Chicago White Sox: Three bounce back candidates for 2020

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Chicago White Sox Reynaldo Lopez
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128. . SP. Chicago White Sox. Reynaldo Lopez. 1. player

Reynaldo Lopez was probably the best pitcher on the White Sox staff in 2018. He took a pretty big step that season and looked like he was a lock to be on this staff for a long time. Then in 209, he struggled mightily. It looked like he might be the ace of the staff going into the season before Giolito really elevated into an elite pitcher. Lopez was okay the first time through the order, but then he struggled as guys started to figure him out.

If that is going to be the case with Lopez, he might be better served for the bullpen. The White Sox would probably be okay with him become a top-quality bullpen option, but he would probably prefer to be a big-time starter. 2020 is his chance to prove he can do that. He is a good pitcher that just needs to get back to what made him successful in 2018. The team wasn’t very good so he didn’t get the support he needed, but there should be plenty of that in 2020.

Lopez is a bounce-back candidate because of what we have seen him do in the past. It is not like he is an unknown commodity as he has been successful before. If he could be a good bottom of the rotation pitcher for the Sox, their staff will look even nicer. There are a lot of options for this staff this year, so he is going to need to be on top of his game to stick.

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