Alex Rios hasn't done anything this spring, production-wise, to erase any concerns about his 2011 struggles seeping into 2012. The 31-year-old who posted a .613 OPS last year has compiled a .244.300.333 Cactus League slash line with three walks, six strikeouts and one home run.
Of course, last spring Rios tore the cover off the ball, belting four home runs with a .956 OPS. It's just a reminder that spring stats aren't always predictive of regular-season results.
The White Sox are hoping Rios' spring numbers don't carry over when things begin to matter on April 6. On the flip side, they're hoping Adam Dunn's spring stats are a sign of things to come in the regular season.
In 14 games, Dunn has hit four home runs while drawing 12 walks with four strikeouts. His 1.111 OPS is a nice bow on what has been an encouraging showing in the Cactus League, as Dunn has looked like the guy the Sox shelled out 56 million to land prior to the 2011 season.
That Dunn has only struck out four times and gone deep off a lefty is cause for optimism. Yes, spring stats don't always matter. But in the case of Dunn, these 32 at-bats are some of the only good ones he's had in a White Sox uniform.
White Sox GM Kenny Williams sat down with CSN's Pat Boyle to discuss Rios and Dunn, along with a few other topics. Check out the interview below:
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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