NEW YORK --- Jesse Crains tight shoulder afforded Nate Jones another big opportunity on Friday night and the rookie shined.
Jones earned a hold in Fridays 14-7 victory as he entered a three-run game in the bottom of the eighth inning and struck out two in a scoreless frame. It was the fifth hold for Jones --- 3-0 with a 2.97 ERA in 30 games --- earned this season and the second time he pitched with the lead in the eighth inning of a game still in doubt.
When I first came up I never imagined that, Jones said. But the job is still the same. You still have to go out there, throw strikes, get ahead and get guys out and try to do your best putting up zeroes. (This is) all new to me. Whatever they have me do, Im more than happy to do it. It just has evolved into this and Im thankful.
The right-hander said he and the other rookies in the bullpen have benefited from the trust shown to them by White Sox manager Robin Ventura and pitching coach Don Cooper.
Both Coop and Robin show a lot of confidence in us, Jones said. It does nothing but make you have confidence in yourself.
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.