Alejandro De Aza's stint in the Dominican Winter League didn't go to well, as the likely starting left fielder for the White Sox hit just .198 with a .313 on-base percentage and .306 slugging percentage in 128 plate appearances.
He walked 17 times (13 percent) while striking out in 28 of his trips to the plate (22 percent) -- rates that are up, but within about three percent, from his 154 plate appearances with the White Sox last season.
De Aza probably saw a pretty normal regression in the DWL -- the good news is that his plate discipline numbers weren't totally out of whack from his time with the Sox in 2011. Maybe the even better news is that he got this initial regression out of the way while not playing for the White Sox.
His low slugging percentage is a little concerning, but just as we shouldn't take De Aza's great 154 plate appearances last season as the gospel, we shouldn't with 128 plate appearances in the DWL.
White Sox 2016 first round pick Zack Collins joins the podcast to talk about his future with the White Sox, when he hopes to make the big leagues and the doubters who question whether he can be a major league catcher. He discusses comparisons with Kyle Schwarber, his impressions of Yoan Moncada and Michael Kopech, why his dad took him to a Linkin Park concert when he was 6 years old and much more.
It's no secret that White Sox pitching prospect Michael Kopech throws hard.
Acquired in the trade that sent ace Chris Sale to the Red Sox, Kopech was clocked throwing a pitch 105 mph last July while pitching for the Salem Red Sox.
But that's nothing compared to what the No. 4 right-handed pitching prospect in baseball did on Tuesday.
Granted, Kopech was throwing an underload baseball (which he confirmed in a response to the original tweet), but 110 mph is 110 mph.
The White Sox would settle for a few miles per hour less on the mound, but either way it looks like they've got a good one.