White Sox farm system lacking depth

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White Sox farm system lacking depth

Larry at South Side Sox rolled out his top 10 White Sox prospects list, and it's about what we all expected: thin.

Addison Reed and Nestor Molina stand as the two players with the best chance to impact the major league roster, with Reed slotting in to the 2012 bullpen and Molina hopefully joining the rotation in 2013.

There are a few interesting names past those top two guys. Tyler Saladino is one, Hector Santiago is the other. Saladino still has a long way to go and won't be a star in the majors -- if he makes it -- but if he turns out to be average, that'll provide nice value to a future Sox squad. And Santiago, who saw action in a pair of major-league games last summer, could be a useful back-end starter or long reliever.

Jake Petricka is another name to follow in 2012. He's slated by the organization to be a starter, but if he can't develop a third pitch, he'll probably move to the bullpen.

Other than that, the list doesn't feature the names of too many players who project as future regulars. Perhaps a trade of Carlos Quentin would add some depth to the system, and if some team caves on the Sox demands for John DanksGavin Floyd that'd be a big help as well.

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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