As White Sox begin Spring Training, most eyes will be glued to the teams newest top prospects. Yoan Moncada, Lucas Giolito, Michael Kopech and Reynaldo Lopez all bring something special that will draw in most fans and reporters.
Moncada brings an impressive mix of speed and power. As the crown jewel of the Chris Sale trade, most will be watching to see if he can live up to his potential. Giolito was once ranked as the best pitching prospect in the game. While he was derailed by injuries, Spring Training gives Giolito a chance to prove he is still one of the best pitching prospects in the game. Kopech is known for his fastball, reportedly hitting 105 on the radar gun last season. Fans will be excited to finally get a look at the flamethrower and see that fastball in action. Lopez hasn’t received as much hype as the aforementioned three. Spring Training allows him an opportunity to show that he is a future ace on this White Sox team.
Outside of those four, the team has prospects in Zack Collins and Carson Fulmer who are just as integral to the team’s rebuild. Watching them face MLB pitching/hitting will be crucial when attempting to decipher their MLB potential.
Besides prospects, the White Sox have a lot to be excited about during Spring Training. Fans will get to see veterans such as Jose Quintana, Todd Frazier and David Robertson. As trade talks remain ongoing for all three, there’s a chance Spring Training is the last time they don a White Sox uniform. Fans will also get to see the development of rising stars Tim Anderson and Carlos Rodon as they look to become leaders on this young White Sox team.
The 2017 season may not be too bright for the White Sox, but the team has a lot to offer during Spring Training. With so much to watch, it’s easy for some players to go unnoticed.
One of those players is outfielder Rymer Liriano.
Liriano appeared in 38 major league games with the Padres in 2014. He hit .220 with one home run, six RBIs and four stolen bases. In 738 minor league games over seven seasons, Liriano hit .277 with 68 home runs, 378 RBIs and 190 stolen bases.
The White Sox claimed Liriano off waivers from the Brewers earlier in the offseason. While he hasn’t received the hype of a Moncada or Kopech, he offers a few traits that could make him a prospect to watch in 2017.