John Aurora, Contributor
The White Sox struggled in 2017, finishing with a record of 67-95. Although they’re not pinned for the top of the AL Central in 2018 either, they have some great fantasy assets; especially when it comes to value. Here are the players to watch in 2018:
Jose Abreu, 1B (rank 37, ADP 37.6)
2017: .304 AVG, 33 HR, 102 RBI, 95 R, 3 SB
Abreu is as consistent as it comes producing at least a .290 AVG, 25 HR, and 100 RBI every year he’s been in the big leagues. He is one of those players that have a high-floor, low-ceiling, and should be considered once the top tier of first basemen are drafted.
Avisail Garcia, OF (rank 220, ADP 197.7)
2017: .330 AVG, 18 HR, 80 RBI, 75 R, 5 SB
Garcia finally put it together last season as “Little Miggy” (referring to comparisons to Miguel Cabrera) hit a .330 AVG, 18 HR, 80 RBI, 75 R, 5 SB. However, Garcia did lead the league in BABIP, .392, making this type of production unsustainable. The 26-year-old is now in his prime years and maybe figured it out last year making him worth a spot as your last outfielder.
Yoan Moncada, 2B (rank 100, ADP 167.7)
2017: .231 AVG, 8 HR, 22 RBI, 31 R, 3 SB
The hype train for Moncada last year was out of control. Moncada struggled last year hitting a .231 AVG, 8 HR, 22 RBI, 3 SB; however, he turned it up in September hitting .276 with 5 HR over his final 24 games. Hitting near the top of the lineup, the White Sox will need an offensive spark and Moncada will be key for them. He has legitimate potential for a 20/20 season this year, and at his current ADP, I am BUYING Moncada even if his ADP increases over the coming weeks. Stolen bases are once again scarce, especially for a middle infielder, so I’ll have no problem drafting him. The speed is real and he’ll have the ‘go’ to take that additional base.
Wellington Castillo, C (rank 248, ADP 229.8)
2017: .282 AVG, 20 HR, 53 RBI, 44 R, 0 SB
Castillo inked a two-year deal with the White Sox to be their top catcher after hitting .282 AVG, 20 HR, 53 RBI last year with the Orioles where he split time with Caleb Joseph. Moving to another hitter-friendly home, Castillo should carry over his success from last year. His ADP is insanely low considering the lack of depth at catcher. With a lack of competition at catcher this year, Castillo should get a healthy number of at-bats for the first time in his career. Castillo will not hurt your average as many other catchers do and is a threat to hit 20+ homers. If I am unable to draft one of the top three catchers, I am waiting to BUY Castillo as I do not see much difference in value between him and the second tier of catchers.
Eloy Jimenez, OF
Acquired from the Cubs during last year’s trade deadline, this kid can rake as he hits for contact and power making him one of the top hitters in the minors. Scouts compare his upside to Giancarlo Stanton. Jimenez should be on your radar mid-to-late season. See 2017 Carolina League Home Run Derby Video.
Michael Kopech, SP
Acquired from the Red Sox last offseason, Kopech has a scary arsenal of pitches including his 100+ mph fastball. Scouts compare his arsenal to Noah Syndergaard. Walks have always been a concern, but late last year he seemed to figure it out with 1.9 walks per nine innings over his last nine games. Although I’m usually hesitant to buy rookie pitchers due to inning restrictions, I think Kopech can be an impactful call-up due to his strikeout potential as long as his control continues to improve.