The White Sox finished 13-13-5 in the desert this spring. Overall, the Sox had a productive camp. Other than John Danks, and possibly Jesse Crain, the South Siders’ key contributors will leave Glendale healthy and ready for Opening Day.
Infielders Angel Sanchez and Conor Gillaspie shined during camp and were able to win a spot on the Sox Opening Day roster. New comers Jeff Keppinger and Matt Lindstrom impressed this spring as well, and it seems as if both are ready to make an impact for the Sox this year.
With some doubting whether or not he can continue to put up big numbers due to old age and a lackluster finish to the 2012, it was also encouraging to see veteran Paul Konerko have a stellar spring.
Chris Sale may have enjoyed Arizona the most of any White Sox player. Not only did the lefty go 4-0 in Cactus League play, but he also signed a five-year, $32.5 million deal. Manager Robin Ventura named Sale the Sox Opening Day starter as well, and all signs point to the hurler having another productive year.
Although they were cut by the White Sox and will start the year in the minor leagues, Jordan Danks and Jared Mitchell opened some eyes during camp. It wouldn’t surprise me to see both outfielders at the big league level at some point in 2013.
The White Sox will leave camp the same way they came in: optimistic about their chances this season. Although most of the players and coaches are still bitter about their 2012 late-season collapse, they have all expressed that it’s time to move forward and focus on the present. Expect a very competitive and close-knit team on the South Side this year.
With Opening Day just four days away, the Sox will travel to Milwaukee this weekend to take on the Milwaukee Brewers in a few exhibition games before heading to Chicago to get ready for the start of the regular season.