Robin Ventura took over the 2012 Chicago White Sox without any managerial experience and almost led them to the AL Central crown. He was named a finalist for Manager of the Year.
The White Sox were surprise contenders for the majority of the season before an 11-17 September knocked them off course and allowed the Detroit Tigers to claim the division crown.
Chris Sale was the best story for the White Sox as he made the jump from quality reliever to elite starter posting a 17-8 record with a 3.05 ERA.
Adam Dunn turned in another season of pure power as he hit 41 homers and drove in 96 runs. He is as consistent a performer at the plate as there is in the league but had a terrible season at the plate in 2011, this bounce back season was important for him and the team.
Philip Humber threw a perfect game for the White Sox against the Seattle Mariners on April 21st but struggled the rest of the season as his ERA rose to 6.44.
It was a season of re-setting expectations for the White Sox as they were better than expected but not good enough to find their way into the playoffs.
After a sub-par 2011 season, Adam Dunn had a return to his usual power numbers in 2012. This season expect the slugger to once again provide major power production and draw a high number of walks.
The White Sox have a veteran-laden lineup which, as always, has both advantages and disadvantages. Dunn and first baseball Paul Konerko are the power threats in the lineup and if they are both swinging the bat well and remain healthy are among the best combinations in the league.
Konerko suffered a wrist injury that limited him 26 home runs during the season and has led some to worry that he is about to suffer a decline in production.
Alex Rios is another player that will be key to the success or demise of the White Sox. His outfield play and hitting at times make him look like an elite player and at other times as though he can't contribute to a major league lineup.
One of the problems the White Sox are going to have is that their lineup is full of high strikeout hitters and over the course of the season that makes it hard to produce runs when the three-run home run is not an effective tool.
Their pitching staff is solid if not spectacular and has question marks just like their lineup does in terms of the type of production they'll get this year in comparison to last season.
The White Sox should have enough to stay in touch with the Detroit Tigers all season; at that point it will be a question if their veterans can put them over the hump in September.
Every year, we look for players 26-years-old or younger that could make an impact on their team in the upcoming season. The player might have already established himself with a regular role with the team, or he could make their mark later on in the season.
Past Picks: 2012 - Addison Reed, 2011 - Gordon Beckham, 2010 - Daniel Hudson, 2009 - Carlos Quentin, 2008 - John Danks, 2007 - Josh Fields, 2006 - Brian Anderson, 2005 - Felix Diaz, 2004 - Jon Rauch, 2003 - Joe Crede
After a surprise 2012 season, the White Sox open this year's rankings at 17.
SP Chris Sale is the top-ranked White Sox, at 53rd overall.
How high you're willing to go on rising star LHP Chris Sale will determine the highest you would take a White Sox player. If Sale is able to build on his superb 2012 season, he could be a fantasy ace.
The White Sox offence offers more value. RF Alex Rios should be a 20-20 guy every year, though it doesn't always turn out that way, and, despite his age, 1B Paul Konerko is still good for 25 home runs and a .300 batting average.
SS Alexei Ramirez can go through some bad stretches, but has more pop than the typical middle infielder. DH Adam Dunn is an average killer, but he piles up 40 homer seasons with rare regularity.
Younger players like CF Alejandro De Aza and LF Dayan Viciedo offer some potential as well.
When it comes to pitching, RHP Jake Peavy and RHP Gavin Floyd can both be good; Peavy can even be great, as he was last year, but he's had trouble staying healthy in recent seasons.