Chicago White Sox: Five players fighting for Opening Day roster spots

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Danny Mendick. 2. player. 128. . INF. Chicago White Sox

The Chicago White Sox official depth chart has Danny Mendick all over the infield. The problem for him is that he isn’t listed as a starter at any of the positions he is capable of playing. He is listed as either backup or third-string at third base, shortstop, and second base. Chances are that he is never the full-time starter for the White Sox at any of these positions unless there are a plethora of injuries. That doesn’t mean that he can’t make the Opening Day roster and stick as a backup.

There is no shame in being a good backup on a winning baseball team. Most winning baseball teams need to be able to claim that they have depth at all positions. It is also key for Mendick to have the ability to play multiple positions. That should get him some playing time at different points throughout the season.

Another key for Mendick is to have a strong Spring Training performance. If he doesn’t play well in those games, he is likely not going to make the team. If he does play well, he will make the team. The ball is in his court as far as being a part of the opening day roster.

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