The Chicago White Sox surprised most of the baseball world this season by going 85-77 and remaining in contention in the AL Central until the very end.
Many experts had predicted this team to lose at least 90 games and finish near the bottom of the division, but the Sox had other plans.
They decided that they didn't care what people were saying about them and just played solid baseball—well, at least for most of the season.
And if they would have had anything resembling hitting in the last two weeks they would have been playing in the postseason for the first time since 2008.
But it wasn't in the cards this year and so they now direct their focus to next season.
They certainly have some questions to answer and holes to fill, but overall they still have the nucleus of a team that won 85 games.
Now the question is, can they improve next year?
I think the answer is yes, but not unless they can make some adjustments to the roster and more importantly get better production from some guys that are already there.
This season was marked with young players who got the opportunity to show what they could do and took advantage of it. And they are going to need more of the same next year.
Here are a few guys who need to take their games to the next level in order to ensure that the White Sox remain contenders in 2013.