When Alejandro De Aza opened Monday's win over Cleveland with a solo home run, it represented the first leadoff home run hit by a White Sox player since October of 2009 -- the longest drought in the majors.
On Wednesday, with the Indians mounting a rally, De Aza took Dan Wheeler deep for a two-run homer, putting the Sox up 7-4 in the sixth. Through five games, De Aza has hit as many home runs as Pierre did in 158 games last year, and only one fewer than Pierre hit in the 318 games he spent with the Sox.
Everything isn't peachy with De Aza -- he had a bad series against Texas, committing two outs on the basepaths and biffing diving attempt at a fly ball. And he still has yet to take a walk this season, not ideal for a leadoff hitter.
But just the fact that the White Sox leadoff hitter has the capability of hitting home runs is something we haven't seen in years. Heck, when Scott Podsednik led off, he wasn't much of a home run threat. Same goes for, dare I say, Jerry Owens (although Roy Halladay may disagree).
There's just something refreshing about De Aza's power. Maybe it's because Pierre spent the last two years leading off for the Sox, when home runs were a shocking matter. But with De Aza, that doesn't appear to be the case.
In this episode of the SportsTalk Live Podcast, Danny Parkins (670 The Score), Chris Bleck (ESPN 1000) and Scott King (WGN Radio) join David Kaplan on the panel.
Ryan Pace’s offseason begins. Josh Sitton and Jerrell Freeman are gone, but what will he do with Kyle Fuller?
Plus, Rick Hahn joins Kap from Glendale, Ariz., to discuss the state of the White Sox rebuild, how tough it is to keep their best prospects in the minors and why Jose Abreu is so important for his young team?
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The White Sox three outfield prospects are creating a lot of buzz at spring training.
On this edition of the podcast, Micker Adolfo tells Chuck Garfien about a conversation they all had about one day becoming the starting outfield for the White Sox. Adolfo talks about his longtime friendship with Eloy Jimenez, his impressions of Luis Robert, Luis Basabe and the White Sox future.
But first, it's a conversation with MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez who has great insight on many of the White Sox players: Jimenez, Robert, Yoan Moncada and Jose Abreu. He tells an amazing story about why Jimenez decided to sign with the Cubs when he was a teenager, how much Abreu is revered in Cuba and much more.
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