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    Chicago White Sox Spring Training Update: Players to Watch
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    Tim Anderson #7 and Yoan Moncada #10 of the Chicago White Sox celebrate a win over the Houston Astros at Guaranteed Rate Field on August 9, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. The White Sox defeated the Astros 7-1.

    The Chicago White Sox are undergoing an incredible youth movement this spring, and they'll have plenty of exciting players to watch as they go through camp in Glendale. 

    Tim Anderson

    Anderson had a bit of a rough season after signing a six-year contract during spring training in 2017, and he’ll be looking to bounce back after hitting just .257 with 17 home runs.

    The biggest key for Anderson will be showing more discipline at the plate, as the youngster fanned 162 times in 587 at-bats. His power numbers simply aren’t good enough to justify that many strikeouts, and if he can develop a more practiced eye and a willingness to hit for contact, then the Sox lineup becomes better.

    Eloy Jimenez

    Jimenez is dealing with an injury at the moment, but the highly touted prospect might be the biggest acquisition the team has made during its extensive rebuilding process.

    With a cannon arm and great defensive skill in the outfield, Jimenez looks like the type of multi-tool player that a team can build around, and watching his development both on the big stage and on the back fields in Glendale will be a highlight of spring training for the White Sox.

    Michael Kopech

    While Reynaldo Lopez and Lucas Giolito both made their way to the big leagues last season, Kopech toiled away in the minors, and is now getting his shot to show what he can do in spring training.

    Kopech recently made his first spring start, striking out three batters in two innings of shutout ball, and he’ll be hoping that he can crack the team’s rotation with Carlos Rodon on the shelf for the beginning of the season.

    Reynaldo Lopez

    Speaking of strong pitchers, Lopez is another player that the White Sox are hoping will turn into a quality starter. He went 3-3 in eight starts last season with the Sox, and posted a 4.72 ERA in those games.

    Yoan Moncada

    While Moncada has struggled a bit in spring training, going 1-for-13 in his first five games, the key for him will be one of development, as he will get a look as the team’s lead-off hitter during their Cactus League slate.

    Moncada’s patience at the plate makes him a viable candidate to hit in that spot, and Rick Renteria has shown a lot of faith in him as he prepares for first full season in the big leagues. 

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