Chicago White Sox: Finally revealing the 2021 MiLB rosters

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The Chicago White Sox announced their MiLB rosters for their four affiliates on Monday evening. Nobody really cared at the time because it was right around the same time that the news of a press conference came out that was going to update Luis Robert’s injury status. Whenever there is a conference for something like that, you know it is never good. However, now we can focus on those rosters because it is very important.

There are players in double-A and triple-A that are on the White Sox current 40 man roster. The Charlotte Knights, Birmingham Barons, Winston-Salem Dash, and Kannapolis Cannon-Ballers are all back to be the White Sox affiliates after being off for the entire 2020 season. COVID-19 killed the entire season for everyone down there so it is nice to finally see them ramping it up.

They are getting off to a delayed start because of pandemic complications but they seem on track to start when they were planning now. The top players were at an alternate site in Schaumburg in case the White Sox needed to make call ups which they did from time to time. They practiced and had exhibition games with the Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers alternate sites, so that was really good for them.

There are some notable players in the minors for the White Sox right now. The only that you may know the most is Reynaldo Lopez. He is going to start on the IL with the Charlotte Knights after Carlos Rodon won the job out of Spring Training. There are also frequent call-ups (AAAA guys) in Danny Mendick and Zack Burdi ready to get the AAA season going as well.

Obviously, AAA, A+, and A all have players that could make it someday but they are mostly lesser-known names. The good news is that we get to hear about them all season long because the season is actually going to happen this year. Minor League Baseball seasons are so important to the present and future of Major League Baseball teams.

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As you can see with the big club, injuries can pile up in a heartbeat. It is up to Minor League guys to be ready to go when their name is called. You might notice that most call-ups didn’t play well last year and to start this year. A lot of that is talent disparity but it is also because playing at the alternate site is wildly different than playing real Minor League games that count. Hopefully, everyone in the White Sox system is able to have good healthy years.