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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: 2 | Owned/Started%: 100/99 | Average Draft Position: 14.42
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White Sox 1B Jose Abreu survives a bit of an injury scare Friday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2015) White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu gave the front office and coaching staff a scare Friday when he did a body slam into the infield dirt following a rundown in the third inning. Abreu laid motionless for a few moments after tripping over Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar at second base.

“When he ran down, I think he landed on the foot of the base on his ribs,” manager Robin Ventura said, per ESPN. “It kind of knocked the wind out him, and it was cold. At first I thought it was his wrist or something like that. I think there were a lot of things going on at the same time.”

Ventura added he had "a heart attack" when he saw his star first baseman lying on the ground.

“I'm just glad he's fine. Once he got over that, you could tell he was fine," Ventura said.

Abreu, who stayed in the game, went 2 for 4 before the game was suspended after eight innings due to inclement weather. It is expected to resume Saturday afternoon.

The 2014 AL Rookie of the Year is batting .317 with five home runs and 13 RBI.


White Sox masher Abreu tears up Indians again Wednesday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2015) White Sox slugger Jose Abreu has been tearing it up since arriving in the bigs to start the 2014 season. But he has really battered the Indians.

Abreu smashed his eighth home against Cleveland in just over a year Wednesday. He clobbered a blast to the opposite field against ace Corey Kluber in the first inning.

He wasn't done. He almost went yard again in the seventh and had to settle for a two-run double to left that knocked out Kluber.

Abreu has three home runs in his last five games, during which time he is 9-for-21 with 10 RBI.


White Sox 1B Jose Abreu hits fourth home run of season Tuesday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2015) White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu connected on his fourth home run of the season during Tuesday's loss to the Indians.

Abreu hit the solo shot off Carlos Carrasco during the first inning of the game. Abreu added another RBI in the eighth inning when he singled in Adam Eaton. He finished the game with two hits over four at-bats. He is now batting .275 with nine RBI and six runs scored in 13 games.

Abreu will face Indians starter Corey Kluber in Wednesday's matchup. Abreu is a career .353 hitter off Kluber in 17 at-bats with one home run and three RBI.


Jose Abreu hits RBI triple for White Sox in loss


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2015) Jose Abreu drove in the White Sox's only run of Sunday's loss to Detroit with an RBI triple in the sixth inning. 

Abreu went 1 for 3, raising his average to .256. He hit his first triple of the year and drove in his seventh run. 


White Sox's Jose Abreu connects for grand slam in Saturday's win


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/18/2015) White Sox designated hitter Jose Abreu delivered the crushing blow to the Tigers on Saturday with a fourth-inning grand slam.

The grand slam was Abreu's second of his career.

"I really like the feeling the guys have of all those professional at bats, just the consistency of that," manager Robin Ventura said to ESPN.com. "And doing it over and over again, the whole game it felt like that. They've been feeling this way for a while so it's the belief in that. That's the biggest thing for me is their belief in doing that."

Abreu also added a double in the game and went 3 for 6 overall.


White Sox slugger Jose Abreu open to playing third base


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2015) Jose Abreu could soon be adding another weapon to his already impressive list on the baseball field. The White Sox slugger has opened himself up to the possibility of playing third base.

Abreu, who handled the shortstop position at times in Cuba, has rotated with newcomer Adam LaRoche between first base and designated hitter. But 20 interleague games on the schedule has Abreu seeking to play some third base in order to keep his bat in the lineup. He has been taking ground balls at the hot corner in practice to prepare himself.

"If something is decided for the team to win, I will [play third base]," Abreu told ESPN. "I will do it."

That attitude has White Sox manager Robin Ventura singing his praises.

"It's one of the mature parts about him: It's not about personal gain or fame or anything like that," Ventura said. "He just wants to be a good baseball player and help his team win."


White Sox's Jose Abreu belts second home run of season


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2015) White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu launched his second home run of the season Tuesday night against Cleveland.

Abreu took Nick Hagadone deep for a solo home run in the fifth inning for his only hit of the night. He finished 1 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI in a 4-1 victory.

"Once they got the one run and Jose ends up hitting a home run and getting us back to three, that was a big run for us," manager Robin Ventura said, per ESPN.

Abreu has three hits over his last eight at-bats. He is slashing .240/.321/.560 with two homers and two RBI over his first 25 at-bats.


White Sox considering playing Jose Abreu at 3B


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(4/12/2015) The White Sox have not ruled out the idea of slugger Jose Abreu playing third base, particulary in interleague games, per ESPN.com. 

Abreu, normally a first baseman or designated hitter, said he has experience playing third, and manager Robin Ventura said he could see Abreu playing there in an emergency situation or to keep both he and Adam LaRoche in the lineup at National League parks. 

"He actually looks good at third; he moves around very well and has done it," Ventura said. 

Abreu battled foot and ankle injury for most of last season, but said he is feeling much better this year and has been taking grounders at third during pregame warmups. 


Jose Abreu supplies only offense in White Sox loss


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2015) Jose Abreu's solo home run accounted for the White Sox only scoring in a 10-1 loss to the Royals on Opening Day. 

Abreu led off the seventh inning by hitting a 2-0 pitch to left center for a home run off of winning pitcher Yordano Ventura. 

Abreu went one for three with a walk and grounded into a double play. 


White Sox set Opening Day lineup


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2015) The White Sox posted their Opening Day lineup for Monday against the Royals. 

The Sox will start: Adam Eaton CF, Melky Cabrera LF, Jose Abreu 1B, Adam LaRoche DH, Leury Garcia RF, Conor Gillaspie 3B, Alexei Ramirez SS. Tyler Flowers C, Micah Johnson 2B. Jeff Samardzija will be the starting pitcher.


Jose Abreu not worried about power shortage in White Sox camp


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2015) White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu only had one home run during spring training, but he's not concerned about the lack of power. 

That may have something to do with the fact that his batting average during spring games was .508. 

"I am feeling good," Abreu said, per ESPN. "Obviously, I'm a little anxious also because I want to hit home runs as well. But if God is saving that for the season, it's good for me. I'm just trying to get ready for the season and do my job."


White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu posts perfect day at the plate


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu went a perfect 4 for 4 at the plate Tuesday with two doubles and one RBI against the Dodgers.

Abreu is now hitting .519 during spring training in 51 at-bats. 


White Sox GM Hahn: 'Everything's fine' with Jose Abreu


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu was not in the lineup for a second straight game Monday, but general manager Rick Hahn said that there are no health issues with the first baseman, ESPNChicago.com reports.

"Everything's fine,” Hahn said. "There's no health issue whatsoever."

Abreu was scheduled to take a personal day Tuesday but had the off-day moved up to Monday. He has hit .479/.490/.625 with one home run in 48 at-bats.


White Sox manager Ventura: Abreu's not caught up in numbers


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/8/2015) White Sox manager Robin Ventura is pretty confident Jose Abreu will perform well again this season, reports MLB.com. Many fear he may hit a sophomore slump, but Ventura lauds Abreu's maturity as a reason for him being just fine this year.

"He's more of a mature kid than most people, just in his daily interactions of coming in to work and all the things that he does," Ventura said. "There are guys older than him that are less mature than him. It's more about him than anything else. He's not caught up in numbers."


Jose Abreu focused on helping White Sox win games


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/23/2015) There's no denying White Sox slugger Jose Abreu had a pretty impressive rookie season in 2014. He was named AL Rookie of the Year after he hit .317 with 35 doubles, 36 home runs and 107 RBI in 145 games. He made the All-Star team. He won a Silver Slugger award. He also finished fourth in the AL MVP race.

While Abreu likely has personal goals set aside, he contends his focus is all about helping the team.

"I cannot say that I will put up the same numbers or be better," said Abreu through translator and White Sox Spanish-language broadcaster Billy Russo, per MLB.com. "I just can say that I will try to do the best every day to help the team win games.

"If the numbers are the same as last year, it's good for me. But my main focus right now is to try to be the best player possible and help the team. [The front office] gave us the opportunity to be better this year and to compete this year. That is the most important thing for us in baseball."


White Sox' Adam LaRoche will give Jose Abreu some rest


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/10/2015) White Sox first baseman Adam LaRoche will make sure Jose Abreu stays fresh this season, according to MLB Network.

General manager Rick Hahn said Abreu "ran out of gas" down the stretch last season. It was Abreu's first year in the majors, and he wore down a bit as he played the most games of his career during a single season. Abreu's power numbers did drop in the second half, but he was able to hit .350 in the second half.

LaRoche will spell Abreu at first a few times a week, allowing Abreu to spend some more time at designated hitter. The 35-year-old LaRoche hit .259/.362/.455 over 494 at-bats last year.


White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu could see more days off in 2015


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/24/2015) White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu might see a dip in playing time at first with the addition of Adam LaRoche, but he is preparing to be ready all season long.

"I'm excited about the depth we have right now," Abreu said. "That is something good and will put us in the position to compete and I'm very excited about that. 

"I've been working the same way on my defense. It doesn't matter if I'm playing more or less games because that is part of my game. I have to be a complete player and I can't work less and still be that. I have the same mentality, it doesn't matter who will be on the team. I just prepare myself to be successful and 100 percent on the field."

Abreu hit .317 in 2014 with 36 home runs and 107 RBI. He was also unanimously voted the AL Rookie of the Year.


Jose Abreu a unanimous pick as AL Rookie of the Year


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(11/10/2014) White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu won the AL Rookie of the Year award unanimously, drawing all 30 first-place votes from the Baseball Writers Association of America. Abreu, 27, who defected from Cuba last offseason, batted .317/.383/.581 with 35 doubles, 36 homers and 107 RBI.

Abreu is the first White Sox player to win the award since shortstop Ozzie Guillen in 1985.


Agent claims Cuban slugger Tomas has 'a lot more' power than Abreu


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/10/2014) The Phillies met Monday with the agent for Cuban slugger Yasmany Tomas, according to CSNPhilly.com. The two sides have been in talks since Tomas worked out for the Phillies in September.

"There are several teams that I could say are frontrunners, but yes (the Phillies are one of them)," Jay Alou said at the general managers' meetings Monday. "We continue to speak. I know they have things in-house they want to take care of. We’ve been talking. I respect (general manager) Ruben (Amaro Jr.) a lot and he respects me."

The Phillies are expected to make an offer for Tomas, but no formal offer has been made yet, according to Alou. The Padres, Tigers, Mets and Giants are some of the other teams showing interest in Tomas.

Tomas is a power-hitting corner outfielder. Alou said his client has "a lot more" power than White Sox slugger Jose Abreu, who hit 36 home runs as a rookie in 2014.

"With the way home runs are going, this is a guy who can hit 40," Alou said. "He can miss balls and hit them out. Tomas is a very impressive hitter. I represent Jose Bautista and he hits a lot of home runs. I’ve never seen a guy hit them as far (as Tomas)."


'Mental fatigue' contributes to Jose Abreu's second-half power decline


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/14/2014) By most standards, White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu had a strong second half, batting .350 with a .513 sluging percentage after the All-Star break.

Though, while he hit for a higher average than in the first half (.292), Abreu saw a drop in home runs, belting just seven in the second half after having 29 before the break.

"It could be some fatigue, but I would say it was a mental fatigue," White Sox strength and conditioning coordinator Allen Thomas said, per the Chicago Sun-Times. "And the league knew him a little better in the second half. He still took singles and the opportunities to get hits, he just missed by a little bit."


Jose Abreu ties White Sox rookie record


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/15/2014) After going three weeks without a home run, White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu homered for the second time in as many days Sunday against the Twins, finishing 2 for 4 with two RBI. The solo shot in the ninth inning gave him 35 on the season, tying the White Sox rookie record set by Ron Kittle in 1983.

"He's a good hitter so this isn't a surprise that he hit a home run,” manager Robin Ventura told ESPN.com. "He's been pretty consistent just as a hitter. The power's going to be there. He went through a little stretch where he wasn't hitting many home runs, but it's there."

In addition to the home runs, Abreu is also batting .322 on the season, including .354 since the beginning of June -- a span of 89 games.

"He's a better hitter than he is a power hitter and he's a heck of a power hitter too, so that’s the way I look at him," teammate Paul Konerko said. "He's not just a slugger."


Jose Abreu taters for first time in three weeks


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/14/2014) So much for the power outage of White Sox slugger Jose Abreu. Abreu slammed a solo home run in the ninth inning Sunday that went for naught in a loss to Minnesota. It was his first since Aug. 22.

Abreu had already ripped a run-scoring single in the fourth inning as his stat line improved to .322/.384/.604 on the season.


Manager befuddled by Jose Abreu power outage


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/11/2014) Robin Ventura has expressed wonderment as to why White Sox slugger Jose Abreu is no longer slugging. But Ventura has also voiced confidence that the power outage is temporary.

"I'll take my chances with him of still being able to have the power," he told the Chicago Sun-Times. "Why it's not there right now? I don't know."

Abreu hasn't homered since Aug. 22, which covers a span of 16 games. But he has still hit safely in 14 of those games.


Jose Abreu serving as DH due to leg soreness


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/30/2014) White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu is staying off his feet for the first game of Saturday's doubleheader, as he is in the lineup as the designated hitter to start the day. Abreu is dealing with some leg soreness, but it is not expected to keep him out of the lineup at any point. 

Jose Abreu ends homer drought


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu ended his homer drought Tuesday against the Orioles.

Abreu struck in the first inning. With the bases empty, Abreu took an 84 mph changeup out to left center for the solo shot. The home run snapped a steak of 77 plate appearances without a dinger. Abreu finished 1 for 3, with one run scored and one RBI.