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Fantasy baseball player profiles: Chicago White Sox

Fantasy baseball player profiles: Chicago White Sox

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1 A.J. Pierzynski, C, Chicago White Sox
2 Paul Konerko, 1B, Chicago White Sox
3 Gordon Beckham, 2B, Chicago White Sox
4 Mark Teahen, 3B/OF, Chicago White Sox
5 Alexei Ramirez, SS, Chicago White Sox
6 Carlos Quentin, OF, Chicago White Sox
7 Alex Rios, OF, Chicago White Sox
8 Juan Pierre, OF, Chicago White Sox
9 Andruw Jones, OF, Chicago White Sox
10 Jake Peavy, SP, Chicago White Sox
11 Mark Buehrle, SP, Chicago White Sox
12 John Danks, SP, Chicago White Sox
13 Gavin Floyd, SP, Chicago White Sox
14 Bobby Jenks, RP, Chicago White Sox
15 Matt Thornton, RP, Chicago White Sox
16 J.J. Putz, RP, Chicago White Sox

A.J. Pierzynski, C, Chicago White Sox
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
4634812414691.268.306.417.723

Stable commodity that should give you double-digit homers with a workable batting average. A.J. Pierzynski is durable, too - someone you can gain on the cheap with high-level backstop playing time. Beware the up-and-coming Tyler Flowers, but the vet is still a mixed No. 2.


Paul Konerko, 1B, Chicago White Sox
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
23523648290.272.344.413.757

The BABIP and power rebounded last year, even if Paul Konerko walked less. In his 14th season, he's baseball old, but Konerko is only 33. You should draft him expecting his '09 line to be a foundation. Anything else is gravy for this stable deep-mixed CI that could be grabbed at a discount.


Gordon Beckham, 2B, Chicago White Sox
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
448541139435.252.316.371.687

You'll have to wait a bit to slot Gordon Beckham at the roto keystone. The ChiSox, however, didn't hesitate to bring their top 2008 pick to the bigs. The fast-tracked masher held his own for a rook against righties despite big platoon split. Many will overspend for his expected positional transition.


Mark Teahen, 3B/OF, Chicago White Sox
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

At least Mark Teahen won't have to count on numerous injuries for at-bats, but can he cut it at the hot corner full-time? His new ambience raises the intrigue, but Teahen's peripherals don't support power growth despite his age (28); he dents worms too much. Yawn.


Alexei Ramirez, SS, Chicago White Sox
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
5835415886722.271.304.374.678

Why are people ignoring this 20-20 threat? His batting eye and patience grew leaps and bounds in his second full season, and his flyball increase points to budding power. Sneak Ramirez past your enemy drafters at a middle-tier value; few at the position have as much upside.


Carlos Quentin, OF, Chicago White Sox
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
3905710019660.256.350.482.832

With a pin removed from his wrist, Quentin also needs to regain his plate approach. He'll work with hitting coach Greg Walker. Why you should buy low: Quentin hit 11 homers after his July return. He'll return something between his MVP-caliber '08 and his injury-stripped '09.


Alex Rios, OF, Chicago White Sox
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
59391168188329.283.327.445.772

Alex Rios has disappointed in power for so long, let line drives slip between his hands in '09 and floundered in his White Sox time. But he's only 28, and his flyball rate returned to '07 levels. A full season at U.S. Cellular Field increases his homer potential; bank on 20 swipes first, but Rios carries true sleeper value at a steep discount.


Juan Pierre, OF, Chicago White Sox
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

While Manny was trying to conceive, Juan Pierre reminded everyone how sparkplug-like he could be. He tries to swipe a bag about half the times he reaches, and he continued his line-drive prowess. With his contributions in the speedier categories, Pierre comes in as a valuable No. 5 mixed outfielder.


Andruw Jones, OF, Chicago White Sox
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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000000.000.000.000.000

The White Sox hope Andruw Jones can recapture life in part-time duty as a DH in another favorable ambience. Jones' aerial spike signals something similar to '09. He shouldn't be drafted in mixed leagues but could round out an AL squad.


Jake Peavy, SP, Chicago White Sox
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
11017516678451424.011.21

Injuries in consecutive years (elbow in '08, ankle last year) add to the switch from PETCO Park to U.S. Cellular Field. The full-time league switch should roll over negatively on his ever-so-slightly rising flyball percentage. Jake Peavy's dominance rebounded last year, which tempers the drop-off enough so that he could fly as a low-end No. 1.


Mark Buehrle, SP, Chicago White Sox
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
12020021794481244.231.33

Strikeouts merely get in the way for this soft-tossing innings-eater. Mark Buehrle also doesn't walk many, leaving him with steady command ratios; he's uninspiring, though. His homer rate jumped - not promising for a veteran 30-year-old that leans on contact. Buehrle will have a bunch of defensive changes behind him, too.


John Danks, SP, Chicago White Sox
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
9017519085481154.371.36

John Danks' cutter has helped him since its arrival in '08, but his flyball rate and gopher-to-flyball ratio normalized. Behold his home-road splits. Danks' dominance took a hit, too. Either way, he isn't as hittable overall and can work around trouble. Further groundball growth will amplify his game.


Gavin Floyd, SP, Chicago White Sox
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
4084834032724.291.37

Good start for a Cell arm: increase groundballs and K's. Gavin Floyd is offering his four-seamer less while utilizing his slider more. His fluky '08 normalized, but with opponents increasingly finding air on his strikes, there's room for more growth here.


Bobby Jenks, RP, Chicago White Sox
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
00000000.000.00

Looks to be OK after late-season calf injury. Bobby Jenks' K rate climbed again, but he may be a better pitcher if he doesn't rear back as much. The team is concerned about his conditioning; they have the capable Matt Thornton in the sock drawer and also acquired J.J. Putz. Many will see Jenks as poison, meaning you can tab him as value.


Matt Thornton, RP, Chicago White Sox
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
2250512218373.961.38

Matt Thornton held down the fort when Bobby Jenks was out of action during two stints. The fastball-slider southpaw throws hard, which is reflected in his dominance. Fleeting Bobby Jenks trade rumors give Thornton supreme handcuff value. J.J. Putz still has to prove he's effective, but he'll probably cloud this picture, as well.


J.J. Putz, RP, Chicago White Sox
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
3248401718483.191.21

Injuries - mainly with his pitching elbow - have pushed this righty closer toward reflecting his surname. Either way, the Sox are willing to see what he has; the team reports he's healthy. His dominance rate was double-digit percent when he was first nicked in '08. Putz's control remains risky. Matt Thornton is the safer saves speculation.