Aug 16, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu (79) hits a single during the fourth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
1. Jose Abreu 1B
You know him, you love him, your 2014 Rookie of the Year, Jose Abreu. This guy is a must own for every Sox fan. Adding Adam LaRoche to the club will allow Abreu to remain fresh during the season by giving him rest when needed.
In fact, with Emilio Bonifacio on the bench, manager Robin Ventura could elect to start Cabrera at first and Bonifacio in left field if he wants to give Abreu a day off while keeping LaRoche at DH. The White Sox have a lot of options, due to increased flexibility from their offseason acquisitions.
Abreu is certainly a first round pick as a result of his performance last season, which saw him hit .317 with 36 home runs and 107 RBI.
As Southside Showdown editor Stephen Forsha pointed out, he’s rated as the No. 2 first baseman by Baseball America. If you don’t grab him quick, you won’t get him. He hits for high average, power, and will score plenty of runs this season near the top of the White Sox order.
Some detractors may point to a potential sophomore slump as a reason for caution, but I don’t think there’s any more risk of that than any other player, such as Miguel Cabrera or Paul Goldschmidt, having their own dip in production.
I predict the slugger will follow-up his rookie campaign by winning the MVP in ’15, batting .320 with 110 RBI and 92 runs scored.
Now that we have that out-of-the-way, you can spend your time thinking of the perfect team name!