The Chicago White Sox signed Jose Abreu to a significant contract this off-season. The Cuban import had legit power, there was no question about that. Folks did wonder, however, if that power would translate against big league pitching right away.
Through the month of April Abreu has answered those questions and he has done so with authority. He is tied with Albert Pujols for the MLB lead with nine home runs after delivering this dramatic walk-off grand slam against the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night.
Worth noting are these tidbits about Abreu and the White Sox offense:
Jose Abreu’s 9 home runs most ever for a rookie in April. Previous: Pujols, Delgado, Hrbek. #WhiteSox
— David Schoenfield (@dschoenfield) April 26, 2014
The White Sox hitters are crushing it: No. 1 in runs scored. http://t.co/lWEbWqMvcW And more than twice as many runs as the Padres, so far.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) April 26, 2014
So far so good for the White Sox and Abreu.