The real signal that this was a great season for the White Sox is the fact that Dylan Cease had such a great season and I'm just now getting to make a custom of him. Cease had the most starts of anyone in the Sox rotation, led the team in wins with 13 [tied with Carlos Rodon], and led the team in strikeouts with 226, 25 more than even Lucas Giolito! And at 25, he's prime for more even better years.
2022 Prediction: An All Star nomination, another 200+ strikeout year, and a big postseason moment.
A fun rookie that came onto the scene after, you know, Yermin got booted, was Andrew Vaughn, the outfield bat that had a pretty nice go at things, with 15 homers and 48 RBIs in 127 games. Though his defensive skills leave a bit to be desired, he's a strong force at the plate, and could be a big piece of future Sox teams.
2022 Prediction: Starting DH, 30 homers, Jim Thome comparisons.
2022 Prediction: A similar role, with possibly even more offensive upside to boost his case for free agency.
2022 Prediction: More bench/utility work.
2022 Prediction: Minor league deal, maybe some brief majors time.
2022 Prediction: Embracing middle relief, though the second Hendriks's magic wears off, you know he's jumping into the ninth.
2022 Prediction: A modest, quiet success in Washington.
Tomorrow, finally, we take a look at some 2021 Yankees.