It hasn't been easy for the Chicago White Sox these past few years. A cocktail of failed free agent signings, reliance on aging talent, and prospects that fizzled out quickly have the South Siders in a nine-year playoff drought and playing second fiddle (again) to the crosstown rival Chicago Cubs. 2018 could be another rough year, but there is a glimmer of hope.
That hope lies in Chicago's strong youth. The team has young players with sky-high potential not only on its active roster but also in its minor league system. A slew of trades by GM Rick Hahn the past few years has Bleacher Report ranking the White Sox's farm system at No. 2 in MLB and if those prospects pan out, the AL Central landscape could change entirely.
The question is, however, will 2018 be the year this core comes together? After finishing 67-95 and fourth in the division last year, management hopes so.