All posts by Nik Gaur

Twitter: @Gaur_Nik

Yoan Moncada’s luck has normalized, and his numbers are still terrific

Based on his xwOBA/wOBA ratio and BABIP relative to his contact profile, Yoan Moncada's production is likely sustainable.

Luis Robert promoted to AA Birmingham

After hitting .453/.512/.920 for Winston-Salem, the White Sox announced today that Luis Robert has been promoted to AA Birmingham. At 21 years of age, Robert's otherworldly 1.432 OPS gave the organization no choice but to reward him with a promotion. At AA, Robert will play half of his games at Regions Field, a notoriously pitcher-friendly ...

Tim Anderson must continue to challenge baseball norms

This is a follow-up to: Tim Anderson, Pitcher Privilege, and Unwritten Rules: Baseball Must Change. I expected the post linked above to receive mixed reactions, and it did. As I read online responses, both to my post and to the Tim Anderson situation in general, two things came to mind: first, this was a rare occasion ...

Tim Anderson, Pitcher Privilege, and Unwritten Rules: Baseball Must Change

Have the Royals forgotten who they are? Kansas City's identity in the 2010s has practically been built around emotion. Whether it was Yordano Ventura celebrating after a big out on the mound or Salvador Perez exclaiming at second base after a double, the Royals are a team that has embraced emotion on the field. Unless, ...

The case for accelerating Luis Robert’s timeline

Luis Robert is off to a scorching start in Winston-Salem. Fully recovered from lingering hand injuries, his power has returned and is sparking excitement throughout the White Sox fanbase. With just about 75 games of stateside baseball (including the Arizona Fall League) under his belt, however, it is probable that Robert does not see time in ...

The proof is in the approach: Yoan Moncada has arrived

About a year ago, I wrote a post titled "Let's Relax About Moncada", which was largely a response to fan frustration over Yoan Moncada's slow start to the 2018 season. Within the post, I argued that the sample size was far too small to judge Moncada, and that he was displaying an above average contact ...

March 30th Postgame: Royals 8, White Sox 6

Yoan Moncada and Eloy Jimenez provided plenty of excitement for White Sox fans today, but poor pitching and shaky defense led to an 8-6 loss in Kansas City. Here are some individual performances that stood out for the Sox: Yoan Moncada Moncada followed up a strong season debut with an even better game at the ...

March 28th Postgame: Royals 5, White Sox 3

The White Sox made things interesting in the 9th inning, which helped to erase the impression of what was a sluggish showing overall in a 5-3 loss to open the season. The team will look to bounce back on Saturday (weather permitting) with Reynaldo Lopez on the mound. In the meantime, here are some individual ...

Reasons for Optimism in 2019

While 2019 may be a noncompetitive season, it remains an important developmental year for many White Sox players and prospects. With respect to players on the major league roster, 2019 provides an opportunity for roles to be solidified for future years. Four players come to mind: Eloy Jimenez, Reynaldo Lopez, Tim Anderson, and Yoan Moncada. While players such as ...

Spring Training Takeaways: March 21, 2019

Today, the White Sox played their usual starters (aside from Jon Jay and Welington Castillo, who are day to day with nagging injuries) against the Rangers, and the team played a terrific all-around game. Position Players Leury Garcia was aggressive early in counts and went 4-4 with a home run and a stolen base. He has ...