White Sox's rebuild is working

Five reasons things are looking up on the South Side of Chicago

Updated: April 7, 2014, 12:41 PM ET
By Paul Swydan | ESPN Insider

Jose AbreuJonathan Daniel/Getty ImagesThe Jose Abreu signing was exactly the kind of deal a team like the White Sox should make.

The Chicago White Sox are almost certainly not going to contend this year. That was the prevailing opinion entering the season, and one week of baseball -- despite a respectable 3-3 record -- has done little to change that notion, as they rank 25th in ESPN.com's latest power rankings.

The team is rebuilding, but thanks to the busy offseason of general manager Rick Hahn and his baseball operations staff, the path back to contention may not be as long as we think. The White Sox have done or are doing five things correctly that bode well for the future and make them worth following this year.

1. Stockpiling assets

The White Sox have a pretty poor farm system, but they're moving the needle in the right direction. After having only one player in Keith Law's top 100 prospect ranking in 2013, the team put three players on it in 2014, including Matt Davidson, who was acquired over the winter for closer Addison Reed. In addition to that, they have acquired an impressive number of players that are major league-ready.