All posts by Nik Gaur

Twitter: @Gaur_Nik

2018-2019 Free Agency: A Complete Guide to Machado/Harper for White Sox fans

For context, please consider reading "Is Rick Hahn hinting at a serious pursuit of Manny Machado?" first. The 2018-2019 free agent class has the potential to deliver a major jolt to the White Sox rebuild. It is uncommon for two young, elite talents to reach free agency in the same year; with an emphasis on ...

Is Rick Hahn hinting at a serious pursuit of Manny Machado?

White Sox general manager Rick Hahn gave his final media conference of the season yesterday prior to the team's final home game of the season. He fielded a number of questions regarding the team's outlook for 2019, but perhaps lost in the canned responses and typical Hahn-speak was an intriguing pattern regarding the White Sox ...

Are the White Sox on the same trajectory as the Cubs?

The White Sox rebuild is often compared to that of the Cubs, and for obvious reasons. Not only do the teams play in the same city, but the results of the Cubs rebuild have made themselves clear, and there may be more to come. Their first playoff season was in 2015, during which they won ...

Jace Fry is really good

Earned run average (ERA) is probably the most prominent pitching statistic referenced by fans and media, and for good reason. Despite its flaws, it still does a pretty solid job of telling the story on how effective most pitchers have been, even in the age of advanced stats. However, ERA for relievers can be misleading. ...

The Next Step for Nick Madrigal

Nick Madrigal is a very rare player in today's game. While hitting for power is increasingly common among hitters, you don't necessarily need to do so in order to be effective. Madrigal does not project to hit for much power, and that is totally fine. Players can affect games in many ways, and Madrigal is ...

Which current players will still be on the White Sox in 2019?

As August begins, the White Sox 25-man roster is not very pretty (by design). While prospects such as Eloy Jimenez, Michael Kopech, Seby Zavala, Ryan Cordell, and Ian Hamilton could certainly see promotions by the end of the season, only players currently on the 25-man roster were included in this list of players who may ...

Friends of the Rebuild: Non-MLB Athlete Sox Fans

When the Bulls signed Chicago native and White Sox fan Jabari Parker last week, I decided to compile a list of non-MLB athletes who root for the White Sox. As only diehard White Sox fans seem to have interest in the Sox (for good reason, as this is likely the worst stage of the rebuild) ...

Projecting Luis Robert’s MLB Career

One of the first things I ever read about Luis Robert was this tweet: https://twitter.com/MLBPipeline/status/835274607166914565 Unfortunately, that probably is an exaggeration, despite the end of the quote. Regardless, Robert does have immense potential. The White Sox would not have paid him $26 million (plus another $26 million in tax to MLB) if he did not ...

The Quiet Ascent of Tim Anderson

At the beginning of May, if you were asked who the most valuable position player on the White Sox had been in 2018, the answer would probably be Yoan Moncada. At the start of June, if asked the same question, the answer would probably be Jose Abreu. Now, in early July, the answer may be ...

Verlander Bothered by a Persistent Anderson

Last night, the unwritten rules of baseball came into play during the 5th inning of the game between the White Sox and Astros. First, let's go over the sequence of events. With one out in the bottom of the 5th inning, Tim Anderson singled, breaking up Justin Verlander's no-hitter. Anderson clapped his hands and pointed ...