The White Sox did a good job pitching last season. Mark Buehrle led a pitching staff that had been one of the better groups in the American League for most of the year. They ended up at or near the top in a couple of key areas. The White Sox were second in strikeouts (1,220) and allowed the second fewest walks (439) and fewest unintentional walks (389).
The Yankees had two more strikeouts than the White Sox.
The White Sox had by far the best strikeout-to-walk ratio in the AL (2.78).
Now, Mark Buehrle is gone and the starting rotation looks a bit different. The rotation is a collection of five pitchers (John Danks, Gavin Floyd, Chris Sale, Phil Humber and Jake Peavy) that seems to most to be a motley crew of middle-of-the-rotation starters.
However, the White Sox, which will also have a new closer, have a few players fantasy owners would want when drafting in the coming weeks. Sale, a newcomer to the rotation, is a solid strikeout pitcher. Danks and Floyd should be on the upswing.
Following is a breakdown on that short list.