Chicago White Sox Bullpen Battle
The Chicago White Sox have four spots that are locked up in the bullpen with Addison Reed, Matt Thornton, Jesse Crain and Will Ohman. The other three spots look as if they are coming down to handful of guys.
The third lefty spot in the pen will come down to Hector Santiago (5IP, 0.00 ERA, 5K, 2BB), Eric Stults (5IP, 0.00 ERA, 5K, 0 BB), Jose Quintana (3.2IP, 0.00 ERA, 2K, 0 BB) and Leyson Septimo (3.2IP, 2.45 ERA, 2K, 4BB). Right now I believe Santiago has the upper hand as he can make a spot start in an emergency situation.
There is two spots open for right-handers with a bunch of pitchers showing they should be given the chance to start the season in Texas with the White Sox. In the mix is Brian Bruney (5IP, 0.00 ERA, 7K, 0 BB), Zach Stewart (9IP, 5.00 ERA, 7K, 3BB), Dylan Axelrod (10IP, 5.40 ERA, 7K, 2BB), Duente Heath (4IP, 2.25 ERA, 3K, 3BB) and Nate Jones (5.1IP, 3.38 ERA, 8K, 3BB). I would give the edge to Stewart and Bruney, but Axelrod is going to make it hard for the White Sox send him back to AAA. Bruney had a nice start to the season last year with Chicago, but then the wheels fell off. He finished really strong in Charlotte and is having a very nice Spring Training.
This just shows you that the one position the Chicago White Sox are pretty deep in is relief pitchers.