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Old 12-18-2013, 01:46 PM
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Default Early But getting close! Spring Training stories/battles

So I've been getting my spreadsheet going...

Here's what I've got so far...

Rotation:
STAPLES: Sale-Quintana-Danks
BATTLES: Paulino, Johnson, Rienzo, Castro, Molina maybe even Beck

Bullpen: 4 spots, need 2 lefties
STAPLES: Jones, Lindstrom, Belisario,
BATTLES: Purcey(L), Petricka, Webb, Veal (L)

Catchers: I think this is the most intriguing battle, Nieto seems to have the lead in the #2 catcher due to the $ spent in the Rule 5 draft, he's a switch hitter and pretty good defensive player. Flowers and Phegley will battle for the #1 with most likely Phegley starting in AAA.

STAPLES: NONE
BATTLES: T. Flowers, A. Nieto(S), J. Phegley

First Base:
STAPLES: Abreu, Konerko, Dunn
BATTLES: Bascially to see if Abreu is big league ready to handle the load for 140+starts, If not PK will be seeing more action than he signed up for

Infield:
Starters: SS A. Ramirez 2B G. Beckham
BATTLES: M. Davidson, C. Gillaspie(1B/3B), J. Keppinger(INF), M. Semien(SS/3B), L. Garcia (INF/OF), J. Elmore(UTIL)

Outfield:
Starters: CF Eaton, RF Garcia
LF BATTLES: L. Garcia, A. DeAza, D. Viciedo

It seems we have a log jam for the bench spots, assuming we have 12 pitchers we have 2 spots locked up for back up C and Konerko.
Leaving 2 spots open.......Hahn has mentioned the possibility for 11 man Staff giving us 3 open bench spots and more options for platoons/matchups.

This will be a lot clearer if/when DeAza, Keppinger, Viceido are moved.





Battles are seemingly for the bench spots,
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Old 12-18-2013, 01:56 PM
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Who do we think will show up in the Best Shape of His Life?
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Old 12-18-2013, 01:59 PM
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I think honestly, A. Eaton, he's hard nosed and knows this is a huge shot he has, He is our legit leadoff for till 2019
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Old 12-18-2013, 02:05 PM
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Who do we think will show up in the Best Shape of His Life?
Usually that seems saved for a veteran who surely will magically improve this coming season. So my bet is on De Aza or Flowers.

That said, the calendar reads December 18. This thread seems rather premature.
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Old 12-18-2013, 06:50 PM
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That said, the calendar reads December 18. This thread seems rather premature.
It's a baseball message board. What do you want us to do, shut things down until February?

I'd rather read stuff like this than the constant pissing matches between Munch and the rest of WSI.
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Old 12-18-2013, 07:01 PM
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With regard to pitchers, don't forget Chris Bassitt. He pitched well in the Arizona Fall League (making the Western Division All-Star squad along with Marcus Semien) and while I don't think he breaks camp with the Sox, he will probably get a long look in spring training.

I also think that the Sox might keep Nieto as the backup catcher because of his upside and the Rule 5 requirement of staying on the major league roster. But I am not convinced that Flowers or Phegley will be the starter. Don't be surprised if the Sox make another deal or sign someone like Kurt Suzuki or John Buck.
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It's a baseball message board. What do you want us to do, shut things down until February?

I'd rather read stuff like this than the constant pissing matches between Munch and the rest of WSI.
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Well, Ken Rosenthal thinks that the Twins or Mariners might be good fits for Kurt Suzuki and Susan Slusser reports that the Cubs may have some interest in Suzuki.

http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2013/1...-mariners.html
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We Also have 39 on the 40 Man
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Here's what I've got so far...

Rotation:
STAPLES: Sale-Quintana-Danks
BATTLES: Paulino, Johnson, Rienzo, Castro, Molina maybe even Beck
I don't see Simon Castro factoring into the rotation because he is viewed primarily as a bullpen guy, and not a very good one at that. Molina is coming off of surgery and has yet to establish himself in the White Sox system since the Toronto trade. The Sox claimed Eric Surkamp off of waivers recently and he might be a possible #5 starter. He has plus stuff and has succeeded on the minor league level. He is a prime "Coop Might Fix 'em" project.

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Bullpen: 4 spots, need 2 lefties
STAPLES: Jones, Lindstrom, Belisario,
BATTLES: Purcey(L), Petricka, Webb, Veal (L)
Don't forget about Scott Downs. He has a locked down spot so really, the second lefty job is likely between Purcey and Veal. Purcey had offseason surgery and has to prove he is healthy in Spring Training if he wants a shot to make the club. Neither guy is overwhelming but Veal at least has some stretches of effectiveness under his belt. I like what I saw out of Webb last year. He has pretty good command and seems to keep his poise even when he allows baserunners. This is likely due to his closing experience in AAA. I wouldn't even rule him out as a successor to Addison Reed.

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Catchers: I think this is the most intriguing battle, Nieto seems to have the lead in the #2 catcher due to the $ spent in the Rule 5 draft, he's a switch hitter and pretty good defensive player. Flowers and Phegley will battle for the #1 with most likely Phegley starting in AAA.

STAPLES: NONE
BATTLES: T. Flowers, A. Nieto(S), J. Phegley
As a previous poster pointed out, I feel a trade coming. I just can't see them heading to camp with only these three guys competing for a #1 catcher spot. Maybe the long rumored Jose Loboton trade comes to fruition closer to Spring Training.
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Old 12-31-2013, 01:09 PM
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I'm very interested in the catching battle thats gonna be taking place....Nieto, Flowers and Phegley arent exactly Fisk, Bench and Piazza but should be very competitve
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