Cordell has the best chance of these players to make the Opening Day roster. He got the starting nod for the first spring training game. Left field was the position that saw the most players last season and Cordell would be a great candidate to take over that position. Cordell’s season was shortened by injury last year. In his five-year Minor League and winter ball career, he’s hit .273 and has 277 RBIs, 500 hits, 183 extra-base hits, and 82 stolen bases in 482 games.
He’s been successful at every level and he finally has a shot to stake a claim for a starting job at least for the foreseeable future. If the season started today, Cordell has a very good case to start in left field– with Nicky Delmonico as the DH. It seems like Cordell has the favor of the coaching staff early and if he can really show up and play well, the left field spot at Guaranteed Rate Field will have his name on it. In three spring training games, he’s 2-for-6, with two runs scored and an RBI. He’s been popping up on many people’s radars over the past week.
These four aforementioned players all have the experience and have shown their abilities to this point. Fortunately for most of them, the stars have begun to align and their positions are either open or there’s competition for those spots. But as easily as each player can play themselves onto the Opening Day roster, they can also play themselves out of a roster spot. 46 players played at least one game with the Sox last spring training. If any of these players stand out this year, they have probably earned the chance to play with the Chicago across their chest come late March.