A look at White Sox 25-man roster

A look at White Sox 25-man roster
March 30, 2013, 12:30 pm
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Here's a look at the White Sox 25-man roster this season.
 
CATCHERS
 
No. 21 Tyler Flowers
Bats: R  |  Throws: R
Ht: 6-4  |  Wt: 245
Age: 27  |  Service Time: 1.148
Finally has chance to start as he takes over for departed fan-favorite A.J. Pierzynski; solid defender has a good arm and good power at plate.
 
No. 38 Hector Gimenez
Bats: S  |  Throws: R
Ht: 5-10  |  Wt: 230
Age: 30  |  Service Time: 1.123
Will handle the backup duties even though he’s caught 11 MLB games; personable backstop to whom pitcher like to throw.
 
INFIELDERS
 
No. 14 Paul Konerko
Bats: R  |  Throws: R
Ht: 6-2  |  Wt: 220
Age: 37  |  Service Time: 14.141
First baseman looks to rebound from a disjointed season hurt by several freak injuries -- though he still hit .298 with 26 homers.
 
No. 32 Adam Dunn
Bats: L  |  Throws: R
Ht: 6-6  |  Wt: 285
Age: 33  |  Service Time: 11.074
Comeback player of year hit 41 home runs last season and looks to improve upon those numbers while he spends more time at first base.
 
No. 15 Gordon Beckham
Bats: R  |  Throws: R
Ht: 6-0  |  Wt: 190
Age: 26  |  Service Time: 3.123
No questioning his defense at second base but he needs to maintain consistency with the bat; had one of team’s best offensive finishes in ’12.
 
No. 10 Alexei Ramirez
Bats: R  |  Throws: R
Ht: 6-0  |  Wt: 190
Age: 26  |  Service Time: 3.123
Even though he drove in 73 runs, smooth shortstop was disappointed with his offense in ’12 when he finished with a .287 on-base percentage.

No. 7 Jeff Keppinger
Bats: R  |  Throws: R
Ht: 6-0  |  Wt: 185
Age: 32  |  Service Time: 6.052
Offseason’s big acquisition is good contact hitter (173 career strikeouts in 2,459 at-bats) and solid glove around infield, including third base.

No. 12 Conor Gillaspie
Bats: L  |  Throws: R
Ht: 6-1  |  Wt: 205
Age: 25  |  Service Time: 0.069
Not a big power hitter but was acquired Feb. 22 to offer another lefty bat; solid contact hitter who will backup at third base and first.
 
No. 5 Angel Sanchez
Bats: R  |  Throws: R
Ht: 6-1  |  Wt: 205
Age: 29  |  Service Time: 2.144
Rule 5 pick has very versatile glove; can capably man shortstop and second base and even play third. Played 110 games for Astros in ’11.
 
OUTFIELDERS
 
No. 51 Alex Rios
Bats: R  |  Throws: R
Ht: 6-5  |  Wt: 210
Age: 32  |  Service Time: 8.130
Had a career year after moved to right field; will bat third. Easily team’s best all-around player; can run, hit for power and average and defend.
 
No. 30 Alejandro De Aza
Bats: L  |  Throws: L
Ht: 6-0  |  Wt: 190
Age: 28  |  Service Time: 3.139
Made most of first full season as leadoff hitter as he reached base (.349 OBP). Good defender in center. Was banged up at times.
 
No. 24 Dayan Viciedo
Bats: R  |  Throws: R
Ht: 5-11  |  Wt: 230
Age: 24  |  Service Time: 1.123
Not a great defender in left field but has tremendous power; teammates believe has superstar potential; can improve with patience at plate.


No. 28 Dewayne Wise
Bats: L  |  Throws: L
Ht: 6-0  |  Wt: 200
Age: 35  |  Service Time: 6.065
Speedy veteran patrols center field but has the versatility to play any outfield spot. Produced at plate after he joined team down late in 2012.
 
STARTING PITCHER
 
No. 49 Chris Sale
Bats: L  |  Throws: L
Ht: 6-6  |  Wt: 180
Age: 24  |  Service Time: 2.061
With a nasty slider and good fastball, was one of the game’s more dominant pitchers until he tired down the stretch; can be ace for a long time.
 
No. 44 Jake Peavy
Bats: R  |  Throws: R
Ht: 6-1  |  Wt: 195
Age: 31  |  Service Time: 10.101
Returned to All-Star form in ‘12 and was Sox workhorse with 219 innings; has experienced increase in fastball and slider velocity this spring.
 
No. 62 Jose Quintana
Bats: L  |  Throws: L
Ht: 6-1  |  Wt: 215
Age: 24  |  Service Time: 0.133
One of biggest surprises of 2012, has worked to improve his command away to right-handers. Could see an increase in strikeouts.
 
No. 34 Gavin Floyd
Bats: R  |  Throws: R
Ht: 6-6  |  Wt: 235
Age: 30  |  Service Time: 6.045
Above-.500 pitcher has ability to be dominant but has never broken through; adjusted delivery could lead to improved K:BB ratio.
 
No. 33 Dylan Axelrod
Bats: R  |  Throws: R
Ht: 6-0  |  Wt: 185
Age: 27  |  Service Time: 0.099
John Danks’ replacement’s best performances on big stage in 2012 with big games at Yankee Stadium, Fenway Park and Camden Yards.
 
RELIEF PITCHER


No. 43 Addison Reed
Bats: R  |  Throws: R
Ht: 6-4  |  Wt: 220
Age: 24  |  Service Time: 1.027
Established a club rookie-record with 29 saves in 33 tries last season; will improve if he learns how to locate slider and changeup.
 
No. 37 Matt Thornton
Bats: L  |  Throws: L
Ht: 6-6  |  Wt: 235
Age: 36  |  Service Time: 8.129
Tied career-high with team-high 74 appearances last season; would benefit from shared workload in 2012. Lost 20 pounds in offseason.
 
No. 26 Jesse Crain
Bats: R  |  Throws: R
Ht: 6-1  |  Wt: 215
Age: 31  |  Service Time: 8.039
When healthy has been one of Sox most effective relievers with 130 strikeouts in 113 1/3 innings over last two seasons. Stranded 19 of 24 inherited runners in ’12.
 
No. 27 Matt Lindstrom
Bats: R  |  Throws: R
Ht: 6-3  |  Wt: 220
Age: 33  |  Service Time: 6.000
Free-agent acquisition adds another dependable arm in late innings; has shown he can pitch the ninth with 45 career saves.
 
No. 65 Nate Jones
Bats: R  |  Throws: R
Ht: 6-5  |  Wt: 210
Age: 27  |  Service Time: 1.000
Confidence in offspeed pitches combined with a fastball that hits 100 mph helped him breakout in ’12 and to become a trusted option.
 
No. 46 Donnie Veal
Bats: L  |  Throws: L
Ht: 6-4  |  Wt: 235
Age: 28  |  Service Time: 1.156
The Crusher handled Prince Fielder and left-handed hitters, who went 3-for-32 with 14 strikeouts against him. Righties weren’t much better (.154).
 
No. 53 Hector Santiago
Bats: R  |  Throws: L
Ht: 6-0  |  Wt: 210
Age: 25  |  Service Time: 1.024
Showed all kinds of versatility and stuff as he handled a variety of roles; is the team’s long man/spot starter. Could start in future.