Brad Fosler

What we expect the 2020 White Sox will be...

What we expect the 2020 White Sox will be...

With the playoffs underway - and the White Sox not in them - we decided to look back on the 2019 season and take a glance into the future. The ‘team of the future’ just might have a lot to offer… and it might already be here.

We sat down with our Chuck Garfien, Vinnie Duber, Leila Rahimi, Ozzie Guillen and Scott Merkin, White Sox writer for MLB.com, to get their take on the South Siders. 

Previously: Best storylines of 2019breaking down what we learned in the 2019 seasonneeds for the 2020 season and the biggest disappointment of the 2019 season.

There's a common theme among all thsoe asked about what the 2020 White Sox will be...

Chuck Garfien - "Competing for a wild card."

Vinnie Duber - "They will be in playoff contention."

Leila Rahimi - "The 2020 White Sox will be better." 

Scott Merkin - "The 2020 White Sox will be playing meaningful baseball in September."

There's no doubt that expectations are high for the young team going into the 2020 season, but the question remains... is what the White Sox have now enough to get it done? What offseason moves need to be made for the White Sox to become the team everyone is hoping them to be.

With Luis Robert and Nick Madrigal set to join the club sometime during the season, fans can expect the upcoming season at Guaranteed Rate Field to be an exciting one. It all comes down to how the young core improves and builds consistency.

Only time will tell what happens but things are looking up for the team with so many young prospects on the rise.

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Reynaldo Lopez, Yonder Alonso and Jon Jay among the biggest disappointments of the 2019 White Sox

Reynaldo Lopez, Yonder Alonso and Jon Jay among the biggest disappointments of the 2019 White Sox

With the playoffs underway - and the White Sox not in them - we decided to look back on the 2019 season and take a glance into the future. The ‘team of the future’ just might have a lot to offer… and it might already be here.

We sat down with our Chuck Garfien, Vinnie Duber, Leila Rahimi, Ozzie Guillen and Scott Merkin, White Sox writer for MLB.com, to get their take on the South Siders. 

Previously: Best storylines of 2019breaking down what we learned in the 2019 season and needs for the 2020 season.

We're breaking down the biggest White Sox disappointments from the 2019 season.

"Wow, so many," says Guillen. "So, so, so many."

The cards were mixed when asked about the biggest disappointment. Take your pick between Reynaldo Lopez, Yonder Alonso and Jon Jay. Jay was injured most of the season, so the basis of his disappointing season wasn't on lack of production, but lack of playing time as he only played in 47 games.

Meanwhile, Reynaldo Lopez and Yonder Alonso played a full season, though, Alonso ended up with the Colorado Rockies mid-season.

Lopez started 33 games and finished the season with a less-than-impressive and career-high 5.38 ERA. His 110 earned runs led the majors. (In fact, two White Sox pictures made the top five in most earned runs - Lopez with 110 and Ivan Nova with 98).

[MORE: Rick Renteria voices frustration with Reynaldo Lopez during start in Detroit]

"We hope and we thought this kid was going to be way, way, way, way better," says Guillen. "He needs to be better next year."

Yonder Alonso played his final White Sox game on June 26 and in his 67 games with the club his batting average was .178 with a .576 OPS... not great. The White Sox didn't miss out on a second-half surge from Alonso either as he only hit .260 with Colorado in 54 games.

"[Jon Jay] could have been a real, real bright spot in this lineup," says Leila Rahimi. "We never really got to see that whole 2019 White Sox lineup together like it was originally planned."

Before his injury, Jay was hitting .267 so it's hard to say that the White Sox lost a key piece of their lineup. Ryan Cordell was called up from Triple-A Charlotte to take his place and Jay's contract was only a one-year deal, so it's unknown if the White Sox plan to bring him back or not.

If the White Sox want to be real contenders in 2020, Lopez is the key guy that will need to improve. Having another consistently strong arm on the rotation next to Lucas Giolito, Michael Kopech and Dylan Cease will be very important.

There’s a clear need for the 2020 White Sox if they want to contend

There’s a clear need for the 2020 White Sox if they want to contend

With the playoffs underway - and the White Sox not in them - we decided to look back on the 2019 season and take a glance into the future. The ‘team of the future’ just might have a lot to offer… and it might already be here.

We sat down with our Chuck Garfien, Vinnie Duber, Leila Rahimi, Ozzie Guillen and Scott Merkin, White Sox writer for MLB.com, to get their take on the South Siders. 

Previously, we looked at the best storylines of 2019 and broke down what we learned in the 2019 season, now we're taking a look forward at what the biggest need is for the club.

"Gotta be starting pitching," says Duber. "Rick Hahn's got starting pitching on the shopping list for this winter, so we're likely going to see some additions there."

The White Sox need starting pitching. Period. The rotation they have now is getting by, but they need to go from getting by to succeeding in order to become the postseason contenders they strive to be.

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While Lucas Giolito dominated on the mound - and was the clear story of the 2019 White Sox - the rest of the rotation didn't give as much of the 'wow' factor that the club will need moving forward.

Dylan Cease was called up to the majors in June and in his 14 starts he's posted a 5.79 ERA with a 4-7 record. He had his shining moments for sure, winning in his first major league appearance in July and striking out a season-high 11 Cleveland Indians hitters on Sept. 3. This surely gives White Sox fans (and the front office) hope for the future as he heads into his first full major league season, but it's impossible to say that he's the piece they needed that completes the rotation.

Michael Kopech is due to return to the mound in 2020 after undergoing Tommy John surgery. Kopech only started four games after being called-up and inevitably suffering a tear in his ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, the timing of which kept him out of the rotation until the start of 2020 season. He's ready to return and even calls his Tommy John surgery "the best thing to ever happen."

Ivan Nova really showed that he's ready to compete. He had a seven game stretch in July and August where he allowed only 5 runs in 48.0 innings pitched which comes down to a 0.94 ERA. He told NBC Sports Chicago that the White Sox will be playoff contenders soon.

How soon? "Soon," says Nova.

Reynaldo Lopez had an OK season. After a dismal first half, he improved post All-Star break and finished strong. Lopez has a promising future but it's hard to call him reliable.

With Carlos Rodon suffering a significant arm injury early in the season, Dylan Covey was about the only one left to fill the spot and he didn't do anything exemplary for the rotation.

"I don't know how you go out there and say you're OK with what you have right now," says Rahimi.

With injured guys returning and young guys getting their shot in The Show, the 2020 White Sox have major potential... if they beef up their starting rotation.