The Chicago White Sox need Paul Konerko to rebound with the bat in 2009. In the previous 4 seasons before 2009, Konerko averaged 90 runs scored, 36.8 homers and 105 RBIs per year. But, last season Konerko played in 122 games in which he was 105 for 438 (.240 avg, .792 OPS) with 59 runs scored, 22 homers and 62 RBIs. Konerko also made 7 errors in 116 games for the White Sox last season and he needs to improve in that area. Look for him to have a better year in 2009 then he had in 2008 for the White Sox.
32-year old lefty swinging Ben Broussard might also get some playing time at 1B if he makes the team out of spring training. He played in 26 games for the Rangers last season in which he was 13 for 82 (.159 avg, .493 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 3 homers and 8 RBIs. Broussard is a much better hitter than he showed last season as he has a .263 career batting average with a .774 OPS in 705 major league games. He also needs to improve on defense as he made 3 errors in 26 games last season at 1B.
32-year old lefty swinging Brian Myrow is the definition of a AAAA-player…..too good for the minors but not good enough for the SHOW. Myrow played in 97 AAA games last season in which he was 103 for 328 (.314 avg, .951 OPS) with 60 runs scored, 12 homers and 59 RBIs. But, Myrow also played in 21 games for the Padres last season in which he was 3 for 21 (.143 avg, .494 OPS) with 1 run scored, 1 homer and 3 RBIs.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 2009 SEASON: B