White Sox 2017 season featured many high’s and low’s but most importantly it was a fun year with many youngsters contributing.
Expectations entering the 2017 season for the Chicago White Sox was very low. The team had just begun rebuilding its roster in the offseason, and they still had more veterans to trade throughout the season. However, despite a 67-95 record, the 2017 season will be remembered fondly by Sox fans.
There were plenty of great stories throughout the year that highlighted the Sox top prospects, star veterans, and a few surprise players. The Sox were a fun team to watch in 2017. The 2017 season was vastly different than other seasons where the Sox failed to might lofty expectations.
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Sox manager Rick Renteria instilled a lot of energy into this team in 2017 and it was evident to many fans very early. The Sox played each game hard and didn’t quit. A mantra was born this year stating “Ricky’s Boys Don’t Quit” and it was true. Especially in the final two months of the season. The Sox went 22-22 in their final 44 games of 2017
There were also plenty of positive developments of the Sox young players. Yoan Moncada, Reynaldo Lopez, Lucas Giolito, and Carson Fulmer all performed well for the Sox. Each player made tremendous progress in their individual developments at the major league level.
Jose Abreu not only became a clubhouse leader in 2017, but he had a historic season. Abreu showcased many leadership traits this past year. From picking up Moncada at the airport after he was promoted to alerting Lopez to come clean about his discomfort, Abreu showed his value to the Sox goes beyond the playing field. He also became just the third player in MLB history to hit 25 or more home runs with 100 or more RBIs in his first four seasons.
Avisail Garcia and Yolmer Sanchez were pleasant surprises at the plate. Garcia had a career-year as he hit .330 with 18 home runs and 80 RBIs. The 26-year-old also appeared in his first All-Star game this past season. Sanchez hit a career-high .267 with 12 home runs and 59 RBIs. The 25-year-old played solid defense at third base after the Sox traded Todd Frazier.
The Sox have a bright future ahead and they will enter 2018 with some positive momentum. Don’t expect the team to contend next year, but they could surprise a lot of people. 2018 will be an interesting season as fans should see more top prospects in Michael Kopech and Eloy Jimenez promoted before the end of the year.