By David Ferris
1. Buster Posey, Giants
2. Mike Napoli, Rangers
NOTE: Summer's plan - go chase Arlington.
3. Matt Wieters, Orioles
4. Carlos Santana, Indians
5. Brian McCann, Braves
6. Yadier Molina, Cardinals
7. Carlos Ruiz, Phillies
NOTE: He's their MVP right now.
8. Joe Mauer, Twins
NOTE: No pop, always injury prone.
9. Miguel Montero, Diamondbacks
10. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Red Sox
NOTE: A platoon guy, but on the meatier side.
11. A.J. Pierzynski, White Sox
NOTE: A nice time for a career year.
12. Jesus Montero, Mariners
NOTE: Hits better on days he catches.
13. J.P. Arencibia, Blue Jays
14. Alex Avila, Tigers
15. Salvador Perez, Royals
NOTE: Returns from knee injury, hit well on rehab assignment.
16. Russell Martin, Yankees
17. Wilin Rosario, Rockies
NOTE: Needs to improve against righties.
18. A.J. Ellis, Dodgers
NOTE: He's crashed, hard, in June.
19. Ryan Doumit, Twins
20. Jonathan Lucroy, Brewers
21. Rod Barajas, Pirates
22. Victor Martinez, Tigers
NOTE: Has a shot to return in August.
23. Geovany Soto, Cubs
24. Ramon Hernandez, Rockies
25. John Buck, Marlins
26. Kurt Suzuki, Athletics
NOTE: He'll share time with Norris, the rookie.
27. Miguel Olivo, Mariners
28. Josh Thole, Mets
29. Martin Maldonado, Brewers
30. Ryan Hanigan, Reds
31. Derek Norris, Athletics
32. Devin Mesoraco, Reds
NOTE: Doesn't look ready yet.
33. Nick Hundley, Padres
Is this the White Sox solution at catcher while Welington Castillo serves his 80-game suspension?
The team announced it claimed Dustin Garneau off waivers from the Oakland Athletics just hours after Castillo’s suspension became official. The White Sox simultaneously placed Miguel Gonzalez on the 60-day disabled list, freeing up a spot on the 40-man roster for Garneau, who was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte.
Garneau, 30, has 87 major league games under his belt thanks to stints with A’s and Colorado Rockies. He split time between those two clubs last season and slashed .188/.272/.313 with a pair of homers and nine RBIs in 126 plate appearances.
The White Sox found themselves with few options Thursday morning, when Castillo was suspended for use of a performance-enhancing drug. Alfredo Gonzalez was summoned from Charlotte to take Castillo’s spot, though he wasn’t the team’s first choice. Kevan Smith, who played plenty at the big league level in 2017, is on the disabled list with an ankle injury. Seby Zavala, who is having a terrific offensive season at Double-A Birmingham, is also injured, though he likely wouldn't have been promoted as he continues to develop into a possible catcher of the future alongside Zack Collins.
The lack of internal options sent the White Sox outside the organization, and while Garneau is heading to Charlotte, he could potentially be up soon to help new No. 1 Omar Narvaez behind the plate while Castillo sits out the next three months.
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School: St. Edward
Head coach: Mike Rolando
Assistant coaches: Steve McShane, Scot Brockner, Eloy Diaz, Mike Childers, Mike Holte, Tim Wood, Zack McQueen and Andrew Yarwood
How they fared in 2017: 5-4 (2-3 Metro Suburban Blue Conference). St. Edward failed to make the 2017 IHSA state playoff field.
2018 Regular Season Schedule:
Aug. 24 vs Tinley Park
Aug. 31 @ Wheaton Academy
Sept. 7 @ Hope Academy
Sept. 14 vs Elmwood Park
Sept. 21 @ Guerin Prep
Sept. 28 @ Chicago Christian
Oct. 5 vs IC Catholic Prep
Oct. 12 vs Fenton
Oct. 19 vs Ridgewood
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Biggest storyline: Can the Green Wave reload and replace several multi-year starters lost to graduation this spring?
Names to watch this season: RB/LB Nick Wright and WR/DB Sidney Muhammed
Biggest holes to fill: Replacing standout quarterback Dylan Mlinarich will likely be one of the bigger projects for the 'Wave.
EDGY's Early Take: The Green Wave just missed out on the 2017 playoff because of low playoff points and will need to reload come August. Only two starters are back on both sides of the football. Look for St. Edward to get the football into the hands of RB Nick Wright quite a bit. WR Sidney Muhammed will also be another experienced play maker this fall.