AL Central: Who is the top starting pitcher?

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5. Jeff Samardzija (Chicago White Sox)

Mar 17, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Chicago White Sox pitcher Jeff Samardzija against the Seattle Mariners at Camelback Ranch. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

2014 Stats

WHIP: 1.07

ERA: 2.99

K/9: 8.28

Quality Starts: 23

The Shark played for the Cubs and A’s last year, as he posted a career low ERA as a full time starter and the move from the NL to the AL didn’t affect him as much as many thought it may. He’s pitching for a free agent contract and stands a good chance to best his career high in wins of nine.

I know the White Sox have talked about signing a contract extension with Samardzija, but if he posts solid numbers he may pitch himself out of Chicago yet again. We have yet to see his best I believe, but he may always be one of those fringe guys who is a solid pitcher but never a true ace.

Next: No. 4: Health is the issue