Chicago White Sox Rankings: Dallas Keuchel

At mid-season, the SSS staff ranked the White Sox 46-46, from class leader Dylan Cease to Dallas Keuchel. We’ve come up with a WARsss metric that could very well be just a cute way to present our special site ratings – but really for all you know, it could be the product of years of research in a stats lab.

Our extensive report card will walk us through everyone who has spent time in uniform for the White Sox, as well as some front office types. Most of our writers will take a few players, with final notes and short writings, until the end of November. Enjoy!


Jose Ruiz
Right Handed Relief Pitcher
Mid-season: 1.5 WARsss
Final: 0.8 WARsss

You can’t teach speed, and Ruiz throws a fastball that averages 97 mph. Despite that, Ruiz has relied on his heat much less in 2022, mixing in a change he probably shouldn’t have had, as he doesn’t handle it well, and it’s a below average offer. If Ruiz reverts to a mostly fastball/curveball mix (he’s mostly avoided his slider), there’s plenty of reason to believe he can continue to be a mediocre but reliable relief pitcher on the cheap. He will enter his 28-year-old season, so he’s barely over the hill, and may still have another step to take in his development.

However, entering his first year of refereeing in a team with serious budget problems, it may not be worth investing even a modest raise in Ruiz, given the lack of results beyond simple utility. He’s out of options, further complicating his status, and being at replacement level like Ruiz by definition means you’re perfectly replaceable. The right-hander has really struggled with command and control this season, trying to work out a bigger change in his pitch mix.

Bottom line, Ruiz has been the target of more hate than he deserves. As the last arm out of the bullpen, he’s not a great reliever, but he’s at least demonstrated some ground performance and durability that makes him useful. Sure, he’ll probably never dominate, but having a guy who can last a full season without the bottom falling out of the tub isn’t too bad, and considering the depth issues the White Sox constantly face, paying around a million dollars to keep a guy like Ruiz around isn’t the worst thing. If they don’t aspire to spend on bigger things (and even if they do, those expenses shouldn’t be in the bullpen), Ruiz should still be an affordable insurance policy.


2022 White Sox Ratings

Jose Ruiz, HRRP, 0.8
Mark Payton, DE, 0.6
Carlos Perez, C, 0.399
Lucas Giolito, HRSP, 0.392
Adam Engel, OF, 0.237
Vince Velasquez, RHP, -0.4
Reese McGuire, C, -1.1
Kyle Crick, RHRP, -1.65
Joe Kelly, RHRP, -1.75
Daryl Boston, Coach 1B, -2.0
Anderson Severino, LHRP, -2.2
Jerry Reinsdorf, CLEAN, -2.321
Jake Diekman, LHRP, -2.366
Rick Hahn, General Manager, -2.401
Bennett Sousa, LHRP, -2.425
Frank Menechino, BAT COACH, -2.469
Yasmani Grandal, C/DH, -2.549
Leury Garcia, UTIL, -2.7
Adam Haseley, DE, -3.146
Joe McEwing, 3B coach, -3.167
Ryan Burr, RHRP, -3.4
Tony La Russa, MGR, -3.5
Dallas Keuchel, LHSP, -3.9


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Jose Ruiz is a bit of a flashpoint for fans outside the bullpen. Is our score correct?

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    Too hard, it shows up and eats sleeves.

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    Too nice, it is replacement level.

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    I’m really beyond caring about José Ruiz, so sure, great job SSS.

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