Rick Renteria, the newly appointed manager of the White Sox, is perhaps the most important part of the restructuring process.
He’s going to be involved in the day-to-day procedures, which is very important to a long process like the one the White Sox began this winter. In addition to the everyday operations, Renteria will also need to build a culture in the locker room that’s different compared to the ones in previous seasons.
After four consecutive losing seasons, his job will be to form a different mentality where the Sox do not have to focus on winning just yet. With the roster that has been given to Renteria, his main goal for this year needs to be improvement on all fronts.
Renteria will need to work with his veteran players and coaches to help the newcomers develop as the year goes along. Most of Renteria and his coaching staff’s time will need to be spent working with the new prospects like Yoan Moncada, Charlie Tilson, Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez and Michael Kopech, who are MLB-ready and will have a big part in the future of the team.
In addition to learning the game, the rookies and young players need experience. Renteria should give them a lot of playing time for them to get a feel for the game. At this point, the White Sox are nowhere near to contending for anything, so there’s nothing to lose if Renteria gives Giolito, Lopez and Kopech 10-20 starts and Moncada and Tilson starting roles.