Entering the 2023 season, I was hopeful that the White Sox would be able to have at least one, if not two, first-year hitters record at least one win above replacement. I was particularly hopeful for Oscar Colás, who seemed to be the best candidate to step over that low bar (I was not aboard the hype train of Romy González). Alas, Colás went out and logged the reverse of that: -1.5 WAR, and in just 75 games.
This is, unfortunately, difficult for the White Sox to achieve. Today’s Sporcle will reflect that difficulty: looking at White Sox batters in the first season of their careers, just 37 guys have logged at least one bWAR of value. While this is, admittedly, a bit of a bummer, there are some great names on this list! How many can you name? Good luck!
- To reiterate, this list only contains batters who began their career with the White Sox. If they started their career with a different team, they will not be found on this list.
- I’ve allotted 15 minutes for completion attempts.
- For hints, I’ve provided the season and bWAR compiled, and ordered the list from highest WAR to lowest.
Useless information to amaze, annoy, confuse, and/or confound your friends and family:
- 13 of the players on this list finished in the top ten Rookie of the Year voting.
- From those 13, three went on to win Rookie of the Year.
- The youngest players on this list to make their debut were both 21, while the elder statesmen of the group led the way at the ripe old age of 30.
All data from stathead.com