3 surprises on the Chicago White Sox Opening Day roster

Vincent Parise
SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA - MARCH 04: Micker Adolfo #77 of the Chicago White Sox bats against the San Francisco Giants during a spring training game on March 4, 2021 at Scottsdale Stadium in Scottsdale Arizona. (Photo by Ron Vesely/Getty Images)
SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA - MARCH 04: Micker Adolfo #77 of the Chicago White Sox bats against the San Francisco Giants during a spring training game on March 4, 2021 at Scottsdale Stadium in Scottsdale Arizona. (Photo by Ron Vesely/Getty Images) /
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Chicago White Sox, Tanner Banks
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Tanner Banks – RP

Tanner Banks is going to be a part of the Chicago White Sox to start the year.

This is one of the best stories coming from any team breaking camp in Major League Baseball. Everybody likes a really good underdog story and that is exactly what the Chicago White Sox have on their hands with Tanner Banks making the team for Opening Day.

Banks is 30 years old and has spent the last eight seasons in the Minor Leagues. Now, he will break camp with the club as he looks to play Major League Baseball in 2022. We don’t know how long this magical story will last but it is really cool to see. He needs to take it all in.

Banks is behind Aaron Bummer as a lefty to use out of the bullpen. That means that he probably won’t be used in the first game of the season or in many high leverage spots but he will certainly see some time on the mound now that he made the team.

The reason that he made the team is because of his outstanding spring training. He faced some good hitters over the course of the exhibition season and didn’t really look out of place at all. He finished the spring with five appearances, a 4.70 ERA, and a 1.3 WHIP. Don’t expect him to be a star reliever but he might be able to come in and eat some innings at the right time.

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