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White Sox: Tuesday homer a shot of confidence for Avisail Garcia

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White Sox: Tuesday homer a shot of confidence for Avisail Garcia

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Tuesday’s intrasquad provided a nice dose of positive reinforcement for Avisail Garcia moving forward.

The White Sox outfielder blasted a two-run home run to right in his team’s second intrasquad meeting in two days.

The White Sox open their exhibition season on Thursday. The hope is that Garcia gets comfortable with an altered stance over the next month so he doesn’t revert back to his old ways.

“For him to start off like that is good to see,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said.

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A good season from Garcia could do wonders for a White Sox offense that struggled to produce in 2015. Ventura said he can see a slight difference in Garcia’s stance.

“The mechanics of it are a little different,” Ventura said. “You can see him sitting down a little. I think his bat is a little flatter as far as starting going through the zone, which is going to help him. It’s going to help him maintain that barrel through the zone a little longer. Whether he hits it as much he’s going to be able to foul stuff off, stay alive a little more and give himself more chances.”

Garcia worked out for three days in January with hitting coach Todd Steverson and first baseman Jose Abreu in Miami. He’s felt good about the changes they put in place ever since.

“I have confidence in what I'm doing so it's very important,” Garcia said. “Just have to keep working, trying to repeat every at-bat, trying to be consistent. That's what I'm looking for.”

Jose Abreu has already begun mentoring Luis Robert

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Jose Abreu has already begun mentoring Luis Robert

As the White Sox have added young Cuban stars in the making in Yoan Moncada and Luis Robert, Jose Abreu's long-term role on the team has shifted.

The 31-year-old first baseman has been looked at as something of a mentor for the two young Cubans. He seems to be delivering on that so far.

Abreu picked up Moncada from the airport when he first was called up to the White Sox last July. Now he's helping Robert in the batting cage.

The Cuban trio is expected to play a big part of the White Sox future in the coming years. 

Robert has already stated his goal of making it to the majors this year to join Abreu and Moncada, but that may be an overly ambitious goal. Either way, plenty of eyes will be on him throughout 2018 as he marches towards the White Sox roster and his Cuban teammates.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Meet the real Tim Anderson

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Meet the real Tim Anderson

On the latest White Sox Talk Podcast, Tim Anderson opens up about his struggles in 2017 and why he wants White Sox fans "to know the real me."

Anderson dives into his personal tragedy from last season when his best friend was murdered in Alabama. 

He talks with Chuck Garfien about the dark days that happened, how counseling helped him, his new leadership role in 2018, if he'll draw more walks this season, "bringing swag to the South Side" with Yoan Moncada and much more.

Listen to the full White Sox Talk Podcast right here: