Podcast: 2023 White Sox ZiPS Projections with Dan Szymborski

Record Date: 11/29/2022


  • Josh helps catch up on the White Sox news, including who will be part of Pedro Grifol’s coaching staff.
  • Dan Szymborski joins the show to discuss the 2023 ZiPS projections
  • Why the Mike Clevinger signing is underwhelming
  • Why ZiPS is not high about the White Sox offense
  • The lack of depth is very noticeable
  • What the White Sox ceiling and floors are for next year
  • Which free agents and trade targets make a lot of sense for the White Sox

Full 2023 ZiPS Projections: https://blogs.fangraphs.com/2023-zips-projections-chicago-white-sox/

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I appreciate the dose of reality from Dan.
This is a hole filled, paper thin team, and there’s a ton of work to be done for them to realistically be contenders

Bonus Baby

Confirms what a lot of us have been saying and thinking:

  1. They really need upgrades in the OF and at 2B, and even an average player for those spots is still a significant upgrade, so there should be realistic solutions. They don’t have to get Judge or Correa to make a real difference, even if we’d love both of them.
  2. Health is massively important for this team. They’re not only thin, but have such a terrible recent history with injuries, they’ve got to get much, much better in that regard if they will have any chance to compete.
  3. With the roster as is, the Sox should be expected to get at least average production from both 3B and C (ZiPS and Steamer both think that Moncada and Grandal will be a lot better than they were last year).

Given that Eloy hit so well in the 2d half last year, when he finally played more DH and got a stretch of healthy, consistent playing time — 65 games, 0.958 OPS, 167 OPS+ — I’m pretty convinced that if Eloy can only stay healthy and play DH, he’ll be better than even Steamer’s projections, let alone ZiPS.

Colas I don’t know what to say — I wish ZiPS were higher on him.


I’d like to see a list of the teams with less depth than the White Sox.

I’m sure there would not be a single playoff contender on that list.