Chicago White Sox

Rozner: Good luck projecting a White Sox postseason lineup

As the White Sox enter the third year of a rebuild, there is growing impatience among those who have remained faithful, a perversely positive development considering it is far too soon to be looking for the finish line.

But even then, the Cubs' Opening Day lineup included Starlin Castro at short, Tommy La Stella at second, Mike Olt at third, Chris Coghlan in left, Jorge Soler in right and David Ross behind the plate because Jon Lester was on the hill.

By the time they played the Wild Card Game that October, Kris Bryant started in left, Kyle Schwarber in right, La Stella at third, Addison Russell at short, Castro at second and Miguel Montero was catching Jake Arrieta after his Cy Young season.

When they won Game 7 of the World Series 13 months later, Ben Zobrist started in left, with Jason Heyward in right, Bryant at third, Javy Baez at second, Willson Contreras was catching Kyle Hendricks and the miraculously-healed Schwarber was the DH.

So many changes in the span of two seasons, and a strong reminder of how quickly a roster can shift as teams begin to figure out which young players are ready for prime time and what free agents can make a difference.

More than anything, the White Sox could use a year of good health after some terrible luck in 2018, giving them a chance to see these players develop and start to get a handle on who will be here, when they'll get here and what they might be when given the opportunity.

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