Think back to four months ago, when spring training was just getting underway. There were plenty of questions surrounding the White Sox -- could Jake Peavy stay healthy? Could Adam Dunn and Alex Rios rebound? And, of course, could the White Sox keep pace with a loaded Detroit team in the AL Central?
So far, all of those questions have been answered with a resounding yes. Peavy has been healthy and effective, making a legitimate case to be included on the AL All-Star team. Adam Dunn has hit 24 home runs with an .884 OPS; Rios has an .836 OPS while playing fine defense in right field. And Detroit is four games behind the White Sox. And Gordon Beckham, since a dismal April, has been much improved-offensively.
Not every surprise has been good, though. After signing a five-year 65 million extension, John Danks posted a 5.70 ERA and is in the middle of missing at least two months due to an injury, maybe more. Alexei Ramirez has quietly only hit one home run this season with an OPS that's about what Dunn posted in 2011.
But seriously, go back to February. The thought of trading Brent Lillibridge and Zach Stewart for Kevin Youkilis wouldn't have even crossed your mind given how outlandish that would've been, right?
It's certainly been an interesting season for the White Sox, but we're asking you -- which player has surprised you the most? I discussed this with Wayne Randazzo on WSCR-670 AM last night and went with Rios. I have my reasons, but what are yours? Let us know by dropping a vote in the poll, commenting on this article or sending your thoughts to us @WhiteSoxTalkCSN.