AL Central Preview: Chicago White Sox

Ryan GaydosSenior Analyst IMarch 23, 2009

GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 20:  Carlos Quentin of the Chicago White Sox poses during photo day at the White Sox spring training complex on February 20, 2009 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

The White Sox will bounce back and make a run at the AL Central this year after a 89-74 record. The Whtie Sox will finish second to the Minnesota Twins and I really don't think they will win the wild card.

Keep and Eye on: Alexei Ramirez, 2B/SS
Ramirez's rookie season made showed that there is a new name in town when it comes to infielders. Ramirez batted .290 while hitting 21 homers and 77 RBI. He stole 13 bases last year too.

Projected Lineup
1. Jerry Owens, CF
2. Alexei Ramirez, SS
3. Carlos Quentin, LF
4. Jim Thome, DH
5. Paul Konerko, 1B
6. Jermaine Dye, RF
7. A.J. Pierzynski, C
8. Josh Fields, 3B
9. Jayson Nix, 2B

Projected Pitching Staff
1. Mark Buehrle, LHP
2. Gavin Floyd, RHP
3. John Danks, LHP
4. Claytin Richard, LHP
5. Jeffery Marquez, RHP

Projected Bullpen
Bobby Jenks
Scott Linebrink
Matt Thornton
Octavio Dotel
Ehren Wasserman

Top Prospects
1. Gordon Beckham, SS
2. Aaron Poreda, LHP
3. Tyler Flowers, C
4. Dayan Viciedo, 3B
5. Jordan Danks, OF