PHOENIX -- On Thursday, Scott Snodgress and Keenyn Walker joined a list of impressive performances by the White Sox farm system this spring.
Snodgress made one bad pitch in a three-inning start while Walker doubled, scored two runs, stole a base and showed off a strong arm with an outfield assist in a 4-3 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.
Walker, a supplemental first-round pick in 2011, has reached base in five of his first 13 plate appearances.
The White Sox have also received good play from outfielder Jared Mitchell, catcher Josh Phegley and pitcher Simon Castro, among others in the team’s first six games.
“(Walker has) looked great,” manager Robin Ventura said. “From last year to this year it's a good improvement that you see guys get better and just mature and you know, kind of grow in the system.”
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Snodgress, a fifth-round choice out of Stanford in 2011, isn’t down about his performance after he limited the Brewers to two runs, two hits and a walk in three innings. Had he not hung a curveball to Khris Davis, Snodgress’ first start would have been nearly perfect.
“I felt great about it. I hung that curveball and made a mistake there, but I’m going to learn from and hopefully not make that same mistake again. But other than that, I felt things were very good and an improvement from my last outing.”
Jones’ excused absence
Reliever Nate Jones didn’t make a scheduled appearance Thursday. The reason for his absence is more than justified. Jones’ wife, Lacey, gave birth to the couple’s first child, a team official said. No other details were available. Jones previously said the couple was expecting a girl on March 2.
Keppinger in field soon
Jeff Keppinger is close to a start at third base. The White Sox free agent-signee went 0-for-3 on Thursday and is 3-for-10 this spring as the team’s designated hitter. Ventura said Keppinger, whose throwing program was delayed because of broken left, is expected to start at third on Saturday when the Sox host the Cincinnati Reds.
-- Outfielder Alejandro De Aza singled twice, including one with a bunt, in three at-bats. De Aza was also thrown out stealing.
-- Dylan Axelrod pitched two scoreless innings and struck out two. Axelrod has allowed two hits and struck out six in five innings.
-- Reliever Matt Lindstrom pitched a scoreless inning with a strikeout. Closer Addison Reed allowed a two-run homer in his inning.