A new weekly feature here at The Loop Sports will be the “Three Up, Three Down” series, in which we give you three players that excelled over the previous week, as well as three players who’s performance was not so excellent.
Opening Day has come and gone again, and we’re into the second week of the 2017 season, here are your White Sox three up, three down performers for the first week of the 2017 MLB season.
- Avisail Garcia (OF): Avi had himself an excellent first week of the 2017 season, collecting nine hits in 19 at-bats, good for a .474 batting average. Garcia notched a home run, and a triple over the last week, and added five RBI. His five RBI is tied for the team lead with catcher Geovany Soto, a “just missed” candidate for this list this week.
- Zach Putnam (RHP): Putnam was stellar out of the pen this week, making appearances in three of the White Sox five games, and allowing no runs and one hit over the course of 4.2 innings pitched for the pale hose. Putnam also recorded six strikeouts and no walks this past week, and has a WHIP of .067 as a result.
- Matt Davidson (IF): Davidson, who much like Garcia is in a make or break season in regards to his future with a rebuilding ball club made the most of his three games this week, collecting three hits over the course of eight at-bats, including a home run, triple, and three runs driven in. Davidson also drew a walk, but struck out four times, highlighting a need to show more plate discipline moving forward.
- Jacob May (OF): The rookie outfielder, who was the story-line to fall in love with in Spring Training as he forced the White Sox hand to trade veteran outfielder Peter Bourjos to the Rays to make room for him, has looked very over-matched at the plate during his first week at the major-league level. May has gone hit-less in his first 12 at-bats thus far, and has struck out five times already.
- Todd Frazier (3B): The “Todd-Father” got a late start to Spring Training after sore quadriceps limited his action during the first leg of Cactus League action. While now healthy, Frazier is still struggling out of the gates in 2017, collecting his first hit of the season in Saturday’s victory over the Minnesota Twins. Frazier owns just that lone base-hit in his first 17 at-bats of 2017, but has struck out only twice. Frazier has four walks as well, and is actually putting the bat on the ball thus far, just popping out far too often.
- Jose Quintana (LHP): Jose Quintana is now 0-2 after dropping another contest to the Twins in Sunday’s rubber-match in the series. Quintana has allowed eight runs on 10 hits and four walks over the course of 11.2 innings of work in his two starts thus far. After giving up three home runs to the Tigers on Opening Day, the southpaw looked better in his second start against the Twins on Sunday, but still failed to secure a victory.