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White Sox

In a rebuilding season, it can be tough to find highlights. Luckily, baseball history is always lurking. Sometimes you just have to dig a little.

Despite the worst record in the American League prior to the All-Star break, there’s no shortage of interesting tidbits regarding the 2017 White Sox:

Jose Abreu

Most consecutive road home runs (13) by a White Sox player to begin a season, passing Tom Paciorek's team record of 11 in 1982. It was the most in the Major Leagues since Donn Clendenon's 13 in 1966 (for Pirates). Abreu eventually ended his home homerless streak (dating back to 2016) at 41 games. He had a sneaky-good first half and eventually overtook Avisaíl García for the team lead in OPS (.871)

Tim Anderson

Last season, Anderson became the first White Sox player since Thad Bosley in 1978 to hit a leadoff HR for his first career home run.

This season, Anderson became the first White Sox player EVER to hit a leadoff HR for his first season HR in each of his first two Major League seasons.

Melky Cabrera

Walkoff double on June 30th. 14 walkoff plate appearances (12 walkoff hits) is most in MLB from 2009-present.

Perhaps his most notable NON-walkoff hit of the season was his 9th inning one-out single on July 9th to spoil Kyle Freeland’s no-hit bid.

Matt Davidson

Fifth rookie in White Sox history with at least 18 HR before the All-Star break, joining: Jose Abreu (29) in 2014, Ron Kittle (18) in 1983, Carlos May (18) in 1969 and Zeke Bonura (18) in 1934

 

Fun Fact: Davidson is still a rookie despite having made his MLB debut (8/11/2013) before Jose Abreu made his (3/31/2014)

Avisaíl García

First player in White Sox history with 2+ Triples, 5+ Home Runs & 20+ RBI in a season before May 1.

He also had 11 three-hit games in the first half…which matched his total from the previous two seasons combined

2017: 11 three-hit games (78 games played)

2015-16: 11 three-hit games (268 games played)

Geovany Soto

Sixth player in White Sox history with 3 HR through team's first four games of season, joining Zeke Bonura (1934), Bob Nieman (1955), Minnie Miñoso (1960), Robin Ventura (1994) & Alejandro De Aza (2014).

Unfortunately, since that third home run on April 8th, the Sox have have had a total of ONE home run by a catcher (Kevan Smith). And Soto, struggling with injury, hasn’t played since May 7.

Tommy Kahnle

Kahnle has been the breakout bullpen star for the 2017 White Sox (honorable mention to Anthony Swarzak). 

He also had the best K/BB ratio by a White Sox pitcher before the All-Star break (with a minimum of 50 strikeouts):

K/BB Player Year K BB
8.143 Tommy Kahnle 2017 57 7
7.571 David Robertson 2015 53 7
6.826 Chris Sale 2015 157 23
6.375 Chris Sale 2014 102 16
4.852 Chris Sale 2013 131 27

Jose Quintana

First player in White Sox history with 10 K and an RBI in a National League park (7/8/2017 at Colorado). He was the first Sox pitcher to do it at any park since Bart Johnson 9/17/1971. It could be a useful note for a National League team seeking starting pitching.

Stay tuned, Sox fans. And enjoy the second half.