Few teams had more interesting names at big league camp than the White Sox, who saw their No. 1 (Ryan Sweeney), No. 2 (Josh Fields), No. 3 (Gio Gonzalez), No. 4 (Lance Broadway) and No. 6 (Charlie Haeger) get significant playing time, while recent trade acquisition John Danks also got a chance to shine.
Who’s Hot: John Danks, picked up in a trade when the Rangers decided they preferred a more major league ready prospect in pitcher Brandon McCarthy, has sped up his own timetable by earning the White Sox No. 5 starter job. Danks promptly celebrated the announcement that he’d made the big league club by getting rocked to the tune of six runs and six walks in 4 2/3 innings. If you take out that outing he’s been relatively impressive, going 2-0, 4.32 before Wednesday’s struggles.
Third baseman Josh Fields hit .333/.444/.633 with two home runs in 30 at-bats and was dubbed the most improved prospect in camp this spring, but it wasn’t enough to get him a spot on the big league roster–he’s headed back to Triple-A.
Boone Logan was the surprise of Arizona last spring earning a spot on the White Sox Opening Day roster despite a resume that included only five innings of full season ball. A year later, he’s making the case for a roster spot again with 11 scoreless innings of relief.
Who’s Not: Ryan Sweeney wasn’t terrible, but his .241/.313/.414 line didn’t make it difficult for the White Sox to send him back to Triple-A Charlotte for more seasoning. Knuckleballer Charlie Haeger was beaten up for 19 hits and 12 earned runs in 12 1/3 innings. Nick Masset, the other acquisition in the Danks-McCarthy trade, has likely earned a spot in the White Sox bullpen, but a 6.10 ERA and 11 hits and five walks in 10 1/3 innings hasn’t wowed anybody.