra-base hits (19) and total bases (32) through April…Became the first AL player ever to receive both honors in his first month in the majors.. joined the Dodgers' Yasiel Puig (June 2013) as the only players in history to be named Player of the Month in his first month in the majors…Went 2-4 with a double, RBI and run scored on Opening Day vs. Minnesota ... doubled off Ricky Nolasco in his first at-bat…was walked intentionally twice on 4/2 vs. the Twins, becoming the first player since 1955 (when the stat was first tracked) to accomplish the feat within his first two games…Hit a go-ahead, three-run triple on 4/3 vs. Minnesota (four RBI total), becoming the first Sox player with a four-RBI game in his first three career games (Elias)…Recorded his first multihomer game, including his first homer, with five RBI on 4/8 at Colorado...became the first Sox rookie with two four-plus RBI games in his first eight career games…Hit a pair of home runs on 4/10 vs. Cleveland...became the third player in major-league history with two multihomer efforts in his first 10 games, joining Kansas City's Mark Quinn (1999) and Pittsburgh's Dino Restelli (1949)… Connected on a game-ending grand slam (first career) as part of his third multihomer effort on 4/25 vs. Tampa Bay (also career-high six RBI)…joined Cleveland's Ron Lolich (1972) as the only rookies to hit a game-ending slam (Elias)…Became the first player in history to have three multihomer games in his first 24 career games…His 32 RBI in March/April tied Smead Jolley (July 1930) for the Sox rookie monthly record (any month) and tied for third-highest monthly total in franchise history…Became the first rookie since Minnesota's Kent Hrbek in 1982 to lead the major leagues in home runs and RBI through April, and the first Sox player to lead the majors in those categories in any month since Roy Sievers in July 1960 (Elias)…Was on the disabled list from 5/18-6/2 with posterior tibia tendinitis in his left ankle…Hit a game-winning, three-run homer off Luke Gregorson in the eighth inning on 5/14 at Oakland…Won AL Rookie of the Month honors for June after batting .313 (31-99) with 10 homers, 22 RBI and a .677 slugging percentage.. became the third player in Sox history to hit 10 or more homers in a month twice in one season, joining Jim Thome (twice in 2006) and Frank Thomas (twice in 1993). Homered in each of his first two games after being reinstated from the disabled list on 6/2-3 at Dodger Stadium (off Clayton Kershaw and Josh Beckett)…Hit safely in 39 of 40 games from 6/15-8/1, batting .377 (60-159) with 14 doubles, 12 homers and 33 RBI…Recorded an 18-game hitting streak from 6/15-7/4, batting .338 (24-71) with eight homers, 18 RBI, 12 runs scored and six multihit efforts ... the streak tied Rip Radcliffe (1935) and Pete Ward (1963) for the seventh-longest by a White Sox rookie…Hit his 20th home run on 6/18 vs. San Francisco (58th game), the third-fastest in Sox history to reach that milestone behind Frank Thomas (46 in 1994) and Jim Thome (49 in 2006)…Posted a 25-game road hitting streak from 6/19-7/31, batting .406 (41-101) with 10 doubles, nine homers and 24 RBI…Recorded his fourth multihomer effort on 6/27 at Toronto, becoming the first player in history to reach 25 home runs in his first 67 career games…joined Bob Horner as the only players in history with four multihomer games over his first 67 contests…Was named AL Player and Rookie of the Month for July after hitting .374 (37-99) with 11 doubles, six home runs, 19 RBI, a .432 on-base and .667 slugging percentage…Became the fourth rookie to earn three-plus Rookie of the Month honors (also Ichiro Suzuki, Mike Trout and Jason Bay)…Compiled a 21-game hitting streak from 7/6-8/1, the longest by a Sox player since Carlos Lee's club-record, 28-game streak in 2004, the third-longest by a Sox rookie and tied for the 10th-longest in franchise history...hit .429 (36-84) with 11 doubles, four home runs and 15 RBI during the streak…Joined Hall-of-Famer Eddie Collins (21 and 22 games in 1920) as the only players in White Sox history to record multiple hitting streaks of at least 18 games in a season (Elias)…Became the first player with two 18-plus game hitting streaks in a season since Jacoby Ellsbury in 2011 (19, 18) and first rookie to accomplish the feat since Ichiro Suzuki in 2001 (23, 21)…Reached 50 extra-base hits in his 81st major-league game (home run on 7/12 at Cleveland), the fastest to that milestone in the major leagues since Ted Williams (80 games) in 1939…His 29 homers at the break ranked third in Sox history behind Frank Thomas (32, 1994) and Jim Thome (30, 2006) and were the second-most in history by a rookie behind Mark McGwire's 33 in 1987…Joined McGwire as the only rookies to lead the majors in home runs at the All-Star Break…Abreu and Alexei Ramirez became the eighth set of Cuban teammates to be All-Stars (last, Minnesota's Tony Oliva and Leo Cardenas in 1971) and the second in White Sox history (Minnie Minoso and Sandy Consuegra in 1954)…Led the AL in the second half in on-base percentage (.435) and ranked third in OPS (.948)…Hit his 30th home run on 7/26 at Minnesota (89th game), becoming the third-fastest player in MLB history to reach that mark behind Rudy York (79) and Mark McGwire (84)…Joined Jose Canseco (33 in 1986) and Tony Oliva (32 in 1964) as the only Cuban-born rookies to hit 30 in a season…Reached base in 10 straight plate appearances (6 H; 3 BB; 1 HBP) from 7/31-8/1, the longest streak by a Sox since Frank Thomas set a franchise mark with 15 from 5/16-20/97…Hit .376 (38-101) with a .466 OBP in August. Recorded a 14-game hitting streak from 8/19-9/5, batting .510 (25-49) with two home runs, 10 RBI and a 1.328 OPS…Became the fifth Sox player to record three hitting streaks of 14-plus games in a season (first since Mike Kreevich in 1937) and the first in the majors since Orlando Cabrera in 2009…Snapped an 18-game and 67 at-bat homerless streak on 8/19 vs. Baltimore…Registered consecutive three-hit games on 8/29-30…Recorded four straight multihit games from 9/13-15…reached 100 RBI on 9/13-2 vs. Minnesota with a solo homer…Matched Ron Kittle's franchise rookie record with his 35th home run on 9/14 vs. Minnesota…Established a franchise rookie record with his 36th homer in his final game on 9/27 vs. Kansas City…Entered the season rated by Baseball America as the No. 1 Prospect in the White Sox organization ... also tabbed by the same publication as the Best Power Hitter.
Played in 42 games for Cienfuegos during a shortened regular season … led Serie Nacional in home runs (19), slugging percentage (.604) and total bases (163) and ranked among the leaders in average (2nd, .345), runs scored (2nd, 60), RBI (3rd, 60) and walks (4th, 54) … was named the All-Star first baseman for the fourth consecutive year … represented Cuba at the World Baseball Classic … went 9-25 (.360) with six home runs during the tournament, including a grand slam vs. China … agreed to terms on a six-year, $68-million contract with the White Sox on 10/29.
His 35 home runs were the second-most in Serie Nacional history … finished second in the Most Valuable Player voting and was named the league's All-Star first baseman … led the league in average (.394), on-base percentage (.542), slugging percentage (.837) and hit-by-pitch (22) and ranked among the leaders in homers (2nd), RBI (2nd, 99), total bases (2nd, 236), walks (5th, 75) and runs scored (7th, 71) … tied a Cuban record by homering in six consecutive games.
Was named MVP of Serie Nacional, becoming the second winner in Ciengfuegos history … established a then league record with 33 home runs (shared with Yoenis Cespedes) … played in only 66 of 90 regular season games due to bursitis in his right shoulder … led the league in average (.453), slugging percentage (.986) and intentional walks (21) and ranked among the leaders in RBI (2nd, 93), hit-by-pitch (4th, 21), total bases (7th, 127) and runs scored (8th, 79) … represented Cuba at the Baseball World Cup and Pan American Games … was named the World Cup MVP after hitting .442 with three home runs and 10 RBI over 11 games … batted .524 with three homers and nine RBI on Cuba's bronze-medal winning team at the Pan Am Games.
Led Serie Nacional in slugging percentage (.822), hit-by-pitch (30) and intentional walks (1st, 32) and ranked among the leaders in average (2nd, .399), home runs (2nd, 30), total bases (3rd, 235), doubles (T3rd, 25), walks (4th, 74) and runs scored (6th, 82) … was named the league's All-Star first baseman … was the starting first baseman on Cuba's gold-medal winning International Cup team … helped Cuba win the gold medal at the World University Baseball Championship … hit .555 (10-18) with four homers and 12 RBI in six games.
Ranked eighth in Serie Nacional in home runs (19) and slugging percentage (.630) … played for Cuba in the World Port and Baseball World Cup international tournaments … was named to Cuba's provisional roster for the World Baseball Classic but did not make the final roster.