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Homegrown Team: Chicago White Sox

Posted on: December 10, 2011 12:05 pm
 
Magglio Ordonez

By C. Trent Rosecrans


What if players were only permitted to stay with the team that originally made them a professional? No trades, no Rule-5 Draft, no minor or major league free agency ... once you are a professional baseball player, you stay in that organization. This series shows how all 30 teams would look. We give you: Homegrown teams. To view the schedule/past entries of this feature, click here.

If there's an opposite of the Oakland A's and Billy Beane's Moneyball, it's Kenny Williams and the White Sox. The White Sox have not drafted well and searched to fill holes through free agency, spending money and taking big chances in trades. While Williams' way makes him the butt of some jokes and nobody's making a movie about him anytime soon, he does have something Beane doesn't have -- a World Series trophy.

Lineup

1. Alexei Ramirez, SS
2. Gordon Beckham, 2B
3. Michael Morse, 1B
4. Chris Young, CF
5. Carlos Lee, DH
6. Magglio Ordonez, RF
7. Ryan Sweeney, LF
8. Brent Morel, 3B
9. Chris Stewart, C

Starting Rotation

1. Mark Buehrle
2. Gio Gonzalez
3. Daniel Hudson
4. Brandon McCarthy
5. Clayton Richard

Bullpen

Closer - Jon Rauch
Set up - Matt Guerrier, Chris Sale, Addison Reed, Boone Logan, John Ely
Long - Lucas Harrell

Notable Bench Players

Not surprisingly, when looking at the state of the organization (and the state of that lineup), the White Sox are thin on bench players, with Dayan Viciedo making a push for the starting lineup as well as Chris Getz on the infield and Mike Cameron in the outfield.

What's Good?

There's no Adam Dunn, for starters. The rotation is good, especially at the top with Buehrle and Gonzalez. The rest of the rotation is good enough, as well. While Rauch isn't the top closer around, the rest of the bullpen is talented.

What's Not?

The lineup isn't going to strike fear into too many pitching staffs, even though there are nice pieces. The corner outfielder and DH are all on the down side of their career. There's also not much depth on the roster among position players.

Comparison to real 2011

The White Sox finished 79-83 in 2011, thanks to poor seasons from Dunn, Morel, Beckham and Alex Rios. The rotation is likely a little better in real life than this team, while the bullpen is better here than in real life, evening out. The lineup may not put up a lot of runs, but the White Sox didn't, either. The real team has an impact bat in Paul Konerko and a good complimentary piece in Carlos Quentin. This lineup doesn't have those kinds of weapons, so I'm not so sure our hypothetical team could match the 79 wins the White Sox finished with in 2011.

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Comments

Since: Sep 5, 2011
Posted on: December 21, 2011 4:09 pm
 

Homegrown Team: Chicago White Sox

This series is only relevant to players still in baseball. Thomas is retired. It's not "who are the best players that have been drafted by a franchise". The players still need to at least be hanging around in the minors and in the players union to be listed.



Since: Feb 24, 2008
Posted on: December 20, 2011 6:45 pm
 

Homegrown Team: Chicago White Sox

What about Frank Thomas?   He is one of the best hitter in his generation.



Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 9:37 pm
 

Homegrown Team: Chicago White Sox

I'd say Daniel Hudson is the ace of that group, with Buehrle a #2 and Gio a #3. He shouldn't be characterized as part of a "good enough" rest of the rotation. He had a great year in a tough park to pitch in last season.



Since: Jan 11, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 10:35 am
 

Homegrown Team: Chicago White Sox

Williams is a flipping joke he needs to be fired



Since: Sep 5, 2010
Posted on: December 11, 2011 10:06 am
 

Homegrown Team: Chicago White Sox

These "homegrown" pieces are pretty thought provoking - or in some cases really put an exclamation point on the obvious.  Turns out our White Sox don't find/or and grow talent very well.  Who would've guess that (sarcasm)?!?!?



Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2011 7:15 pm
 

Homegrown Team: Chicago White Sox

Well, considering the Sox' recent draft selections include Joe Borchard, Royce Ring, and Lance Broadway, this team is not so bad. They wouldn't lose more than 90 lol. I would make Sale the closer on this team though.

Aaron Rowand is not mentioned on this team. Not that he deserves a mention, but he can at least be a bench player. i know he was released by the Giants but someone will pick him up.




Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2011 7:12 pm
 

Homegrown Team: Chicago White Sox

Well, considering the Sox' recent draft selections include Joe Borchard, Royce Ring, and Lance Broadway, this team is not so bad. I bet they could lose fewer than 90 games lol. I would make Sale the closer on this team though.

I do have a issue though...Aaron Rowand is not mentioned on this team. Not that he deserves a mention, but he can at least be a bench player. I am just wondering if he isn't mentioned because he was originally drafted by the Mets out of high school and didn't sign. He was drafted later by the Sox out of college.




Since: Jul 11, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2011 4:49 pm
 

Homegrown Team: Chicago White Sox

Where are the notable bench players?


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