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79 Jose Abreu 1B
Height/Weight: 6-3/255 | Birthdate: 1/29/1987 | Birthplace: Cruces, Cienfuegos, Cuba | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Chicago | College: None | MLB Experience: 1 | Owned/Started%: 99/92 | Average Draft Position: 115.98
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Jose Abreu gets day off amidst slump


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2014) White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu was not in the team's starting lineup Thursday against the Red Sox. 

Abreu has just one hit over his last 25 at-bats, and was likely being given a day of rest to get his mind right. Abreu is hitting .217 in 60 at-bats. Paul Konerko will play first base in his absence. 


Jose Abreu mired in slump


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2014) White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu is mired in a 1 for 25 slump, according to ESPN.

Abreu collected one hit April 13, but that has been sandwiched between a four game stretch in which he has gone hitless. Abreu has seen fewer fastballs than most players, which is likely a sign pitchers are trying to get him out with breaking stuff. Most hitters experience a period of adjustment after they reach the majors, and Abreu will attempt to do so in the coming days.


Jose Abreu explodes with another multi-HR game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2014) White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu had another monster game at the plate on Thursday registering his second multi-home run game of the season in a 7-3 win over the Indians.

Abreu took Danny Salazar deep for a solo home run in the second inning and Josh Outman deep for a two-run shot in the fifth inning. He finished 2 for 4 with two runs scored and three RBI.

Abreu has six hits in his last 13 at-bats with four homers and eight RBI over that span. He has 14 RBI in his first 10 games, the most by a White Sox player in his first 10 games since Ron Kittle had 14 in 1983.

Jose Abreu homers twice in Colorado Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2014) White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu enjoyed a big performance in his team's offensive rout Tuesday, going 2 for 5 with two home runs and five RBI as the White Sox rolled over the Rockies in Colorado.

Abreu hit his first home run of the season in the seventh inning of Tuesday's win and followed it up with another in the eighth. He's the co-leader in RBIs in the American League with 11, and he owns a .250/.359/.563 line in 32 at-bats.


Jose Abreu drives in four in losing effort


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/3/2014) White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu gave a glimpse of what he is capable of Thursday, as he drove in four runs in a game the White Sox would go on to lose, 10-9.

Abreu went 2 for 4 with two extra-base hits, an RBI double in the fifth inning following by a three-run triple in the sixth. He scored once and had two of the team's three hits with runners in scoring position in the loss.

Abreu has yet to homer in three games, but three of his five hits are for extra bases so far. He is hitting .417 with just one strikeout in his first 12 major-league at-bats. 


Jose Abreu makes quick return to lineup


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2014) White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu was back in the spring lineup Monday against the Mariners after leaving Friday's game due to ankle soreness. Abreu is batting .317 (13 for 41) with two home runs and nine RBI this spring.

White Sox leaning toward hitting Jose Abreu third


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/22/2014) White Sox manager Robin Ventura is leaning toward hitting Jose Abreu third in the lineup to start the season, Comcast SportsNet Chicago reports.

Abreu is 13 for 41 with two home runs this spring. He is dealing with ankle soreness, but it is not considered anything serious. He will not be back in the lineup until at least Monday, according to the report.

Jose Abreu exits Friday with ankle soreness


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2014) White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu was removed from Friday's game due to ankle soreness after going 1 for 2 at the plate.

It's an issue with which Abreu has been playing for at least a week. He should be available for opening day. Abreu is 13 for 41 with two home runs this spring.


Jose Abreu planning to play through ankle soreness


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/16/2014) White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu is planning to play through his ankle injury, according to MLB.com. 

Abreu stressed that the injury was nothing big, and that he wanted to play. "If I knew it was something worse than that, I probably would sit," Abreu said through a translator. "It's nothing but soreness." Abreu was able to play against the Dodgers Saturday night despite the injury.


Jose Abreu dealing with ankle soreness


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/14/2014) White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu has been battling ankle soreness the last few days, CSNChicago.com reports.

The issue doesn't seem serious, and Abreu should still be good to go once the regular season starts. He went 1 for 3 with a double in Friday's 2-2 tie with the Twins, giving him a .286/.310/.464 line through 28 spring at-bats.


Jose Abreu collects three hits vs. Rangers Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2014) White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu went 3 for 4 with two RBI in his team's 7-6 win over the Rangers Tuesday.

Abreu had been slow to get going this spring, entering the game just 2 for 13 at the plate. He's now hitting .294/.333/.529 with one home run and six RBI in 17 at-bats.


Jose Abreu hitting cleanup Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/27/2014) White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu is hitting in the four spot Friday, according to the Chicago Sun Times.

Abreu signed with the club during the offseason, and is expected to play a big role this year. If he can perform well during spring training, Abreu will likely open the season as a middle of the order hitter for Chicago. The White Sox aren't expected to be a great offensive team, but Abreu should pick up a fair share of RBI in that role.


Jose Abreu focused on preparation for 2014 season


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/18/2014) White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu has garnered plenty of attention since signing a $68 million contract in October. Abreu knows there will be plenty of expectations for him to perform immediately.

"Expectations for me are clear, but I have to prepare," he said through an interpreter, per ESPN. "That’s all I control for now is preparation. That’s why I’m doing right now.

"Right now I’m thinking of preparing for the 28th when the games start. I’m working on little things, being able to hit the ball the other way, the way I pulls my hands through. I’m not concerned with hitting home runs at all. I’m working my swing. It’s a process. It takes a little while but as I keep getting there I know I’ll be ready."

Abreu continues to leave a lasting impression on his new team, even though he hasn't even played in a game yet.

"He has a great work ethic," outfielder Adam Eaton said. "He really works his tail off. He’s very quiet but he’s passionate about the game. (Taking) ground balls anything he can do, you can see it in his body language. If he doesn’t do something right, he goes after it again and learns from it. He works his butt off in the cage. I’m excited to work with him."


Buy into the Jose Abreu hype


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/12/2014) It seems everyone under the sun can't stop raving about White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu, who has yet to even appear in a spring training game. Not only can Abreu hit for power, but he has the ability to hit to all fields.

Though, it was very intriguing to hear Cuban baseball expert and author Peter Bjarkman tell USA Today that "Abreu is a better hitter than either Yasiel Puig or Yoenis Cespedes." That's a pretty bold statement. 

While time will only tell if Abreu lives up to the hype, Fantasy owners shouldn't be hesitant to use a mid-round flier on the 6-3, 255-pound slugger. It's probably a little bold to go into Draft Day thinking Abreu will be your starting first baseman. However, if you miss on the elite options and end up with an Anthony Rizzo, Mark Trumbo or Allen Craig-tier first baseman, then Abreu could be a nice complement to your first-base rotation.


Jose Abreu better than Yoenis Cespedes and Yasiel Puig?


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/10/2014) Yoenis Cespedes and Yasiel Puig have both made big impacts in the major leagues since defecting from Cuba. However, Cuban baseball expert and author Peter Bjarkman told USA Today White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu might be the best of the bunch.

"Abreu is a better hitter than either Puig or Cespedes, and he should be the best (biggest impact) Cuban player to come to the majors during the three decades of the defectors era," Bjarkman said. "Abreu is definitely the real deal."

Cespedes calls Abreu a four-tool player, citing he only lacks speed, but he added the 6-3, 255-pound slugger has "got a very good future."

Though he has yet to play a game, the White Sox seem happy with what they have seen from Abreu.

"We've seen his big-time power to all fields, which is probably the tool for which he gets the most notoriety," White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said. "But we really view him as an all-around quality hitter. He's very serious about his craft, prepares very well, knows the strike zone. He's up there to do damage but also gives you a quality at-bat."


Jose Abreu showing ability to hit to all fields


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/23/2014) The questions continue to pour in about new White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu. Manager Robin Ventura is the latest to offer his opinion about the Cuban infielder after scouting him during the team's minicamp last week.

"Again, you are just watching him take batting practice and things like that," Ventura told MLB.com. "But he's got a good swing, it comes off of his bat really nice. He looks like a professional hitter. That's more than probably people gave him credit for.

"He doesn't look like just a guy who is trying to yank everything down the left-field line. He does have the ability to hit it the other way, which turns out to be what you need to survive in the game."


White Sox already raving about Jose Abreu


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/15/2014) White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu, who signed a six-year, $68 million contract in October, took part in Tuesday's minicamp and gave White Sox personnel plenty to rave about.

"That's a strong man right here," White Sox hitting coach Todd Steverson told MLB.com. "That's a big man. He has a nice smooth, compact approach. He didn't try to do too much with the ball and the ball was flying off his bat. I think he has a nice bright future coming up with him."

White Sox general manager Rick Hahn is doing his best to temper his excitement, but he was having a hard time doing so after watching Abreu take several rounds of batting practice.

"We try to keep in mind that it's Jan. 14 and we still have a ways to go," Hahn said. "But just watching Jose go through his work, you saw that professionalism as well as the plus-plus power on display today in only his first couple of rounds of BP. He's a very serious hitter. He's one who goes up there with a plan and has a great deal of ability, and it's going to be fun to see how this plays out over the next couple of years."