5 Chicago White Sox Players Who Won’t Make it Through 2014 Spring Training
5 Players Who Won't Make it Through 2014 Spring Training
The Chicago White Sox had a 2013 season that was nothing short of disappointing. They were expected to compete for the division but instead finished with one of the worst records in baseball. With how poorly they were playing, they shipped out many of their starting players in trades. Over the 2013 season they traded away Jake Peavy, Matt Thornton, Jesse Crain and Alex Rios. Over the course of this offseason they have also traded away closer Addison Reed and Hector Santiago to the Arizona Diamondbacks in separate trades.
While they have been trading players away, they have also been acquiring lots of young talent like Avisail Garcia, Adam Eaton, Leury Garcia and Matt Davidson. Three of the four players have a good shot at starting for the team on opening day and could members of the White Sox for many years to come. The White Sox also acquired Jose Daniel Abreu, who looks to shore up first base for years. There has also been the acquisitions of relief pitchers Ronald Belisario and Felipe Paulino to help shore up the bullpen.
With all of these acquisitions, it’s going to leave some players without a job after Spring Training finishes. So without further ado, these 5 players will not make the team out of Spring Training.
5. Jordan Danks
Jordan Danks has played fairly frequently for the White Sox over the past couple seasons due to injuries in the outfield and as a fourth outfielder. He hasn’t played terribly, but he hasn’t done anything spectacular either. The White Sox already have Avisail Garcia, Alejandro De Aza, Dayan Viciedo and Adam Eaton in the outfield so it looks like there isn’t any room in the outfield barring some sort of long-term injury.
4. Charlie Leesman
Charlie Leesman has only had a limited time in the majors, but the small sample size isn’t very good. He pitched 15.1 innings last season and gave up 14 runs. When you give up almost a run per inning your chances of making the team do not look very good. Compound that with the fact that there are multiple left-handed relief pitchers on the team already fighting for a job along with the new pitchers signed to pitch in relief, and things look bad for Leesman.
3. Adrian Nieto
Adrian Nieto was acquired by the White Sox in the Rule 5 draft from the Washington Nationals. He is a switch-hitting catcher who has decent skills but nothing too overwhelming. He spent last season in high A in Washington’s minor league system. While the White Sox do not have the best talent when it comes to catchers, with Tyler Flowers and Josh Phegley on the team, I find it hard to believe Nieto will be on the team barring a standout Spring Training from Nieto and one of the two previously mentioned catchers playing horribly.
2. Dylan Axelrod
Dylan Axelrod has had a rough time since he came to the White Sox in 2011. He made a few appearances in 2011 for the team and pitched very well, posting an ERA under 3.00. The two seasons after that haven’t been very good, posting an ERA over 5.00 for both seasons and becoming very inconsistent. He wasn’t offered a major league contract with the team and is going to Spring Training on a minor league deal. With all of the current bullpen arms and the recent acquisitions the team has made, I find it very unlikely that Axelrod makes it out of Spring Training.
1. Conor Gillaspie
Conor Gillaspie was the starting third baseman for the White Sox for a good chunk of the season last year. He didn’t play great all year, especially in the second half of the season, but he played better than most expected him to. With the acquisition of Matt Davidson from the Diamondbacks and the possibility of him being the starting third baseman to open the season, it looks like he won’t have the starting job anymore. Also with Jeff Keppinger likely taking the backup role/utility man role it would look like Gillaspie is the odd man out at third.