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White Sox MLB Draft tracker: Rounds 11-40

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White Sox MLB Draft tracker: Rounds 11-40

The White Sox wrapped up their picks in the MLB Draft Wednesday with rounds 11-40. The picks:

Round 11 (322): Danny Dopico, RHP, Florida International
Round 12 (352): Seby Zavala, C, San Diego State
Round 13 (382): Ryan Riga, LHP, Ohio State
Round 14 (412): Tyler Sullivan, CF, Pacific
Round 15 (442): Christopher Comito, RHP, Norwalk High School (Iowa)

Round 16 (472): Brandon Quintero, RHP, Cal State L.A.
Round 17 (502): Jeffrey Orvis, 1B, Ole Miss
Round 18 (532): Dante Flores, 2B, USC
Round 19 (562): Frank Califano, CF, Youngstown State
Round 20 (592): Jacob Cooper, C, Modesto Junior College

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Round 21 (622): Landon Lassiter, LF, North Carolina
Round 22 (652): Daniel Mendick, SS, UMass-Lowell
Round 23 (682): Dylan Barrow, RHP, University of Tampa
Round 24 (712): Brandon Magallones, RHP, Northwestern
Round 25 (742): Richard McWilliams, RHP, Cal Poly Pomon

Round 26 (772): Grant Massey, SS, Lipscomb
Round 27 (802): Alex Katz, LHP, St. John's
Round 28 (832): Bradley Strong, 3B, Western Carolina
Round 29 (862): Jake Fincher, CF, North Carolina State
Round 30 (892): Jack Charleston, RHP, Faulkner

Round 31 (922): David Walker, 2B, Grand Canyon
Round 32 (952): Taylore Cherry, RHP, North Carolina
Round 33 (982): Jonathan Frebis, LHP, Middle Tennessee State
Round 34 (1,012): Drew Hasler, RHP, Valparaiso
Round 35 (1,042): D.J. King, SS Hillsborough C.C.

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Round 36 (1,072): Michael Hickman, C, Seven Lakes High School (Texas)
Round 37 (1,102): Garvin Alston, LHP, Mountain Pointe High School (Ariz.)
Round 38 (1,132): Cody Staab, CF, College Station High School (Texas)
Round 39 (1,162): Jalin McMillan, 3B, Simeon (Ill.)
Round 40 (1,192): Joseph Reinsdorf, 2B, New Trier (Ill.)

Notes on the highlighted players above:

-- 11th-rounder Danny Dopico served as FIU's closer this year and posted a 1.99 ERA with 57 strikeouts and 20 walks in 45 1/3 innings. The right-hander was ranked by Baseball America as the No. 115 draft prospect in Florida this year.

-- 24th-rounder Brandon Magallones is the first Northwestern player drafted by the White Sox since 1989. The Manhattan, Ill. native (who attended Providence Catholic) had a 5.55 ERA in 16 starts for the Wildcats in 2015.

-- 29th-rounder Jake Fincher was a college teammate of Carlos Rodon's at N.C. State and made this catch as part of the Wolfpack's run to the College World Series in 2013:

-- 32nd-rounder Taylore Cherry is a big guy, standing at 6-foot-7 and 270 pounds. He didn't pitch in 2015 but had a 4.01 ERA in 42 2/3 innings for UNC in 2014.

-- 39th-rounder Jalin McMillan is the second Simeon alum drafted by the White Sox this year (following seventh-rounder Blake Hickman). The 6-foot-2, 190-pound third baseman is committed to play college baseball at Illinois.

-- 40th-rounder Joseph Reinsdorf is the grandson of White Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf.

White Sox prospect Micker Adolfo sidelined with elbow injuries

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White Sox prospect Micker Adolfo sidelined with elbow injuries

PHOENIX, Ariz. — One of the White Sox prized prospects will be on the shelf for a little while.

Outfielder Micker Adolfo has a sprained UCL in his right elbow and a strained flexor tendon that could require surgery. He could avoid surgery, though he could be sidelined for at least six weeks.

Though he hasn’t received the same high rankings and media attention as fellow outfield prospects Eloy Jimenez and Luis Robert, Adolfo is considered a part of the White Sox promising future. He’s said to have the best outfield arm in the White Sox system.

Adolfo had a breakout season in 2017, slashing .264/.331/.453 with 16 homers and 68 RBIs in 112 games with Class A Kannapolis.

Adolfo, along with Jimenez and Robert, has been generating buzz at White Sox camp in Glendale, with a crowd forming whenever the trio takes batting practice. Earlier this week, the three described their conversation dreaming about playing together in the same outfield for a contending White Sox team in the future.

As Cactus League play begins, how many spots are actually up for grabs on the White Sox roster?

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As Cactus League play begins, how many spots are actually up for grabs on the White Sox roster?

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Some teams have it easy, with their 25-man rosters seemingly locked into place before spring training games even start.

The White Sox actually have a lot more locked-down spots than you might think for a rebuilding team, but this spring remains pretty important for a few guys.

The starting rotation figures to be set, with James Shields, Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez, Miguel Gonzalez and Carson Fulmer the starting five. Carlos Rodon, of course, owns one of those spots once he returns from injury. But the date of that return remains a mystery.

From this observer’s viewpoint, eight of the everyday nine position players seem to be figured out, too: Welington Castillo behind the plate, Jose Abreu at first base, Yoan Moncada at second base, Tim Anderson at shortstop, Yolmer Sanchez at third base, Nicky Delmonico in left field, Avisail Garcia in right field and Matt Davidson as the designated hitter. More on the omission of a starting center fielder in a bit.

Omar Narvaez would be a logical pick to back up Castillo at catcher, and Tyler Saladino is really the lone reserve infielder with big league experience, not to mention he’s a versatile player that can play anywhere on the infield.

Leury Garcia also figures to be a lock for this 25-man roster. But will he be the everyday center fielder, as he was for a spell last season? He played 51 games in center in 2017 but battled injuries throughout the year. I think Leury Garcia will end up the starting center fielder when the season begins because of his bat. His .270/.316/.423 slash line isn’t going to make anyone do cartwheels, but it’s better than the offensive struggles of Adam Engel, who started 91 games in center in 2017 and slashed .166/.235/.282. Engel would still be a solid inclusion on the bench because of his superb defense, but to create that big a hole in the everyday lineup is tough.

How could that position-player group change? Keep your eyes in center field, where there are a couple other guys who could force their way into a roster spot this spring: Charlie Tilson and Ryan Cordell. Tilson has had a tremendous amount of trouble staying on the field since coming over to the White Sox in a 2016 deadline deal, but that hasn’t dampened the White Sox hopes for him. And Cordell got name-dropped by general manager Rick Hahn during SoxFest, when the GM said he’s received multiple calls about Cordell since acquiring him last summer. Cordell put up good numbers at the Triple-A level prior to a significant injury last year.

But the main battles figure to be in the bullpen. At times this winter, as the White Sox kept adding players to that relief corps mix, that the whole thing seemed wide open. But when you think about it, maybe there are only one or two open spots.

You’d have to think these guys are pretty safe bets to make the team: Juan Minaya, Gregory Infante, Nate Jones, Joakim Soria and Luis Avilan. Though Hector Santiago was just recently acquired on a minor league deal, he’s really the only long man of the group, and he could sub in if there’s an injury to a starting pitcher. That leaves two spots between the group of Aaron Bummer, Danny Farquhar, Jace Fry, Jose Ruiz and Thyago Vieira — not to mention guys signed to minor league deals like Xavier Cedeno, Jeanmar Gomez and Bruce Rondon.

Bummer had a 4.50 ERA in 30 big league games last year. Farquhar had a 4.40 ERA in 15 games. Vieira has gotten attention as a flame-thrower, but he’s got just one big league game under his belt, something that might or might not matter to the rebuilding White Sox. Guys like Gomez, who has 40 career saves including 37 just two years ago, and Rondon, who had multiple shots at the Detroit Tigers’ closing job in the past, could vault themselves into the mix as potential midseason trade candidates.

Then there's the question of which of those guys will be Rick Renteria's closer. Minaya had closing duties after most of the bullpen was traded away last summer. He picked up nine saves and posted a 4.11 ERA in his final 17 appearances of the campaign. Look to Soria, though, a veteran with plenty of closing experience from his days with the Kansas City Royals. If he's given the opportunity to close and succeeds, he could fetch an intriguing return package in a potential deadline deal.

But now it's game time in Arizona.

“The fun part of playing the game of baseball is playing the game of baseball," Renteria said earlier this week. "We prepare. I think they all enjoy what they’re doing in terms of their preparation. They take it seriously, they focus. But ultimately like everything that we do in life, I guess it’s a test. And the games are a test for us on a daily basis. And how we are able to evaluate them and take advantage of the opportunities that we have to see them in a real game situation is certainly helpful for us.”