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Who Made The White Sox Opening Day Roster?

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Spring training was filled with some impressive performances from young prospects as well as some rather unimpressive performances. However, spring training has come to a close and the opening day roster has been announced. Some of the names on the White Sox roster may be a surprise.

 The White Sox “Top Prospects”

Lets get this one out of the way first. Yoan Moncada, Lucas Giolito, Zack Burdi, Zack Collins, Carson Fulmer, Reynaldo Lopez and Michael Kopech will all be starting the 2017 season in the minor leagues. Although they are starting in the minors that is not to say that they had a poor spring training. Burdi and Lopez shined during their stint in spring training, while Yoan Moncada and Michael Kopech really caught fire towards the end of spring training.

Each of their call up dates will likely vary, with Moncada and Lopez being the most likely candidates for an early call up.

Matt Davidson and Cody Asche

Manager Rick Renteria announced that Matt Davidson and Cody Asche will be on the opening day roster. Davidson has never played an major league opening day game in his career, but that will change come Monday. He is currently listed as the starting DH for the White Sox. Davidson possesses a good amount of power and should help drive in runs this year. Davidson can also play first and third base if needed.

Outfielder Cody Asche has also made the opening day roster. Renteria has said that Asche will also play DH and occasionally back up a corner outfielder.  Asche had a solid spring training and can provide decent speed on the base paths this season.

Additions To The Bullpen

Anthony Swarzak

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The White Sox have purchased Anthony Swarzak’s contract and he will be a member of the bullpen for opening day. Swarzak is currently in the bullpen, however, with Carlos Rodon being sent to the 10 day-DL, Swarzak may fill in Rodon’s spot in the starting rotation. He impressed the White Sox staff this spring with improved control of his secondary pitches and the increased velocity on his fastball.

Prospect Dylan Covey was also added to the bullpen and is also being considered to fill in the starting rotation. Covey’s spring, however was less impressive that Swarzak’s.

Catching Situation

The White Sox also purchased Geovany Soto’s contract and he will play behind Omar Navarez. This will likely be a platoon swap position due to Soto’s veteran status.

The White Sox will open the season at home against the Detroit Tigers, the starting rotation so far is:

  1. Jose Quintana
  2. Miguel Gonzalez
  3. Derek Holland
  4. James Shields
  5. Swarzak/Covey