The Chicago White Sox spent most of 2015 reeling from a poor start, despite an offseason that appeared promising and fruitful. There weren’t many spectacular moments for the Sox this year but it is a team with some quality players and an underrated farm system. The South Siders failed to reach October glory, but there is still much this team should be thankful for.
The AL Central boasts the 2015 World Series champion Kansas City Royals but the rest of the division is pretty shaky. Detroit will be big spenders (historically they have been at least) when it comes to free agency to build its depth, Cleveland needs Corey Kluber to pitch like a Cy Young candidate in order to be a contender and Minnesota will have to rely on its youth if it hopes to win big in the upcoming seasons.
The South Siders have MVP caliber players, but as a top-heavy roster, those players don’t have much help around them. If the White Sox get more support for their stars, they will be in even greater position to be productive. Talent wasn’t the issue with the disappointing season of 2015 — but production. A number of players underperformed compared to their previous years and others didn’t develop on the pace they should have.
However, at 76-86, the Sox finished higher than the division flagship Detroit Tigers. If the batters can provide a little more support, this is a team that has the potential to be carried by its pitching into relevancy as the Sox’s starters combined for 98 quality starts.
There is still much White Sox fans should be thankful for despite a down year. Take a look at them below.