CHICAGO -- Sometimes the best move a team can make is simply allowing for the bounceback of players who struggled or battled injuries the previous year.
This first installment of a seven-part White Sox Spring Training preview takes a look at those rebound candidates on the South Side.
RF Avisail Garcia: Nobody seems to be more primed for a bounceback effort than Garcia, who currently stands as the team's starting right fielder. On the plus side, the right-handed hitter is 24 years old and has time to develop. However, he had an inconsistent 2015 season. He looked to be in good shape at SoxFest, but he was in the same solid condition last January. Garcia needs to translate that winter confidence onto the field.
DH Adam LaRoche: It's hard to imagine that the veteran slugger could have a worse year than his White Sox debut in 2015. He battled nagging wrist and knee injuries, and he also admitted difficulty in finding a niche during his first full-time designated-hitter foray. LaRoche might not be able to produce 25 homers and 100 RBIs as he once did, but the White Sox need his left-handed power stroke to be markedly better.
RHP Erik Johnson: The right-handed hurler's bounceback actually began in 2015, when he was named the International League's top pitcher and then translated that success into a strong six-start performance. He carried himself with more confidence, after a dismal '14 performance, and seemed smoother on the mound. Jacob Turner could challenge for the fifth starter's spot, as could top prospect Carson Fulmer down the line. But Johnson enters Spring Training as the favorite.
C Alex Avila: The veteran catcher battled lower back stiffness during Spring Training. But it was a left knee issue that limited Avila to a .191 average over 219 plate appearances, although he did post a .339 on-base percentage. Avila and Dioner Navarro both will be handling White Sox pitchers like Chris Sale and Carlos Rodon for the first time, both of whom formed a great working bond with previous incumbent Tyler Flowers.
RHP Jacob Turner: Right elbow issues kept Turner out of big league action for the entire 2015 season. The ninth pick overall in the 2009 Draft will get a healthy chance to compete with Johnson for the fifth starter's spot, although Johnson holds the pre-camp edge.
RHP Daniel Webb: After allowing three earned runs over his first 20 1/3 innings in '15, Webb was charged with 18 earned runs on 22 hits over his last 9 2/3 innings. It will be a fight for Webb to break camp with the team, as the bullpen already looks aligned.
Manager Robin Ventura: The pressure will be on during the final contractual year for Ventura, who certainly can't be held completely responsible for the team's struggles over the past three seasons. But Ventura is not one to shy away from pressure.