Chicago White Sox: Three alternate site players to call up first
As of right now, it appears that Seby Zavala is the Chicago White Sox third-string catcher.
When James McCann left the Chicago White Sox during the offseason, they knew that replacing him would be impossible. They have Yasmani Grandal who is a top-three catcher in the game but having a top-ten catcher in the game as the number two is really nice. James deserved everything he got from the New York Mets but we will certainly miss what he brought to the table.
That left the backup job open to whoever grabbed it. Jonathan Lucroy looked like a lock to take the job during spring training but they were going to start him at the alternate site so he asked to be released. Zack Collins had an awesome spring as well so he ended up with the job. Yermin Mercedes is also on the roster but it doesn’t feel like he is catching anytime soon. They use him for his bat as a DH more often than not.
If either Grandal or Collins goes down or has a performance issue, Seby Zavala could get a call up from the alternate site. Carlos Perez is the only other catcher down there so you would figure that Zavala is the first of the two to get the call. He has some Major League experience already which helps his case as well. It would be really cool to see him succeed wherever he ends up. Zavala is a likely player to be “first up” simply because the team only has three catchers on the active MLB roster and one of them barely ever catches.