Future stars beginning to align for White Sox

Young players carry offense to 2nd straight win over Astros

Future stars beginning to align for White Sox

CHICAGO -- The yearly White Sox team picture was snapped prior to a 7-1 victory over Houston on Wednesday night at Guaranteed Rate Field. Needless to say, the photo looked a great deal different than it would have back in April.

Actually, it looked vastly different from one that could have been printed prior to the All-Star break.

"Yeah, a lot of new faces," White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson said. "But it's kind of one of those things that you know comes with your job."

Many losses have come with the White Sox job during the 2017 season, as the Tuesday-Wednesday victory combination marks the White Sox third two-game winning streak since the start of July. They have not won three in a row since June 17, when they featured a 31-36 record.

But this campaign, standing as the first in the ongoing White Sox rebuild, is about player procurement and player development over the final record after game No. 162. So it's not so much that the White Sox have taken two straight from the American League's best team, but more so about playing the game right and young players leading the way.

Yoan Moncada, the No. 1 prospect in baseball per MLBPipeline.com, doubled and walked twice in Wednesday's victory. He has reached base seven times via hit and seven times via walk over the past six games.

Moncada rips a double to right

Even when the hits weren't falling in, the plate approach seemed on-point for the switch-hitting second baseman.

"When you have solid approaches over an extended period of time and you start putting the bat on the ball over those at-bats, they start to fall," White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. "If they continue that way, he's going to exponentially show those numbers over time: As long as his approach remains the same, and there's no reason to believe it's going to change."

Nicky Delmonico, batting behind Moncada, knocked out three hits and has reached base in each of his first eight Major League games. Delmonico has 11 hits and two walks since Thursday.

"My approach is kind of middle of the field, and just trying to see pitches up," Delmonico said. "Here, the strike zone is a little smaller, so I'm trying to shrink my zone and just look more up."

Anderson -- who will wear a "B. Moss" jersey on Players Weekend in honor of a recently killed friend -- homered and drove in three, extending his hitting streak to seven games and admitting how he's starting to feel more like himself again.

Anderson's RBI double

Carlos Rodon gets the chance to finish of the White Sox second series sweep of the season Thursday, and Reynaldo Lopez, the No. 59 prospect per MLBPipeline.com, makes his White Sox debut on Friday.

The future really is starting to be now for the White Sox. Yes, that team picture has changed over the past weeks. But those changes all are tied into the ultimate future championship target.

"You see a lot of talent in here," White Sox winning pitcher Miguel Gonzalez said. "A lot of guys are doing a good job and I'm excited to watch them play."

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.