Chicago White SoxManager: Robin Ventura
Stadium: U.S. Cellular Field
2008 Record: 89-74 (1st in AL Cent)
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-- Buster Olney
HITTER TO WATCH:
Either Dayan Viciedo or Gordon Beckham could appear this year and contribute, with Beckham more likely. In the meantime, utilityman Chris Getz will bring a high-contact, modest-OBP bat to second base.
PITCHER TO WATCH:
Left-hander Aaron Poreda's sinker could set him up to return in a relief or spot-starter role this summer, although he needs to improve one of his off-speed pitches to stick in the rotation.
-- Keith Law, Scouts Inc.
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Chris Getz will start at second base and give you a nice combination of speed and power. Sure, there will be some growing pains, but at the price you'll be getting him, he's an incredible bargain.
Though Gavin Floyd won 17 games last season, he was more fortunate than good. Expect a far higher ERA and quite a few more losses this season, even if his overall performance manages to improve.
-- AJ Mass
INJURY TO WATCH
Jose Contreras' 2008 season came to an abrupt halt when he tore his Achilles tendon in August, necessitating surgery. Although he was originally projected to be out until perhaps the All-Star break, Contreras has exceeded expectations. Between shedding 30 excess pounds and rehabbing diligently, Contreras has put himself into position potentially to start the season on schedule. His pitch location still needs some work, but his velocity is up, and, most important, Contreras feels fine physically. At 37, he's not the youngest guy in the rotation, but he's certainly working as if he had something to prove. Keep an eye on him.
-- Stephania Bell
PRESEASON POWER RANKINGS
No. 11 overall
No. 12 overall
No. 9 overall
No. 18 overall
No. 11 overall