The Chicago White Sox had themselves a very interesting day on Monday. They made the Joe Kelly and Vince Velasquez signings official which started their day on a good note. After that, some of the team’s biggest stars started to trickle in.
A lot of the guys who showed up to spring training on Monday are the guys we know and love from this team rather than just prospects. All of the players that are going to make an impact on this squad this year are already there unless they make another trade or singing.
Guys like Luis Robert, Yoan Moncada, and Eloy Jimenez were all seen at Camelback Ranch on Monday. It is so great to see these guys there after the 99 days of lockout where we didn’t know if there would be baseball at all.
These guys join other hitters like Tim Anderson and Andrew Vaughn who were there at the tail end of last week. As they really start to show up, it is hitting us that baseball is almost all the way back which made this feel like a star-studded day of spring training.
The Chicago White Sox continues with spring training as it really ramps up.
The hitters are not the only players that have arrived in bunches now either. It is noteworthy that despite not being ready to start the season due to injury, Joe Kelly was present. This is a big signing for the White Sox as he plans to join one of the best bullpens in the league.
With guys like Liam Hendriks, Craig Kimbrel, Aaron Bummer, and Kendall Graveman in the mix, the back end of the bullpen is going to be unhittable when they’re on. The hope is that the White Sox have an outstanding record in games that they enter the 6th inning or later with a lead.
We were also able to see Lucas Giolito and Michael Kopech get some throwing in on Monday as well. Both of them are going to make big starts in 2022 so the White Sox needs these guys to hit the ground running this season. It is good to know that they are back in Ethan Katz’s hands following the lockout.
Spring training is really ramping up now. Games are just a couple of days away so what goes on in these early sessions is incredibly important. If you think about it, building towards a World Series title as a team on the field begins at spring training.
We can only hope that these days stay well for the White Sox players as they prepare to win a lot of games. Having them back at spring training, as mentioned before, is a long way away from where we were before the lockout ended.