LOS ANGELES, March 7, 2013 — Rookie manager Robin Ventura guided the Chicago White Sox to a surprisingly good 85-77 record in 2012. They finished just three games behind the Detroit Tigers for the American League Central pennant, but out of the Wild Card playoff game.
A lot will be riding this year on the health of Jake Peavy and youngster Chris Sale to solidify the top of a rotation that ranked 17th in the majors with a 4.15 ERA. If both stay healthy, they could be one of the better 1-2 punches in baseball.
Chris Sale is coming off his first full season as a starter and Peavy threw over 200 innings last year for the first time since 2007. Staying healthy is easier said than done.
The meat of the White Sox lineup is not getting any younger, but Paul Konerko, Alex Rios and Adam Dunn are each capable of hitting at least 25 homeruns. In 2012, Chicago ranked seventh among MLB teams in runs scored and third in homeruns.
A.J. Pierzynski, who signed with Texas as a free agent, came from out of nowhere to hit 27 of those homeruns in 2012. The numbers Pierzynski put up last year are not likely to be repeated in 2013 by new starting catcher, Tyler Flowers.
Projected payroll: $113,670,000
Notable Players Out: 3B Kevin Youkilis, C A.J. Pierzynski, LHP Francisco Liriano, RHP Brett Myers, RHP Phil Humber,
Notable Players In: 3B Jeff Keppinger, RHP Matt Lindstrom
Prospect Watch: IF Carlos Sanchez and RHP Erik Johnson
Highlight Hitter: 1B Paul Konerko (ZiPS 2013 Projection: .284/.363/.485 26 HR/60 R/80 RBI)
Highlight Pitcher: LHP Chris Sale (ZiPS 2013 Projection: 14-8, 3.43 ERA, 8.91 K/9, 175.7 IP)
Projected Lineup: C Tyler Flowers, 1B Paul Konerko, 2B Gordon Beckham, 3B Jeff Keppinger, SS Alex Rios, FL Dayan Viciedo, CF Alejandro De Aza, RH, Alex Rios, DH Adam Dunn
Projected Rotation: LHP Chris Sale, RHP Jake Peavy, LHP John Danks, RHP Gavin Floyd, LHP Jose Quintana
Projected Closer: RHP Addison Reed
Manager: Robin Ventura
Projected 2013 Finish in AL West: 1. TBA 2. TBA 3. TBA 4. Chicago White Sox 5. Minnesota Twins
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