2018 Outlook: He tends to be overlooked as a member of a rebuilding White Sox team. Abreu has not only adapted well to the U.S. game but has quietly become one of the most consistent players in fantasy baseball. He's one of three players in history to bat at least .290 with 25-plus homers and 100-plus RBIs in each of his first four big league seasons, joining Joe DiMaggio and Albert Pujols, and he did it while improving his contact rate in each of those years. Abreu also possessed balanced home/road splits, which bodes well should the team decide to trade him midseason. He might not -- and should not -- be one of the top players on your draft board, but he's one of the safest available selections after the top names are gone.
2018 Outlook: Though we had to wait through a half-season in the minors and another month-plus of his adapting to the big leagues, Moncada showed promise last September, with .276/.349/.469 slash rates and five home runs in his final 24 games. Though he wasn't given the green light on the base paths as often as he was in the minors, he still possesses the raw speed to swipe 20-plus bags annually with experience. Moncada's biggest weakness is his penchant for strikeouts, as his 32.0 percent whiff rate in the majors last season puts him at batting-average risk, for those who value it in Rotisserie formats. He'll be a streaky performer, but one with legitimate 20/20 potential from the middle infield.
2018 Outlook: Garcia's 2017: True breakthrough, or luck-driven aberration? In defense of the former, he made significant strides in terms of his contact rate, posting a career-best 78.6 percent mark (counting only his full big-league years), and boosted his well-hit average by nearly 40 points, to .191. Outlining the latter, he posted the majors' highest BABIP (.392), fueled in large part by an unsustainable .367 mark merely on ground balls (highest of any player during the nine-year span for which our internal pitch-tracking tool covers), and he had the majors' seventh-highest chase rate (38.9 percent) and third-highest swinging-strike rate (17.3 percent), extending his reputation as a free swinger. The answer probably lies in between, as Garcia is highly unlikely to maintain a .300-plus batting average, but as a 26-year-old, he's in his prime years and might be able to maintain his decent power. He's a worthwhile fourth or fifth rotisserie mixed-league outfielder, though he's more of a marginal pick in points-based leagues due to his so-so walk totals.
2018 Outlook: Anderson is a player with significantly more value in Rotisserie than points-based or sabermetrically inclined fantasy leagues, as he couples good speed with decent pop but brings little else to the table. He's one of the most free-swinging hitters in baseball, which is to his detriment in the latter scoring formats. His 2.1 percent walk rate last season was lowest in the majors, and he showed a troubling tendency to chase breaking balls low and away and out of the strike zone. Anderson is capable enough against left-handed pitchers (.321/.333/.478 rates in 2017) to provide double-digit homers and steals yet again, but he's likely to be a streaky performer better used when the matchups are right.
2018 Outlook: Despite splitting time with Caleb Joseph in the second half while battling lower-body injuries in 2017, Castillo set career highs in home runs (20), average (.282) and runs (44) in just 365 plate appearances, his fewest since 2012. Those numbers validated the notion that the 30-year-old is one of baseball's better offensive backstops, with hard-hit rates of 38 percent or higher each of the past three seasons supporting his homer production and elevated BABIPs. Although Castillo hasn't logged more than 113 games in any of his five full seasons, he's likely to earn a larger workload -- health permitting -- in 2018 after inking a two-year, $15 million deal with the White Sox over the winter. The departure from Baltimore comes with a downgrade in supporting cast, but an uptick in at-bats along with the likelihood that he assumes a more prominent lineup spot translates to a net improvement in Castillo's fantasy outlook.
2018 Outlook: After a trio of disappointing seasons in Triple-A ball, which expired his minor league options, Davidson was wedged into the White Sox's 2017 Opening Day roster, where he continued to exhibit the same all-or-nothing approach. He hit a pro-best 26 home runs, but his 37.2 percent strikeout rate was also a pro high and, in fact, was the second-highest such rate among major leaguers with at least 400 trips to the plate. Though Davidson walked more often in the minors than he did with the 2017 White Sox (4.3 percent), the fact that he has been this style of hitter for a few years now suggests there isn't a lot of room for statistical improvement. He'll again fill in at the corner infield spots and DH, and he is more of an AL-only than mixed-league pick, with a steeper downside in points-based leagues due to his free-swinging ways.
2018 Outlook: Despite two so-so seasons in Triple-A ball, Delmonico was summoned by the White Sox Aug. 1, following Melky Cabrera's trade to the Royals, holding his own as a starter rotating between left field and designated hitter. As he did in the minors, Delmonico hit for power against pitchers of either handedness, and he flashed some of the better plate-discipline metrics of any hitter during the season's final two months, en route to nine home runs and .220 isolated power. He'll probably start at either position again in 2018, as the White Sox await some of their higher-ceiling prospects, and in the team's power-friendly ballpark, he could be one of the sneakier points-based-league sleepers.
2018 Outlook: One of two primary competitors for the White Sox's starting center field job, Garcia brings more to the fantasy baseball table than fellow competitor Adam Engel. Garcia is a bit of a free swinger, which could make him streaky if he emerges, though his history of 20-plus stolen base totals in the minor leagues makes him a useful contributor in the category in AL-only formats.
2018 Outlook: Shuffling primarily between second and third base, Sanchez, initially ticketed to be a utility infielder for the White Sox, found his way into the starting lineup 124 times last season. Keep in mind though, Chicago's more promising youngsters are another year older, with more experience. As a result, Sanchez might not be so lucky to capture at-bats, and their resulting influence on his counting numbers, this time around. He'll be involved, helping AL-only owners from the back-end of their rosters, but don't expect a repeat.
2018 Outlook: The worst hitter in all of baseball during the season half of last season, at least in terms of his .136/.198/.255 slash rates, .201 wOBA and 38.0 percent strikeout rate, Engel will be on the White Sox's roster for a solitary purpose: Defense. He's excellent with the glove, which could fuel enough at-bats that he'll provide double-digit steals in fantasy, but his batting average will be a major drain on your team.
2018 Outlook: Tilson has had exceedingly poor luck in the injury department since making his big-league debut in August 2016, suffering a torn left hamstring in that game (required season-ending surgery), then a stress reaction in his right foot in the first 10 days of 2017 spring training, followed by a stress reaction in his right ankle in June 2017 that brought his season to a premature close. Assuming he's healthy, Tilson will begin the year in Triple-A awaiting an opportunity with the White Sox. He'd be a worthwhile pickup if recalled midseason.
2018 Outlook: The primary haul in last summer's Jose Quintana trade, Jimenez, just 21 years old, possesses one of the most promising power bats in the minors. He's also an adept hitter for batting average as a career .302 hitter, backed by a 79.0 percent contact rate. Though he has just 18 games of experience at the Double-A level, he might not be all that far from being major-league ready, with his potential arrival with the White Sox ranging as early as mid-2018. Jimenez's prospect star makes him a good early-to-mid round dynasty pick, and he also warrants a redraft stash in leagues with deep benches.