White Sox send a number of players to minor league camp while optioning outfield and pitching prospect to Triple-A Charlotte.
The Chicago White Sox announced on Tuesday that outfielder Charlie Tilson and relief pitcher Thyago Vieira had been optioned to Triple-A Charlotte. In total, the team sent eight players to minor league camp.
Tilson, who was vying for the starting center field job to begin this season, only hit .188 in four spring games for the Sox. The 25-year-old will get more time to develop with Charlotte as he works to make a return to the majors. The Sox could start the season with either Adam Engel or Ryan Cordell in center field. Both players are having strong starts to spring training.
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For Vieira, he will provide bullpen depth in the minors for the Knights in 2018. Although he didn’t make the team out of spring training, Vieira could be promoted to the majors later this year. The right-handed pitcher pitched one inning this spring and recorded one strikeout. He will also benefit from more development in the minors.
The Sox also sent Jake Burger, Jordan Guerrero, Dylan Covey, Michael Ynoa, Jose Ruiz and Alfredo Gonzalez to minor-league camp. Burger will miss the entire 2018 season with a left ruptured Achilles tendon injury. Covey, who started 12 games for the Sox last season, will have to improve in the minors before he will get another chance in the majors.
On Wednesday afternoon, the Sox will face the Cincinnati Reds at Camelback Ranch. Miguel Gonzalez will start for the Sox.