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Alex Rios had a dismal season last year, just like Adam Dunn. He had a .265 OBP, lowest in the majors, and his 13 home runs was the fewest since his second season. Some might argue that because his OBP was 27 points worse than Dunn's, Rios had the worse year.
The White Sox need Rios to get on base at a reasonable rate this year if they hope to do anything of note; he needs to reach at least a .310 clip. Chicago is also hoping to get a few more home runs out of him.
He'll be returning to his natural position, right field, which Robin Ventura told ESPNChicago could make Rios feel more comfortable.
Something has to put Rios at ease if he's going to be a decent player again.
Likewise, something has to happen with Brent Morel and Gordon Beckham. Beckham has floundered since coming out strong his rookie year. He had 10 home runs and a .298 OBP last year after putting up nine home runs and a .317 OBP the year before.
He's tried everything to get back to his rookie form: he tried adjusting to pitchers, he tried going back to what worked in college, he tried loosening up his approach.
Beckham lost weight in the offseason. Hopefully, that works. He needs a decent offensive game to compliment his excellent defense.
Brent Morel needs to show he's a decent hitter for a full season. He ended up with 10 home runs and 41 RBI after a strong September in which he had eight dingers and 19 driven in. In no month prior to that did he knock multiple balls out of the yard. Also, his OBP was below .300 in three of the five months before that.
His OPS never cracked .700 before his .893 September split.
If Morel can come up with a full season in which he knocks it out on a weekly basis and comes up with a .700 OPS, it would be a boon to the White Sox.
All these three players have to do is have an average year for the White Sox to be satisfied.