The 2018 season is behind the White Sox and the 2019 season could be an exciting year for fans as players make their major league debuts.
When Eloy Jimenez wasn’t promoted to the White Sox last September, there was a contingent of fans who were okay with the decision and some that weren’t. Jimenez tore up minor league pitching but still needed to work on his defense.
Entering the 2019 season, there isn’t much for Jimenez to do in the minors and he is likely to make his major league debut. When Jimenez does make his major league debut in 2019, there should be a lot of fanfare from Sox fans similar to when Michael Kopech debuted this past season.
The 2018 season was just a bad year for the Sox. With a 62-100 finish to the season, 2018 will likely be remembered as the worst year of the current rebuild for the Sox. However, 2019 should be much better for the team. With interest in many free agents this offseason, the Sox front office appears to be looking to build a contender for next season.
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Even if the Sox miss out on signing top free agents such as Bryce Harper or Manny Machado, they can surely still sign other players that will help them contend in 2019. Aside from the Sox front office pursuits of free agents, there are prospects that will make their debuts next season along with Jimenez.
Dylan Cease could make his major league debut next September. Although he performed well pitching for Double-A Birmingham, he still has more development left and will need some starts at the Triple-A level before being promoted to the Sox.
Zack Burdi is on the road to recovery after missing most of the 2018 season after recovering from Tommy John surgery. Burdi could make the leap to the Majors in 2019 but there won’t be any rush from the Sox front office to promote him. Other prospects that can make their major league debuts in 2019 include Zack Collins and Seby Zavala. Either of these players could be in line for a promotion in September.
While there are many prospects that will likely debut with the Sox in 2019, other prospects should get closer to the Majors through promotions in the minors. Luis Robert could find himself with the Barons to end the 2019 season along with Nick Madrigal. Expect each of these players to be close to making their major league debuts in 2020.
The 2018 Sox season will soon be a distant memory. 2019 figures to be an exciting year for Sox fans. If the Sox front office can build a contender for next season, expect 2019 to be the start of success on the south side.