Chicago White Sox 2019 Season Preview: Fantasy Analysis
Chicago White Sox 2019 Season Preview
2018 Record: 62 – 100
Projected 2019 Record: 70 – 92
2018 Recap & 2019 Team Outlook
Chicago was one of a few teams that lost 100 games last season. Their offense was about league average, but their haul of young arms from recent trades are starting to look even worse. Reynaldo Lopez couldn’t pitch beyond the colder months, while Lucas Giolito continued to struggled. The offense was looking for Yoan Moncada to take the next step, which never really happened.
While the White Sox missed out on Manny Machado, they got Eloy Jimenez extended, which is going to get him into the lineup. He tore up the minors, and is an exciting power bat in the outfield. The White Sox have about five hitters who could crush 20+ HRs this season. They have solid upside, but the pitching is going to keep them down.
Because the AL Central is so weak, the White Sox offense has potential to do the most damage out of the teams at the bottom. Detroit and Kansas City being the others.
We finally get Eloy Jimenez. After destroying the minor leagues, there was talks of him staying down because of service time. Now he has signed his extension, and made the Opening Day roster. He is a big time power bat, but doesn’t sacrifice average to get there. He is an exciting piece for the future.
Jose Abreu and a few others seem to be expendable, and others will be looking when the deadline approaches. It is hard seeing Abreu still in a White Sox jersey at the end of the year, mainly because he isn’t part of future plans.
The White Sox took a risk trading for young pitchers, and they haven’t panned out yet. It is still a young group, but patience is wearing thin for them to start producing. Chicago is going to have to decide soon whether they want to stick with it or move on from them.
2019 Starting Pitchers
This would be an all-prospects rotation if we are looking at the last five years. Carlos Rodon, Reynaldo Lopez, and Lucas Giolito were all top prospects at one point or another, but nothing has come of it.
Rodon projects for over a 4.00 ERA, and will have some blowup starts due to the long ball and walk issues. He also has had injury issues the last few seasons.
Reynaldo Lopez’s velocity increase was tempting last season, and he did well to start the season. Once the weather heated up, his flyball tendencies came back to bite him. It is tough viewing him as a consistent option, but he has the most upside of this group still.
Lucas Giolito projects for over a 5.00 ERA this season, and was hammered for most of last season. He had a decent stretch at the end, but overall his stuff has been flat. Ervin Santana and Ivan Nova are average right-handers who will likely struggle in this ballpark.
2019 Relief Pitchers
The White Sox have had some good closers over the years, and that hasn’t changed in 2019. Alex Colome is coming in as a full time closer, projected for over 30 saves. They also have Nate Jones and Kelvin Herrera, who are above average set up names.
This is actually a good bullpen, and they need it with this staff. Opposing teams might have success against the starters, but their luck should end there.
Jace Fry and Caleb Frare are two names with swing and miss stuff. Fry projects as one of the better mid-range arms. Frare needs a little more work.
Jose Abreu remains one of the most consistent hitters in baseball when each season is said and done. He flirts with 25 HR and 90 RBI each season. He had a drop off in 2018, and his age might be starting to decline, but he is still a strong bat.
Eloy Jimenez is one of the top young bats on the rise, and he is going to enter 2019 as main starter. He brings a lot of excitement to the team, even after they missed out on Manny Machado. Jimenez is a future star in this league.
The rest of the lineup has some pop. Yoan Moncada is still a mix of speed and power that the White Sox think can breakout. He is starting to fall off a bit in terms of future excitement. Yonder Alonso was a nice pickup, as his launch angle improvement has turned him into a strong bat.
Daniel Palka is a big power bat, but isn’t going to hit for average. Both him and Tim Anderson flirt with a .250 average, but have a good source of power.
Projected Starting Lineup
- Yoan Moncada
- Yolmer Sanchez
- Jose Abreu
- Yonder Alonso
- Eloy Jimenez
- Daniel Palka
- Welington Castillo
- Tim Anderson
- Adam Engel
Noteworthy Fantasy Pitchers
Noteworthy Fantasy Hitters
Jose Abreu – Jose Abreu just continues to be one of the most consistent options at first base. He hovers around 25-30 HR each season, and has 80+ RBI. He also is never going to hurt your average or OBP leagues either. He is projected to hit over .280, which is where he has been most of his career. Abreu is being forgotten, and is likely going to be out of Chicago around the trade deadline.