With baseball seemingly right around the corner and a schedule announced, the White Sox are finalizing what the 30 man roster will look like.

They have announced the 44 players that will be available and it has all the usual suspects. The Sox haven’t announced where the taxi squad team will be playing and training, but it will be somewhere close to Chicago, with the logical thinking being North Central College or even DePaul. When that gets announced we will have a better picture of what the full squad will look like.

On Opening Day, however, they will be carrying 30 players to start the season. The Sox have a decent shot at making a run into the playoffs because of how they will be constructed.

Starting pitching will always be the make or break for any baseball team and the Sox have a good young staff that can lead the way.

The Starting Pitching

  • Lucas Giolito
  • Dallas Keuchel
  • Dylan Cease
  • Gio Gonzalez
  • Michael Kopech
  • Reynaldo Lopez
  • Carlos Rodon

They will have a unique opportunity to either use a six-man rotation or use an opener. The opener should be more effective in pairing someone like Rodon and Lopez, two guys who have had issues going late into games and could benefit from seeing lineups only once or twice through the order.

Kopech has been away from the team to start workouts for a personal reason, but GM Rick Hahn says he should be good to go for the start of the season and that should be good enough for fans. If there is any silver lining with the pandemic it is that the pitching staff got a chance to get healthy.

The Bullpen

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    Alex Colome

  • Aaron Bummer
  • Jace Fry
  • Steve Cishek
  • Evan Marshall
  • Jimmy Cordero
  • Kelvin Herrera
  • Ross Detwiler
  • Carson Fulmer

The White Sox bullpen has some question marks. The back end could be deadly with Aaron Bummer and Alex Colome rounding it out, but getting to them could be an issue. Steve Cishek was a great pick up in the offseason and Evan Marshall, Jace Fry, and Kelvin Herrera look to have bounce-back years in 2020.

The Infield

  • Jose Abreu
  • Yoan Moncada
  • Tim Anderson
  • Yasmani Grandal
  • James McCann
  • Zack Collins
  • Yermin Mercedes
  • Edwin Encarnacion
  • Leury Garcia
  • Danny Mendick

Looking at this list, there is a pretty big omission in Nick Madrigal, he’ll be on the team eventually but all reports show that he will start off the main roster for a week or so to save a year of service time.

The starting lineup is one that will have a lot of pop and with the universal DH this year the Sox won’t lose any at-bats due to inter-league play.

The Outfield

  • Luis Robert
  • Nomar Mazara
  • Eloy Jimenez
  • Adam Engel

The Sox outfield is stacked. Luis Robert and Eloy Jimenez have a chance, in even a shortened season, to hit 50 combined home runs. The biggest downfall of this outfield is the defense on the corners. Eloy has been trying to improve and Mazara isn’t the best defender so Adam Engel will be filling in the late innings to lighten that load.

All in all, the White Sox have a good roster compared to the rosters of the past few years. It is a team that has high expectations to make a run for the playoffs. Get in and anything can happen.

All of this could mean nothing with the looming threat of COVID-19 over the head of the league.
MLB has tried to do the best they can but that may not even matter if players decide to continue to opt-out.

Featured Image: Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune
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