How have the Sox fared against Greinke?


How have the Sox fared against Greinke?

Zack Greinke spent parts of seven seasons with Kansas City, so he's plenty familiar with the White Sox heading into his start Friday night at U.S. Cellular Field. In 140 13 innings against the Sox in his career, Greinke has a 4.23 ERA with 127 strikeouts, 26 walks and 18 home runs allowed. Sox hitters own a .759 OPS against the 2009 AL Cy Young winner.

Eight members of the White Sox have faced Greinke in their career, with longtime Sox captain Paul Konerko facing him the most and A.J. Pierzynski having the most success. Here's the stats for everyone with double-digit plate appearances:

Paul Konerko: 66 PA, 9 H, .153.242.327 (.480 OPS), 1 HR, 6 RBIs, 6 BB, 17 K
AJ Pierzynski: 47 PA, 19 H, .413.426.603 (1.034 OPS), 2 HR, 5 RBI, 0 BB, 7 K
Alex Rios: 30 PA, 10 H, .333.333.633 (.937 OPS), 1 HR, 6 RBI, 0 BB, 6 K
Alexei Ramirez: 24 PA, 3 H, .130.125.304 (.429 OPS), 1 HR, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 5 K
Orlando Hudson: 15 PA, 1 H, .077.200.077 (.277 OPS), 0 HR, 2 BB, 3 K
Gordon Beckham: 12 PA, 3 H, .273.333.636 (.970 OPS), 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 5 K

Four top prospects among 19 players invited to White Sox big league camp

Four top prospects among 19 players invited to White Sox big league camp

Four of the team's top-10 prospects and a former All-Star are among the 19 nonroster invitees to White Sox big league camp this spring.

The team announced Monday that prospects Michael Kopech, Zack Collins, Zack Burdi and Spencer Adams have all been invited to camp next month. Everth Cabrera, an All-Star in 2013 for the San Diego Padres, Cody Asche, Cory Luebke and Geovany Soto are among the eight minor league free agents who also received an invitation. Pitchers and catchers report to camp in Glendale, Ariz. on Feb. 14 while the team holds its first full-squad workout on Feb. 18.

Kopech was acquired in the Chris Sale trade in December while Collins and Burdi were both selected in the 2016 amateur draft. Adams was drafted in 2014.

Signed earlier this month, Soto is expected to earn a spot on the 25-man roster. Soto, who played for the White Sox in 2015, finished last season with four home runs and an .809 OPS in 86 plate appearances for the Los Angeles Angels.

Cabrera, who produced 4.6 Wins Above Replacement between 2012-13, hasn't played in the majors since he appeared in 29 games for the Baltimore Orioles in 2015. Luebke, who has twice had reconstructive elbow surgery, finished with a 9.35 ERA in nine games for the Pittsburgh Pirates last season. Asche blasted 31 homers with a .240/.298/.385 slash line in 1,287 plate appearances since 2013 with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Other minor league free agents include: left-handed pitcher David Holmberg, right-handers Blake Smith and Anthony Swarzak, and catcher Roberto Pena.

White Sox minor leaguer pitchers Aaron Bummer, Brian Clark, Jace Fry and Matt Purke, infielders Nicky Delmonico and Danny Hayes, and outfielder Courtney Hawkins also have been invited to camp.

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