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White Sox set 25-man roster

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White Sox set 25-man roster

CATCHERS

No. 27 Dioner Navarro

Bats: S  |  Throws: R

Ht: 5-9  |  Wt: 215

Age: 32  |  Service Time: 9.091

Well-traveled veteran catcher has plenty of personality and a little bit of pop in his bat. One of two new players behind the plate.

 

No. 31 Alex Avila

Bats: L  |  Throws: R

Ht: 5-11  |  Wt: 210

Age: 29  |  Service Time: 6.061

Another experienced backstop who has played for a winning team in all but one season and has handled several elite pitchers in Detroit.

 

INFIELDERS

No. 79 Jose Abreu

Bats: R  |  Throws: R

Ht: 6-3  |  Wt: 255

Age: 27  |  Service Time: 2.00

Managed to become only second to post 30-homers, 100-RBIs in first two seasons despite limited protection in 2015.

 

No. 15 Brett Lawrie

Bats: R  |  Throws: R

Ht: 6-0  |  Wt: 210

Age: 26  |  Service Time: 4.055

High energy infielder is making transition to second base. Club is hopeful move to hitter friendly ballpark could result in power surge.

 

No. 7 Jimmy Rollins

Bats: R  |  Throws: R

Ht: 5-7  |  Wt: 175

Age: 37  |  Service Time: 15.015

Speedy, steady and professional, and a proven winner, he provides much-needed leadership in middle of the diamond and a bridge to prospect Tim Anderson.

 

No. 18 Tyler Saladino

Bats: R  |  Throws: R

Ht: 6-0  |  Wt: 200

Age: 26  |  Service Time: 0.087

Versatile defender showed his value when he excelled at third base in ’15. Team is hopeful his bat improves upon .602 OPS in second season.

 

No. 21 Todd Frazier

Bats: R  |  Throws: R

Ht: 6-3  |  Wt: 220

Age: 30  |  Service Time: 4.071

Home Run Derby champ brings energy, attitude and professional approach to the middle of the order and a strong glove to the hot corner.

 

OUTFIELDERS

No. 26 Avisail Garcia

Bats: R  |  Throws: R

Ht: 6-4  |  Wt: 240

Age: 24  |  Service Time: 2.167

Has had a strong spring after making several changes to stance and approach. Club’s chances improve if his bat develops and he drives the ball.

 

No. 1 Adam Eaton

Bats: L  |  Throws: L

Ht: 5-8  |  Wt: 185

Age: 27  |  Service Time: 3.030

Could be an All-Star if he replicates the .834 OPS he posted from May 5 on in 2015. Dynamic offensive player could be even better defender in corners.

 

No. 53 Melky Cabrera

Bats: S  |  Throws: L

Ht: 5-10  |  Wt: 210

Age: 31  |  Service Time: 9.148

Had to be a big relief to the front office when his OPS improved by 139 points to .782 in the second half. Offense needs similar showing all season.

 

No. 10 Austin Jackson

Bats: R  |  Throws: R

Ht: 6-1  |  Wt: 205

Age: 29  |  Service Time: 6.000

Rick Hahn’s patience paid off by adding this defensive dynamo to what was the worst outfield in baseball. Should see bat boosted by move to hitter’s park, too.

 

No. 20 J.B. Shuck

Bats: L  |  Throws: L

Ht: 5-11  |  Wt: 195

Age: 28  |  Service Time: 2.111

Knows his role. Provides excellent energy and ability to play all three spots off bench. Had an .820 OPS (49 plate appearances) in non starts.

 

No. 41 Jerry Sands

Bats: R  |  Throws: R

Ht: 6-4  |  Wt: 225

Age: 28  |  Service Time: 1.142

Has been dominant against LHPs and could play a valuable role. Big power. Needs to bridge gap against righties to see significant playing time.

 

STARTING PITCHER

No. 49 Chris Sale

Bats: L  |  Throws: L

Ht: 6-6  |  Wt: 190

Age: 27  |  Service Time: 5.061

One of baseball’s best pitchers set a franchise-record with 274 strikeouts last season. Always a threat to put together a Cy Young-type season.

 

No. 62 Jose Quintana

Bats: L  |  Throws: L

Ht: 6-1  |  Wt: 220

Age: 25  |  Service Time: 1.133

The steadiest and best pitcher nobody’s heard of outside of Chicago. Has produced 13.4 WAR and a 3.40 ERA in 606 2/3 innings over past three seasons.

 

No. 50 John Danks

Bats: L  |  Throws: L

Ht: 6-1  |  Wt: 210

Age: 28  |  Service Time: 7.00

Has worked to shore up mechanics and sounds as confident as he has in a few years. Improvement over 4.71 ERA in 2015 is needed for Sox to succeed.

 

No. 55 Carlos Rodon

Bats: L  |  Throws: L

Ht: 6-3  |  Wt: 235

Age: 23  |  Service Time: 0.168

Has ability to be an elite pitcher as evidenced by final eight starts of season. Has learned importance of fastball command and has wicked slider.

 

No. 38 Mat Latos

Bats: R  |  Throws: R

Ht: 6-6  |  Wt: 245

Age: 28  |  Service Time: 6.079

Perhaps the biggest wild card for the team’s fortunes is his health. If he’s on, he’s a steal and they’re likely to be in contention all summer.

 

RELIEF PITCHER

 

No. 65 Nate Jones

Bats: R  |  Throws: R

Ht: 6-5  |  Wt: 220

Age: 30  |  Service Time: 4.000

The stuff from Nasty Nate has been downright vile this spring as he continues to show he’s fully recovered from Tommy John and his hip issues.

 

No. 33 Zach Duke

Bats: L  |  Throws: L

Ht: 6-2  |  Wt: 210

Age: 32  |  Service Time: 9.054

Has great stuff from all different angles and struck out 9.8 per nine last season. Gives bullpen veteran presence and is top option for lefty hitters (.604 OPS).

 

No. 30 David Robertson

Bats: R  |  Throws: R

Ht: 5-11  |  Wt: 195

Age: 30  |  Service Time: 7.070

Was unhappy with 2015 performance despite converting 34 of 41 saves (83 percent). Has averaged 12 strikeouts per nine for his career.

 

No. 34 Matt Albers

Bats: R  |  Throws: R

Ht: 6-1  |  Wt: 225

Age: 33  |  Service Time: 8.141

Unsung hero of bullpen down the stretch, has been outstanding when healthy. Sinkerball gives bullpen yet another consistent weapon.

 

No. 57 Zach Putnam

Bats: R  |  Throws: R

Ht: 6-2  |  Wt: 220

Age: 28  |  Service Time: 2.135

Split-fingered fastball is one of best pitches in the bullpen. Strikeouts have been a plus. But he needs to cut down on mistakes to be a consistent force.

 

No. 52 Jake Petricka

Bats: R  |  Throws: R

Ht: 6-5  |  Wt: 220

Age: 27  |  Service Time: 2.044

Another ground-ball machine. He struggled in the second half with a 5.12 ERA after converting 14 of 18 saves the season before.

 

No. 43 Dan Jennings

Bats: L  |  Throws: L

Ht: 6-3  |  Wt: 210

Age: 28  |  Service Time: 2.171

The second lefty out of the ‘pen, he posted a 1.35 ERA over the final 33 1/3 innings of his season. Fastball velocity has been down this spring.

Luis Robert leaves Arizona Fall League game with injury

Luis Robert leaves Arizona Fall League game with injury

White Sox prospect Luis Robert headed to the Arizona Fall League to get more playing time after injuries limited to 50 games in 2018.

He just got hurt in the Arizona Fall League.

Robert is playing with the Glendale Desert Dogs in the AFL and left Friday's game with an injury.

It's not clear what the injury was, but Robert walked off on his own power. He also has pulled out of the Bowman Hitting Challenge (a modified home run derby) that will take place Saturday.

Robert, the No. 4 White Sox prospect and No. 44 overall prospect according to MLB Pipeline, was 1-for-3 in Friday's game before exiting. He has hit safely in all four games in the AFL, going 5-for-17 (.294) with a walk and three strikeouts, but no extra base hits.

The 21-year-old is the third youngest player on the team and the AFL is a respected offseason league for prospects. A good showing from Robert would be a sign that he is beginning to develop his talent into playable tools.

The injury could be minor so no need to ring the alarm bells yet, but the AFL season is barely more than a month long. Even a short-term injury could prevent him from making up for some of the lost playing time from the 2018 minor league season.

Sonny Gray is available: Could he be a one-year stopgap for the White Sox?

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Sonny Gray is available: Could he be a one-year stopgap for the White Sox?

The White Sox have a hole or two to plug in their starting rotation. Could Sonny Gray be an answer?

New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Friday that he's looking to trade Gray away from the Bronx this winter.

Gray isn't as attractive an add as he was a few years back, when he was coming off a sensational 2015 campaign that saw him post a 2.73 ERA and log 208 innings. He went to the All-Star Game and finished third in the AL Cy Young vote that year.

Since, he's been less successful. He made just 22 starts with the Oakland Athletics in 2016 and had a 5.69 ERA. The following season, he started with a strong 3.43 ERA in 16 starts for the A's before the midseason trade that sent him to the Yankees, where he made 11 starts with a 3.72 ERA. This season didn't go too well, earning Gray a move to the bullpen. He finished with a 4.90 ERA in 30 games, only 23 of those being starts. He threw just 29.1 innings over his final 10 appearances of the season, three of which were starts. He had a 5.26 ERA with 50 walks in 113 innings as a starter in 2018.

Those numbers won't leap off the page (in a positive way) for anyone, but there's no doubt that a potential deal for Gray would be a low-risk move for the White Sox. For a team looking to add 40 percent of a starting rotation, being able to do so cheaply — be it from a dollar or prospect standpoint — would be a good thing, especially if the strategy ends up being to simply add one-year fill-ins while Michael Kopech recovers from Tommy John surgery and Dylan Cease makes his way to the major leagues.

However, Gray's 57-walk total from the 2018 season could be something the White Sox would want to stay away from. After all, White Sox pitchers led the AL with 653 walks this season. They also had five of the top 21 walk-issuing pitchers in the Junior Circuit: Lucas Giolito led the league with 90, James Shields was third with 78, Reynaldo Lopez was fifth with 75, Hector Santiago was 15th with 60, and Carlos Rodon was 21st with 55. Gray slotted in right ahead of Rodon.

But Gray has obviously produced results in the past, and whether the White Sox are looking to simply plug the holes in the 2019 staff or potentially find a sign-and-flip candidate for the 2019 trade deadline — he's slated to hit free agency after the 2019 season — Gray could fit that bill. One thing's for sure: He's available.