Notable Invites to White Sox 2018 Spring Training
White Sox non-roster invites for upcoming Spring Training includes some of the team’s top prospects heading into 2018 season.
Spring Training is only a few weeks away but White Sox Nation can hardly wait for this year’s preseason to get underway. White Sox Nation may seem like a general term but by White Sox Nation, the anticipation ranges from the front office to the coaching staff, to the players, all the way down to the fans.
White Sox fans couldn’t get enough of this team’s prospects last year and this time around promises to be even better. The White Sox organization had such a successful and enthusiastic reception to their rebuild plan, they even broadcasted minor league games for the first time in CSN Chicago’s history, according to Craine’s Business.
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Last year’s Spring Training was one of the most anticipated in recent White Sox memory for several reasons but mainly because of the young studs that they acquired in the offseason. Among them were Yoan Moncada, Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez, and Michael Kopech.
However, one of the many great things about Spring Training is the opportunity to see other young promising players that have either gone under the radar. They have a chance to stand out or have had successful offseason training.
Personally, it was last season’s Spring Training where I first saw Nicky Delmonico, Danny Hayes, Matt Davidson, and Zack Burdi. Delmonico and Davidson, saw extended time in the majors last year. I was very high on Delmonico solely because of his performance down at Camelback Ranch and I was excited to see him make the big league squad. So while it is a time for players to get back into shape for the season, Spring Training also offers the opportunity to see more of every invited player. Both highly rated and unknown.
This year, the usual suspects, Moncada and Kopech will be back at Camelback Ranch in Arizona but there’ll be a few fresh faces to join them. In addition to Moncada, Kopech, Lopez, Giolito, Delmonico, the Sox will also be bringing back more players from last year’s Spring Training. Those players include Micker Adolfo, Luis Basabe, Jacob May, Zack Collins, Jordan Stephens, and Tyler Danish. For the most part, these players have either spent extended time in the majors, have limited MLB experience, or will have MLB experience in the very near future as rotational players.
The fresh faces the Sox are inviting to Spring Training this year are top prospects Alec Hansen, Dane Dunning, Jake Burger and Luis Robert, all of which have been drafted or signed as amateurs. The new players invite that are new to the organization include Ryan Cordell, Casey Gillaspie, Jose Rondon, Jose Ruiz, Ian Clarkin, Dylan Cease and of course, Eloy Jimenez.
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In total, the White Sox invited 22 players to that are not currently on the 40-man roster and these invites range from Single-A ballplayers to 30-year-old veterans. The White Sox are in an interesting stage of the development phase of rebuilding. Rick Hahn and the front office spent the last year acquiring all the pieces, now they have to figure out which ones will ultimately fit the puzzle.