Not much went right for the Chicago White Sox in 2023. The team lost 101 games and the offense was abysmal for much of the season. Only five teams finished with a worse team batting average than the White Sox, and no team had a worse collective on-base percentage.
Heading into the 2024 season, it's hard to see where the lineup has improved. The team has added Max Stassi, Martin Maldonado, Paul DeJong, and Nicky Lopez, none of whom inspire much confidence with the bat.
However, there are a few options out there that would help the offense for 2024. One of these players is already in the organization, and the other is still available in free agency.
There is perhaps no better internal option than Colson Montgomery. Montgomery is the No. 9 prospect in baseball and has earned comparisons to Corey Seager as a lefty-hitting shortstop with pop.
Montgomery has posted respectable numbers at each of his stops in the minors thus far and had an impressive showing in the Arizona Fall League. Montgomery earned Most Valuable Player at the Fall Stars Game this offseason and appears ready to take the next step.
Paul DeJong will likely get the starts against left-handed pitchers, but Montgomery should see the bulk of the at-bats against righties. If Montgomery is ready to begin the 2024 season, there may be no drop-off offensively at the position even after losing Tim Anderson.