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Matt Davidson, Carlos Sanchez among White Sox cuts

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Matt Davidson, Carlos Sanchez among White Sox cuts

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The White Sox had to make several difficult choices on Tuesday morning.

But the end results of those discussions with Matt Davidson and Carlos Sanchez is the team feels it has much more depth than with which it began the spring.

Davidson, Sanchez, reliever Tommy Kahnle and infielder Leury Garcia were optioned to Triple-A Charlotte and outfielder Jason Coats was also sent to minor-league camp. The White Sox, 6-2 winners over the Texas Rangers at Camelback Ranch, have 31 players left in big league camp and only one roster decision to go.

“These conversations were difficult ones, but difficult from a good problem to have standpoint,” general manager Rick Hahn said. “It’s nice to have viable options at multiple positions that you feel should there be an injury or underperformance that you have options internally to bring up and hopefully not miss a beat.”

Perhaps the most pleasant surprise of a strong camp for the team, Davidson has raked all spring. The third baseman hit .413/.438/.783 with a team-high five home runs and nine RBIs. Davidson also had two doubles in 46 at-bats and had good success after making several changes in the offseason to simplify his swing. But after the acquisition of Todd Frazier means there’s no guarantee of regular at-bats in the big leagues for Davidson, who has struggled the past two seasons at Triple-A Charlotte.

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The White Sox would love for Davidson to continue this type of production at Charlotte.

“It’s tough,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “A guy comes in here and has a camp like that … This is the best we’ve seen him since we acquired him. You continue to go down that path and continue to play well.”

A popular teammate, Sanchez’s chances to make the team similarly were disrupted by an offseason acquisition when the White Sox traded for Brett Lawrie and moved him to second base.

A slick defender, Sanchez also had a nice camp at the plate, hitting .333/.368/.593 with six doubles, a triple, two home runs and six RBIs in 54 at-bats. But the White Sox want Sanchez to continue to play every day and know what they have should they need his services.

“That’s a tough one, too,” Ventura said. “Some of the acquisitions that we’ve got kind of changes the dynamics.

“(But) I don’t think you ever go through a season where you don’t need guys from the minor leagues, so I think that’s the message to him.”

Prospects highlight White Sox spring training invitees

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Prospects highlight White Sox spring training invitees

Pitchers and catchers report in just over three weeks and the White Sox announced the list of spring training invitees on Monday.

The White Sox signed six players to minor-league contracts to get them to camp, but, as has been the case for the past year-plus with the White Sox, all eyes will be on the prospects.

Pitchers Michael Kopech, Alec Hansen, Dane Dunning and Dylan Cease and position players Luis Robert, Zack Collins and 2017 first-round pick Jake Burger are among the top prospects the White Sox invited to spring training. The team’s top prospect, Eloy Jimenez, is already on the 40-man roster so he was already set to be included. Jimenez, Kopech, Hansen, Robert and Dunning were just included on Baseball America's top 100 prospects.

Kopech and Collins were in spring training last year and Jimenez was in spring training with the Cubs in 2017 so it’s not an entirely new experience for them, but White Sox fans will be able to get a more extended and accessible look at Jimenez for the first time. Robert will likely have extra attention on him due to this being his first professional baseball in the U.S. Robert played in the Dominican Summer League after signing with the White Sox last summer.

The other non-roster invitees are pitchers Chris Beck, Tyler Danish, Jordan Stephens, Connor Walsh, Brian Clark and Jordan Guerrero and position players Alfredo Gonzalez, Seby Zavala and Jacob May.

The players signed on minor-league contracts are Rob Scahill, Chris Volstad, Michael Ynoa, T.J. House, Patrick Leonard and Matt Skole. Volstad and Ynoa both pitched with the White Sox in 2017, but have since been removed from the 40-man roster. Scahill is a Chicagoland product who graduated from Willowbrook High School and pitched at Bradley in college.

Meet the Prospects: Jameson Fisher

Meet the Prospects: Jameson Fisher

The White Sox rebuild is in full swing. While it might still be a year or two before the big league team is expected to start competing for championships, the minor leagues are stocked with highly touted talent fans will be eagerly following in 2018. With that in mind, it's time to Meet the Prospects and get to know the future of the South Side.

Jameson Fisher

Fisher, the 24-year-old outfielder, was a fourth-round pick of the White Sox in the 2016 draft.

A Louisiana native, Fisher slashed .342/.436/.487 in 50 rookie-ball games after being drafted in 2016.

Last year, Fisher split time between Class A Kannapolis and Class A Winston-Salem, playing 124 combined games. On the season, he slashed .245/.342/.402 with 30 doubles, 10 home runs, six triples and 68 RBIs to go along with 58 walks and 114 strikeouts.

As of their most recent rankings, MLB Pipeline had Fisher rated as the No. 25 prospect in the White Sox organization.

Get to know Fisher in the video above.