Two players, Simon Castro and Santos Rodriguez, were optioned to the White Sox Triple-A affiliate, the Charlotte Knights. Nestor Molina was optioned to the Sox Double-A affiliate, the Birmingham Barons. And Stefan Gartrell, Erik Johnson, Marcus Semien, Scott Snodgrass, Trayce Thompson and Keenyn Walker were reassigned to minor-league camp.
With these 10 players leaving White Sox camp this afternoon, their are now 45 players remaining in the Sox major-league camp.
Of the players who were sent down by the South Siders, Keenyn Walker impressed me most this spring. In his first MLB Spring training, the speedy outfielder turned a few heads. Although his Cactus League numbers —.250 AVG, 1 double, 1 triple, in 20 at-bats— don’t exactly blow you away, his intangibles are what stood out to me. However, with all three starting outfielders from a year ago returning, and a deep bench, at this moment in time the Sox don’t have anywhere to put Walker.
With only 21 days until Opening Day, the White Sox still have a few roster decisions to make in these next few weeks. Every round of cuts brings closer position battles, and more difficult choices for the Sox coaching staff and front office.
The battle between Brent Morel and Conor Gillaspie to be Jeff Keppinger’s back up at third base is the most interesting to me right now. Each guy has a unique story, and both have given manager Robin Ventura a reason to select them to the Sox Opening Day roster. Gillaspie is out of minor-league options, therefore I believe he’ll make the team, and Morel will be sent to Triple-A to improve on his game.
Matt Malecha is a Chicago White Sox writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @MattMalecha.