The Chicago White Sox announced on Monday some details about their 2021 alternate site. The Minor League season is going to begin in May but until then, the AAA caliber players are going to begin at the designated alternate site. That is Wintrust Stadium in Schaumburg for the Chicago White Sox. A lot of good and potentially useful players are down there for now. These are the three players you are most likely to see be called up first:
Reynaldo Lopez would be the first pitcher that the Chicago White Sox brings up.
Reynaldo Lopez did not break camp with the Chicago White Sox. He has been sent down to this alternate site and could see some time in AAA. He has been beaten out for that fifth starter job by Carlos Rodon. Rodon deserved the job but it was sad for Lopez who works so hard. Since being a really good pitcher for the White Sox in 2018, he has really fallen off a cliff.
There is potential that more reps at the alternate site and perhaps AAA will get him going again. If there were an injury or two to anybody in the rotation or bullpen, Lopez would more than likely be the first called up. He has Major League experience with a fair amount of success in his early days.
Ethan Katz has seemed to do wonders for a few pitchers in the White Sox organization already so it will be interesting to see if he can fix Lopez. If they do bring him up at some point, you would have to figure that it is his last chance to stick around on a full-time basis.