White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu became the first player in team history to record 20-plus homers through his first four seasons with a solo shot Saturday against the Kansas City Royals.
Abreu’s record-setting homer came off Royals starter Ian Kennedy in the fourth inning, just clearing the left-field wall at Guaranteed Rate Field. The 30-year-old Cuban has been in a power slump of late, as it was just his fourth home run in his last 31 games. He also entered hitting just .162 over his last nine games. He later hit his 21st home run of the season.
The White Sox signed Abreu in Oct. 2013 out of Cuba and he belted 36 homers his first season on his way to winning the American League Rookie of the Year, being selected to the All-Star Game and finishing fourth in the AL MVP voting. He’s seen a decline in each year, since, though, finishing 2015 with 30 homers while hitting 25 last season.
Abreu notched his 69th RBI of the season with the solo homer. He’s looking to become just the fifth player in major league history to collect 100 RBIs through his first four seasons, joining Al Simmons (first 11 seasons), Albert Pujols (first 10 seasons), Ted Williams (first eight seasons) and Joe DiMaggio (first seven seasons).
Matt Davidson currently leads the White Sox with 22 homers but Abreu is the team-leader in RBIs. Abreu entered the day slashing .280/.340/.498 through 112 games. Seven of Abreu’s last eight homers have come at Guaranteed Rate Field, though he opened the year with 13 straight homers on the road, which was the fourth-longest streak in major league history.