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Williams: Dunn, Rios progressing well

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Williams: Dunn, Rios progressing well

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:

White Sox catching prospect mentioned in some elite company

White Sox catching prospect mentioned in some elite company

White Sox catching prospect Zack Collins is being talked about in some elite company after a recent accomplishment.

Collins participated in the Southern League Home Run Derby in Double-A earlier this evening for the Birmingham Barons, and he secured his first career home run derby win.

Now, this is cool, thanks to NBC Sports Chicago’s stats guru Chris Kamka: Dating way back to 1895, Babe Ruth was born on Feb. 6, 1895. Collins was born on the same day as Ruth, but 100 years later.

It’s still way too early to make any sort of comparisons, but it’s a fun way to connect the two.

Collins so far this season is hitting .267 with 9 HR, 33 RBI’s and 59 BB in 62 games. Those walks lead the Southern League. The next highest is 39.

Collins is hitting much better than he did when he was with Single-A Winston-Salem last season. Collins hit a mere .233 in 101 games.

Think about this too. Rick Hahn mentioned several White Sox prospects will get promotions in the coming days. Could this mean Collins will get his opportunity? We’ll just have to wait and see.

 

Jose Abreu still leading AL first basemen to start 2018 MLB All-Star Game

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Jose Abreu still leading AL first basemen to start 2018 MLB All-Star Game

Last week, Jose Abreu had a nearly 26,000 vote lead to start the 2018 MLB All-Star game over Red Sox first basemen Mitch Moreland. But now Abreu can take a brief sigh of relief on his quest to Washington.

MLB updated the American League fan ballot standings Tuesday for the Midsummer Classic. The Sox first baseman now has a lead on Moreland by over 138,000 votes.

This an encouraging sign for Abreu and White Sox faithful. Are fans taking notice of Abreu’s production this season?

His numbers this year include a slash line of .283/.338/.500. He also has 11 homers, 41 RBIs and 26 doubles. For his career, Abreu has a .299 average, 135 homers and 451 RBIs in 683 games.

He ranks first among AL first basemen in hits, doubles, RBIs, SLG and OPS. In other major offensive statistics, Abreu ranks near the top 10 for almost all of them.

Abreu is a cornerstone in the White Sox rebuild and if he does indeed start, it could be huge for his confidence and the team.

An All-Star nod this season would also mean a second career appearance in the game. He debuted in his rookie year (2014) as a reserve.

If fans indeed vote Abreu in as a starter, he would be the first position player to start for the White Sox since Frank Thomas did it back-to-back as a first baseman in 1994 and 1995.

There is still time to cast your votes to see Abreu start the Midsummer Classic. The AL will have another updated voting ballot June 26.