White Sox Begin Spring Training Play on Feb. 23 Against Dodgers
White Sox begin Spring Training play on Feb. 23 against Dodgers. Top prospect will face former organization on Feb. 27.
The Chicago White Sox will start Spring Training play on Feb. 23 against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Camelback Ranch. With the team’s current rebuild entering its second year, there will plenty of intriguing storylines for 2018.
Eloy Jimenez, the Sox top prospect, will face the Cubs on Feb. 27. Jimenez has expressed his desire to start the 2018 season in the major leagues. However, Jimenez has only played in 18 games in Double-A and could use more time to develop in the minors.
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The Sox will play a total of three games against the Cubs during Spring Training, so Jimenez should get a lot of opportunities to face the organization that originally signed him. Jose Quintana could pitch against the Sox next spring which could present an intriguing matchup between him and Jimenez.
Other Sox prospects that could get invited to Spring Training include Michael Kopech, Alec Hansen, and Luis Robert. None of these players should be expected to leave camp with the Sox, but they can gain some valuable experience participating in Spring Training.
Kopech is most likely the closest to the majors out of all the aforementioned Sox prospects. The Sox top pitching prospect ended this past season in Triple-A and could very well be promoted to the major leagues sometime next year.
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This team could look slightly different at the beginning of Spring Training in 2018. Avisail Garcia and Jose Abreu have been intriguing trade candidates so far this offseason. One or both of these players can either be offered contract extensions or traded. Expect the Sox to make the best decision for long-term success moving forward.