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Consistent De Aza paces White Sox at the top

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Consistent De Aza paces White Sox at the top

DETROIT -- Alejandro De Aza said he has focused on the minute aspects of preparation to keep himself prepared for the long summer.
The White Sox center fielder has played in all but two of the teams first 94 games and jokes that he has been feeling old.
De Aza enters Sunday with a .280 batting average and a .346 on-base percentage. He leads the team with 61 runs scored and has stabilized the teams outfield with solid play in center.
I just try to do the little things in the weight room and try to stretch a lot because its going to be a long season and its hot right now, De Aza said. I just try to keep it up.
One area of De Azas game that has impressed White Sox manager Robin Ventura is consistency. Ventura thinks De Aza has done a good job of avoiding prolonged slumps. Even when De Aza struggles, he manages to stick with his approach and see pitches. Through Saturday, De Aza is 33 rd in the majors with a 4.04 average pitches seen per plate appearance.
Hes done a good job for us, Ventura said. For leading off and being able to take pitches and doing all the things hes been doing playing center field and for this being the first year he has done it, its a tough spot. But I like what hes done for us. Its his job to see pitches and let guys get a gauge of what a guy has got that day. Hes been able to do that. Hes not afraid to get deep into a count and take some pitches.

Meet the Prospects: Evan Skoug

Meet the Prospects: Evan Skoug

The White Sox rebuild is in full swing. While it might still be a year or two before the big league team is expected to start competing for championships, the minor leagues are stocked with highly touted talent fans will be eagerly following in 2018. With that in mind, it's time to Meet the Prospects and get to know the future of the South Side.

Evan Skoug

Skoug, the 22-year-old catcher, was a seventh-round pick of the White Sox in last summer's draft.

A Libertyville native, Skoug played his college ball at TCU, where he and the Horned Frogs made three consecutive College World Series appearances in the last three years. During his final season at TCU, Skoug slashed .272/.378/.544 with a whopping 20 homers and 71 RBIs.

After joining the White Sox organization, Skoug played 21 games with Class A Kannpolis, only picking up 10 hits — but two homers and two triples — in his 76 plate appearances.

As of their most recent rankings, MLB Pipeline had Skoug rated as the No. 24 prospect in the White Sox organization.

Get to know Skoug in the video above.

Fantasy baseball: Taking another crack at projecting the White Sox 2021 lineup

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Fantasy baseball: Taking another crack at projecting the White Sox 2021 lineup

Playing a rebuild-centric edition of fantasy baseball is all the rage for South Side baseball fans.

After Baseball America forecasted the White Sox starting lineup for the 2021 season, it sparked a new round of projections, and we weren't going to be excluded.

So here's a guess at what the South Siders will look like three years from now, with some variables obviously being discussed such as additions the team could make through free agency or a trade — Manny Machado? Nolan Arenado? Christian Yelich? — and which of their bevy of young pitchers could be left out of the starting rotation of the future.

Also be sure to send us your future lineups on Twitter. We're @NBCSWhiteSox.

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