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Chicago White Sox Midseason Grades

D.A.Senior Writer IJuly 16, 2008

1B: Paul Konerko
Affected by injury for a few weeks. Team captain is batting a measly .217 with nine home runs and 34 RBI.

Grade: C-

2B: Alexei Ramirez
Stepped up when Juan Uribe was out, batting .312 with clutch hitting and superb defense. Easily top five rookie of the year candidate.

Grade: B+

SS: Orlando Cabrera
Started off the season slow, but average has climbed steadily to .270 and plays excellent defense.

Grade: B-

3B: Joe Crede
Started the season on fire, but has slowed down considerably to a .253 average with 49 RBI.

Grade: C

C: AJ Pierzysnki
Batting .287 with 35 RBI. Can call games well and is a clutch hitter.

Grade: A-

LF: Carlos Quentin
Undoubtedly the MVP of the White Sox. Batting .275 with 80 RBI and 22 home runs.

Grade: A

CF: Nick Swisher
Struggled at the beginning of the year, but is steadily doing better and played great 1B defense.

Grade: C+

RF: Jermaine Dye
The All-Star snub is batting .306 with 21 home runs and 56 RBI and plays exceptional defense.

Grade: A

DH: Jim Thome
Batting a less than average .250 with 51 RBI, but is starting to heat up.

Grade: C

SP: Mark Buehrle
Has a 6-8 record with a 3.68 ERA and 75 strikeouts. Not his best stuff.

Grade: C

SP: Jose Contreras
Has a 7-6 record with a terrible 4.68 ERA and only 2-1 K:BB ratio. Cooled off immensely.

Grade: C-

SP: Javier Vazquez
Has a 7-7 record with a 4.61 ERA, but 117 strikeouts.

Grade: C-

SP: Gavin Floyd
Has a 10-5 record with a 3.63 ERA and 1.20 WHIP.

Grade: B+

SP: John Danks
Has an excellent 2.67 ERA. His record is 5-4 because he gets no run support when he pitches. By far the White Sox best pitcher.

Grade: A

Went from one of the worst to one of the best. Bobby Jenks' injury is clearly hurting the White Sox, but the bullpen is getting it done in terms of set-up. Dotel, Thorton, Logan, Linebrink, and Masset are doing it right.

Grade: B

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