White Sox midseason awards: A few diamonds in the rough
Jun 12, 2015; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Chicago White Sox designated hitter Adam LaRoche (25) strikes out during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Most disappointing player – 1B Adam LaRoche
It wouldn’t be a mistake for anyone to want Ramirez or Eaton here but for me, I am disappointed in LaRoche the most.
The White Sox came into the season thinking they had finally found the left-handed pop and protection at cleanup they needed for Abreu. Instead, LaRoche hasn’t made contact enough to display his power and because of that, has been dropped in the order.
For the season he is hitting .222/.327/.374 with nine home runs, 33 RBIs. Those numbers are nowhere near what we saw from him in his last four seasons with the Washington Nationals.
His is on pace for the worst season of his career and at 35 years old, there is no indication that a rebound is in order. With still another year left on his two-year, $25 million deal the White Sox are stuck trotting him out in the lineup everyday and hoping for the best.
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