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White Sox view Carson Fulmer's September as a tryout for 2018

White Sox view Carson Fulmer's September as a tryout for 2018

Carson Fulmer did not make a good first impression as a starting pitcher in the majors. However, his effort on Sunday could go a long way to help make his case for a White Sox roster spot in 2018.

Fulmer picked up the win in his second career MLB start against the Giants. He pitched six innings and gave up one run while striking out nine.

That's a far cry from his first major league start, on Aug. 21, when Fulmer gave up six runs and didn't last two innings. Fulmer went back to Triple-A Charlotte after that start, but rejoined the White Sox when rosters expanded in September. Manager Rick Renteria explained that what Fulmer shows the team in September will be used to evaluate his potential for the team next season.

"Fulmer right now is gonna be pitching so that we can continue to assess what we can do with him for the upcoming season," Renteria said. "It would be fair to say that, whether it's in relief or starting, I think getting him the innings that he can get right now in this particular time is just important. For us to be able to see him and see what he's capable of doing hopefully for the next couple of starts and maybe he gets a lot more beneift out of it. For us, putting our eyes on him in September is a little bit better than doing it in the spring. Right now, it's still in the flow of the season and we can see where he's at."

Fulmer was used exclusively as a reliever in his brief time with the White Sox last season. This year he has made two starts and two relief appearances. With Carlos Rodon, Reynaldo Lopez and Lucas Giolito looking like future staples of the White Sox rotation, and a slew of high-level pitching prospects pushing their way to the majors, Fulmer doesn't have a big window to show his value as a starter to the team.

"As long as we win that's all that matters to me," Fulmer said. "I'll do any role for our team and you just have to be able to go in any situation and get your team out of it. Obviously for me I like to start games and go as long as I can. I talked to Ricky and our management. My job is to come to the field prepared each day to take care of a job and that's what I'm going to do."

Between what Renteria and Fulmer said, it sounds like what Fulmer does the rest of this season will be viewed as a tryout. If Fulmer continues to hurl quality starts like he did on Sunday, perhaps he will have a chance at the White Sox rotation in 2018.

Fulmer allowed a home run to Jarrett Parker in the second inning, which gave the Giants an early lead. The White Sox supported Fulmer with a five-run bottom half. Fulmer settled down, limiting the Giants to three hits and three walks in his six innings of work. He said after the start that he "was able to command everything that I had."

The Vanderbilt product is still adjusting to life in the majors on and off the field, but is hoping more starts like Sunday's will prove his worth to the White Sox.

"I've worked my whole life to get here and I'm a competitor," Fulmer said. "I want to have success here, along with the rest of my teammates. It's a learning experience for me. I've been up here for a little while, but I want to stick. I want to do everything I can to continue to have a spot on this team. We have something special here. The clubhouse is great. The veteran guys, they're helping us guys settle in pretty good. It's a great time to be here right now and I think that we'll all continue to grow and move forward."

White Sox adjust 40-man roster — including adding Eloy Jimenez — ahead of Rule 5 Draft deadline


White Sox adjust 40-man roster — including adding Eloy Jimenez — ahead of Rule 5 Draft deadline

The White Sox made some adjustments to their 40-man roster ahead of Monday's deadline to protect players from the Rule 5 Draft.

Rules stipulate that a player who signed when he was 18 or younger and has played five seasons of professional baseball is eligible to be selected in the Rule 5 Draft if he is not on his team's 40-man roster. Because of that, the White Sox — like the rest of the teams in the league — made some moves Monday to protect certain players.

The White Sox announced Monday afternoon that they purchased the contracts of infielder Casey Gillaspie from Triple-A Charlotte, outfielder Eloy Jimenez from Double-A Birmingham, outfielder Luis Alexander Basabe and pitcher Ian Clarkin from Class-A Winston-Salem and outfielder Micker Adolfo from Class-A Kannapolis.

Simultaneously, pitchers Chris Beck and Tyler Danish were outrighted to Charlotte.

The most notable name on the list is of course Jimenez, the highly ranked outfielder acquired from the Cubs in July's trade that sent Jose Quintana to the North Side. Jimenez was a no-brainer to be protected after he slugged 19 homers and hit 22 doubles with 65 RBIs in his 89 games in the minors last season, splitting time between Birmingham and Winston-Salem in the White Sox system and Class-A Myrtle Beach in the Cubs' system. Jimenez is ranked as the White Sox No. 1 prospect by MLB.com.

Gillaspie was acquired in the trade that sent Dan Jennings to the Tampa Bay Rays. The brother of former White Sox infielder Conor Gillaspie, he hit 15 homers and 20 doubles in 125 games all at the Triple-A level. Gillaspie is ranked as the White Sox No. 11 prospect by MLB.com.

Basabe, the White Sox No. 17 prospect, was in last offseason's Chris Sale trade and hit .221 with five homers and 12 doubles at Winston-Salem. Adolfo, the White Sox No. 14 prospect, was signed as a free agent in 2013 and hit .264 with 16 homers and 28 doubles at Kannapolis. Clarkin, the White Sox No. 22 prospect, was acquired in the seven-player trade with the Yankees in July and posted a 2.60 ERA and 63 strikeouts in 86.2 innings of work at the Class-A level.

The 27-year-old Beck posted a very high 6.40 ERA in 64.2 innings out of the White Sox bullpen last season. Danish made just one appearance with the big league club last season, getting his first major league win in the second game of a doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers.

Three months till baseball's back as White Sox announce spring training schedule


Three months till baseball's back as White Sox announce spring training schedule

Only three more months till the White Sox are back in action.

The South Siders announced their spring training schedule Monday, with Cactus League play commencing Feb. 23 out in Arizona.

The White Sox have the unenviable task of opening the exhibition schedule against the defending National League champions, the Los Angeles Dodgers playing hosts to the Pale Hose in Glendale. The White Sox will be the visitors, though they share the Camelback Ranch facility with the Dodgers, so they'll still be in their home ballpark. Their first official home game comes two days later, in a Feb. 25 matchup against the Cincinnati Reds.

The White Sox will face off against the Cubs in three "Cactus Crosstown" games on Feb. 27 and March 10 in Mesa and on March 16 in Glendale.

And in a cool wrap to the preseason, the White Sox will square off against their own Triple-A affiliate March 26 in Charlotte. The game against the Knights should be a fun watch considering all the future White Sox expected to make their way to the big leagues over the next couple seasons. The Knights' roster could be loaded with highly ranked prospects depending on how things shake out.

Here's the full schedule: