Jose Abreu’s Amazing Start

Posted on June 23rd, 2014 by Matt

Baseball is not caught off-guard when a player makes his way from Cuba and has impressive success early on. There have been a great number of players come from Cuba to make a mark in the Major Leagues. Most recently, the arrival of Yasiel Puig to the Los Angeles Dodgers has dominated the headlines as his play and off the field behavior have both been headline grabbers. With less fanfare, but no less success, comes Jose Abreu abreuto the Chicago White Sox.

Abreu is older than some of the other players who have made their way to the states, debuting in his age 27 season as a Major League rookie. That doesn’t mean, however, that his work has been any less impressive. Through the first 44 games of his career, Abreu has already hit 15 home runs and has an OPS of more than .900. No matter what the White Sox expected from the slugger when they initially signed him, his performance on the field has certainly surpassed their hopes. For the first six weeks of the season, he has been nothing but one of the very best hitters in the league.

Are there holes in his game?

Those looking to criticize the ability of Abreu to keep up his great performance with the White Sox will point to his questionable strikeout and walk numbers as a sign of possible trouble ahead. He has already struck out 50 times, and walked just 10. That isn’t usually a great sign for a hitter, as pitchers continue to try and exploit the holes in their swing and rack up more and more strikeouts along the way. To be sure, Abreu will need to address this issue if he wants to maintain his power-hitting ways.

However, that doesn’t mean that he is destined to be a guy that strikes out too much in pursuit of his homers. Remember, this is only the first 44 games of his career against the best competition in the world. Many rookies struggle with plate discipline before they settle in and learn how to command the strike zone with a more discerning eye. All it will take is for Abreu to start laying off a few more pitches outside the zone and he could quickly become one of the most-feared hitters in all of baseball.

The other issue that might pop up is his ability to stay on the field healthy for a full season. He has already landed on the disabled list with an ankle problem, and the calendar hasn’t even hit June yet. That doesn’t mean that he will be injury prone throughout his career, but it is something worth keeping an eye on. Great players are only valuable when they are on the field producing runs for their team.

It is great to have exciting new players in Major League Baseball, and Jose Abreu fits the bill perfectly. If you are able to pick up one of his rookie cards before his name is known by baseball fans across the country, you might just have a great find and addition to your collection.



Jose Abreu White Sox Autographed Signed 2014 Game Used Un-Cracked Bat RARE B picture
Jose Abreu White Sox Autographed Signed 2014 Game Used Un-Cracked Bat RARE B
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Jose Abreu Game Used/worn/issued fielders Glove. White Sox. First base glove.  picture
Jose Abreu Game Used/worn/issued fielders Glove. White Sox. First base glove.
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BGS 9.5 - 2014 BOWMAN CHROME JOSE ABREU RC #BCARJA (3/5) RED REFRACTORS AUTO 10 picture
BGS 9.5 - 2014 BOWMAN CHROME JOSE ABREU RC #BCARJA (3/5) RED REFRACTORS AUTO 10
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Jose Abreu 2014 Topps Tribute ON CARD Autograph Auto 15/15 GOLD ~ RARE picture
Jose Abreu 2014 Topps Tribute ON CARD Autograph Auto 15/15 GOLD ~ RARE
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2014 Bowman chrome Jose Abreu Blue Refractor RC Auto Autograph 62/150.  picture
2014 Bowman chrome Jose Abreu Blue Refractor RC Auto Autograph 62/150.
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2014 Topps Gypsy Queen Jose Abreu RC Autograph 5/25. ROY, MVP & HR king. Auto. picture
2014 Topps Gypsy Queen Jose Abreu RC Autograph 5/25. ROY, MVP & HR king. Auto.
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Auto Chrome Rookie Refractor S.P. BLUE Gem Mint 9.5&10 Serial # /50 Jose Abreu  picture
Auto Chrome Rookie Refractor S.P. BLUE Gem Mint 9.5&10 Serial # /50 Jose Abreu
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Jose Abreu 2014 NATIONAL TREASURES Printing Plate ON-CARD Patch Auto Rookie #1/1 picture
Jose Abreu 2014 NATIONAL TREASURES Printing Plate ON-CARD Patch Auto Rookie #1/1
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Jose Abreu 2014 Topps Finest Printing Plate ON-CARD Auto Rookie #1/1 WHITE SOX picture
Jose Abreu 2014 Topps Finest Printing Plate ON-CARD Auto Rookie #1/1 WHITE SOX
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Jose Abreu JSA Player Direct Game Used Autographed Cleats 2015 Chicago White Sox picture
Jose Abreu JSA Player Direct Game Used Autographed Cleats 2015 Chicago White Sox
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2014 Topps Chrome Gold Refractor/50 #JA Jose Abreu BGS 9.5 GEM MINT Auto Rookie picture
2014 Topps Chrome Gold Refractor/50 #JA Jose Abreu BGS 9.5 GEM MINT Auto Rookie
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2014 Topps Chrome Gold Refractor/50 #JA Jose Abreu BGS 9.5 GEM MINT Auto Rookie picture
2014 Topps Chrome Gold Refractor/50 #JA Jose Abreu BGS 9.5 GEM MINT Auto Rookie
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