Hey guys. New to the board. Hopefully I didn't miss this already being posted, but ESPN just released their lineup rankings going into 2020.
The White Sox are ranked #13. Seems much lower than I would expect. There are also several that seem very over-ranked at the top. What are your thoughts?
Link: Way Too Early 2020 MLB Starting LIneup Rankings - ESPN
Comments about the White Sox:
13. Chicago White Sox (86.1)
1. Yoan Moncada (B)
2. Luis Robert (R)
3. Jose Abreu (R)
4. Edwin Encarnacion (R)
5. Eloy Jimenez (R)
6. Yasmani Grandal (B)
7. Nomar Mazara (L)
8. Tim Anderson (R)
9. Nick Madrigal (R)
Contact: 16 | Patience: 26 | Power: 9 | Speed: 7 | Balance: 1
Core hitters: 3 | Lineup holes: 0
Last season, gaping lineup and roster holes wiped out any hopes Chicago had of rising to at least mediocrity. In terms of everyday players, those holes have been filled by the White Sox's frenzied offseason. This projection is exciting on the face of it -- a powerful, athletic group with the kind of balance that should allow Rick Renteria to run out the same group just about every day, with Mazara's weakness against lefties being the exception. Encarnacion's age is a concern. So is the number of free swingers. But Chicago also has the dynamic group of Robert, Moncada, Jimenez and Madrigal, all of whom have better days ahead and a hopefully steep growth curve.