Alejandro De Aza's stint in the Dominican Winter League didn't go to well, as the likely starting left fielder for the White Sox hit just .198 with a .313 on-base percentage and .306 slugging percentage in 128 plate appearances.
He walked 17 times (13 percent) while striking out in 28 of his trips to the plate (22 percent) -- rates that are up, but within about three percent, from his 154 plate appearances with the White Sox last season.
De Aza probably saw a pretty normal regression in the DWL -- the good news is that his plate discipline numbers weren't totally out of whack from his time with the Sox in 2011. Maybe the even better news is that he got this initial regression out of the way while not playing for the White Sox.
His low slugging percentage is a little concerning, but just as we shouldn't take De Aza's great 154 plate appearances last season as the gospel, we shouldn't with 128 plate appearances in the DWL.
With the Cubs back in the NLCS, White Sox fans have had to deal with another post-season of Cubs this and Cubs that. How does one escape it? Diehard White Sox fan John Kass of the Chicago Tribune comes on the podcast to talk with Chuck Garfien about his recent column entitled "Searching for a safe space in Cubslandia." Kass talks about how he's dealing with the Cubs success and how White Sox fans can find this safe space. He tells the story about taking the White Sox World Series trophy into a Chicago Tribune board meeting in 2005 to rub it in the faces of the Trib's executives who were all Cubs fans.
Kass talks about how he watches the Cubs in the playoffs, the Chicago media coverage of their playoff run and how Cubs fans will react if they don't repeat as champions. Garfien and Kass also discuss the White Sox rebuild, the Cubs losing in 2003 and why Kass will be calling Cubs Pre and Post host David Kaplan in the middle of the night if and when the Cubs are eliminated.
Former White Sox pitcher Daniel Webb died at the age of 28 in an ATV accident on Saturday night, according to Humphreys County Sheriff Chris Davis.
Davis called it a “tragic accident, and we should rally around the family.”
Webb, a Paducah, Ky. native, was with the White Sox from 2013-16 and went 7-5 with a 4.50 ERA.
The White Sox released this statement:
Daniel left many friends within the Chicago White Sox organization, and we are all shocked and stunned by the news of last night's terrible accident. He was a terrific young man with a full life ahead of him. All thoughts and prayers go to his family and friends as they deal with today's tragic news.