White Sox set starting rotation for the early set of Spring Training games taking place. Top pitching prospect will start on Monday against Oakland.
The Chicago White Sox announced pitchers that will be starting in games to begin Spring Training on Wednesday. After Tyler Danish was originally reported as starting the opening game of Spring Training on Friday, the Sox later announced Dylan Covey will start against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Covey, who was outrighted to Triple-A last week and removed from the 40-man roster, will get a chance to pitch in Spring Training. The 2016 Rule 5 draft pick didn’t have a good 2017 campaign with the Sox, and he figures to have a very long road back to the majors.Last season, Covey went 0-7 with a 7.71 ERA. He made 18 total appearances, with 12 of them being starts.
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Hector Santiago, will start for the Sox on Saturday against the Seattle Mariners. This will be Santiago’s second stint with the Sox organization. The Sox signed him to a minor league deal this offseason, and he could be a solid bullpen arm this season if he can make the team out of Spring Training.
Jordan Guerrero, who isn’t on the Sox 40-man roster, will start on Sunday against the Cincinnati Reds in split-squad action. The 2012 15th round draft pick had a decent season in 2017 with Double-A Birmingham. Guerrero went 7-12 with a 4.18 ERA while recording 136 strikeouts. This Spring Training could be vital for him as he looks to make the next step to a possible promotion to Triple-A Charlotte.
White Sox top pitching prospect Michael Kopech will make his Spring Training debut on Monday against the Oakland Athletics. Kopech had an impressive 2017 with Birmingham and Charlotte. In 25 total starts, Kopech went 9-8 with a 2.88 ERA. Kopech will most likely start 2018 with Charlotte, but he could be promoted to the Sox later this year.