Cubs: Javier Baez (.169/.227/.324+9 HR in 2014 in 52 games)
White Sox: ???
Analysis: With Gordon Beckham shipped to the Angels, the Sox have a situation at second base. Right now Leury Garcia (.166/.192/.207 in 74 games in 2014) is projected to man second, but it seems unlikely that arrangement will stay as it is. A more likely situation is Carlos Sanchez manning second as he did after Beckham’s trade. Sanchez didn’t blow anyone away in his 28-game appearance, but he played well enough, slashing .250/.269/.300, and will be in consideration for the second base spot on opening day. Sanchez does have potential; at AAA Charlotte in 2014 he slashed .293/.349/.412, so if he can find his footing in the MLB and play like he did in AAA, he’ll be a solid option for the Sox. Another option would be Micah Johnson, who spent last year between AA Birmingham and AAA Charlotte. Johnson slashed .275/.314/.370 in 65 games at Charlotte and .329/.414/.466 in 37 games at Birmingham. Johnson doesn’t have great stats, but they aren’t terrible either. Expect him and Sanchez to battle for second base in the Spring.
With the uncertainty at second for the White Sox right now, and with Baez’ potential, the Cubs have the upper hand here. Don’t be fooled by Baez’s numbers in 2014, the kid only played in 52 games, everyone has been hearing about him for the last few years now and the potential is definitely there. In the 104 games he played at AAA Iowa before being called up. Baez slashed .260/.323/.510 and hit 23 homers. This kid can play, and has the potential to be really good. All he has to do is find himself, stop trying to hit a bomb every time, and focus on just hitting the ball, and he’ll be good. A full Spring Training will do him good too.