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Doug Padilla's interactive White Sox report card

Check out our expert's 2011 grades, then share yours for each player on the team

Updated: September 29, 2011, 4:45 PM ET
By Doug Padilla | ESPNChicago.com

The season couldn't have gone worse for a Chicago White Sox club that stepped up its payroll above $127 million and then did a belly flop before the first week of April was complete.

Adam Dunn and Alex Rios were heaped with the most criticism, but this was a team failure all the way from the top. There was Kenny Williams' flawed roster, Ozzie Guillen's inability to get anything out of it and an incredible lack of consistency that prevented a winning run.

The White Sox finished the season with a 79-83 record, their second sub-.500 season over the past three years.

So with that in mind, we offer grades for every player, with an opportunity for readers to give their own assessment. Agree or disagree, it's your choice. Share your thoughts in the comments section.

This could get ugly.

A.J. Pierzynski, C

Padilla: Got some hits and led the pitching staff well, but struggled with running game. Grade: C+

Ramon Castro, C

Padilla: Gave as much as could be expected from a backup before injury. Grade: B

Tyler Flowers, C

Padilla: Rebounded to show that he really does have promise at this level. Grade: B

Paul Konerko, 1B

Padilla: As professional as they come, produced after signing new deal. Grade: A+

Adam Dunn, DH

Padilla: Zero production earned him tag as biggest bust in baseball. Grade: F

Gordon Beckham, 2B

Padilla: Shocking regression offensively. Huge improvement on defense. Grade: D

Alexei Ramirez, SS

Padilla: Solid but impact in 2011 was slight below what he gave a year ago. Grade: C+

Brent Morel, 3B

Padilla: Defense was as good as advertised, offense stalled until Sept. Grade: B-

Dayan Viciedo, RF/1B

Padilla: "The Tank" was solid over the final month but surprisingly lacked a home-run stroke. Grade: B+

Omar Vizquel, IF

Padilla: Inconsistent playing time seemed to hurt chances of producing. Grade: C

Juan Pierre, LF

Padilla: Turned it on finally after a brutally slow start in last year with club. Grade: C+

Alex Rios, CF

Padilla: The argument could be made that he hurt team more than Dunn. Grade: D-

Carlos Quentin, RF

Padilla: Steady first half earned All-Star nod, but once again bit by injury bug. Grade: B

Brent Lillibridge, IF/OF

Padilla: Delivered on offense and defense as super sub, revived his career. Grade: A

Alejandro De Aza, OF

Padilla: Played better than anybody down stretch. Will he start in 2012? Grade: A

Mark Buehrle, SP

Padilla: Gave more than expected in what could be his final season with the club. Grade: A

Gavin Floyd, SP

Padilla: The picture of mediocrity, he was neither good nor bad. Grade: C

John Danks, SP

Padilla: Bad luck and then bad pitching led to a shocking 0-8 start. Grade: C-

Jake Peavy, SP

Padilla: His return from surgery was brave but a rough ride from the outset. Grade: C

Zach Stewart, SP

Padilla: The newcomer showed flashes of things to like but was rocked too. Grade: C

Philip Humber, SP

Padilla: The club's breakout player of the year is set for 2012 rotation. Grade: B

Jesse Crain, RP

Padilla: Was the only consistent piece in bullpen until late in the year. Grade: B

Will Ohman, RP

Padilla: Handled his lefty specialist role as well as could be expected. Grade: C+

Jason Frasor, RP

Padilla: Never adjusted to his new surroundings after moving over from Jays. Grade: C-

Chris Sale, RP

Padilla: Started slowly, showed dominance in the middle then faded. Grade: B

Matt Thornton, RP

Padilla: Asked to be the closer, ended up in middle relief during disappointing season. Grade: C-

Sergio Santos, RP

Padilla: Poised to be the closer of the future but faded badly late. Grade: B-

Ozzie Guillen

Padilla: Couldn't get flawed roster to click then used his personal escape route when the ship sank. Grade: D


Doug Padilla

Chicago White Sox beat reporter
Doug joined ESPN Chicago in July 2010 and covers the Chicago White Sox for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

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