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Manny Bañuelos gets his second spring start (4.50 ERA), against the mending megadeal recipient Yu Darvish (6.75 ERA). First pitch, 2:05 CT.
The White Sox have 21 players with at least 10 plate appearances so far this spring. Here’s a bit of an early leaderboard, and other offensive observations:
- Tim Anderson is killing it on the leaderboard: most hits (seven), runs (five), total bases (14), extra-base hits (four), slugging percentage among qualifiers (1.000) and OPS among qualifiers (1.500).
- Nicky Delmonico leads the team in batting average (.545) and on-base (.615).
- Yoán Moncada has made seven outs in 13 ABs, with a team-leading six of them Ks. He also has a team second-best six hits. So perhaps, at least, this year he’s due for 200 Ks — and 200 hits!
- Adam Engel tops the team in runs scored (four) and walks (three).
- Anderson, Welington Castillo and Delmonico are tied for the most doubles (two).
- Luis Robert, without enough at-bats to qualify for these lists, nonetheless leads the club with two triples (his other hit was a homer, giving him a ludicrous 1.250 slugging percentage and 1.625 OPS) and six RBIs. The White Sox as a team have already hit six triples.
- Yonder Alonso and Jon Jay are bringing the Manny muscle, tied for the lead with two home runs apiece.
- The White Sox as a team are just 5-of-9 in stolen bases.
- Ryan Goins is the only qualifying player with a .000 average (0-for-12, three Ks).
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