White Sox: Breaking down the Opening Day roster

White Sox: Breaking down the Opening Day roster
March 29, 2014, 3:00 pm
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Here's how the White Sox roster will look when they open the 2014 season at U.S. Cellular Field Monday:

Catchers

No. 21 Tyler Flowers

Bats: R  |  Throws: R
Ht: 6-4  |  Wt: 245
Age: 28  |  Service Time: 2.148

Needs to make most of second chance, especially on defensive side. Pitchers love to throw to him. Has 20-homer potential.

No. 32 Adrian Nieto

Bats: S  |  Throws: R
Ht: 6-0  |  Wt: 200
Age: 24  |  Service Time: 0.000

Rule 5 pick was one of surprises of camp as he didn’t look lost despite making big leap. Bat is better than team expected.

Infielders

No. 14 Paul Konerko

Bats: R  |  Throws: R
Ht: 6-2  |  Wt: 220
Age: 38  |  Service Time: 15.141

Captain has entirely new role with an emphasis on mentoring; is expected to play on part-time basis in final season.

[MORE: White Sox considering starting Konerko on Opening Day]

No. 44 Adam Dunn

Bats: L  |  Throws: R
Ht: 6-6  |  Wt: 285
Age: 34  |  Service Time: 12.074

Will see fewer at-bats with Jose Abreu’s addition but still is team’s best left-handed power hitter. Led Sox in HRs, RBIs in 2013.

No. 10 Alexei Ramirez

Bats: R  |  Throws: R
Ht: 6-2  |  Wt: 180
Age: 32  |  Service Time: 6.00

Must be better defensively for team to succeed. Power has disappeared but adjusted and stole career high 30 bases in 2013.

No. 12 Conor Gillaspie

Bats: L  |  Throws: R
Ht: 6-1  |  Wt: 195
Age: 26  |  Service Time: 1.069

White Sox love his short, compact stroke at plate. Has ability to hit 15-20 homers and is nice complementary piece in lineup.

No. 79 Jose Abreu

Bats: R  |  Throws: R
Ht: 6-3  |  Wt: 255
Age: 27  |  Service Time: 0.00

He’s expected to be centerpiece of lineup for next six years; has great approach, pure strength, disciplined approach.

[ALSO: Kenny Williams -- New role helped White Sox sign Jose Abreu]

No. 5 Marcus Semien

Bats: R  |  Throws: R
Ht: 6-1  |  Wt: 195
Age: 23  |  Service Time: 0.027

Great athlete who can play multiple infield spots, glove is solid. Discerning eye with decent power and good speed.

No. 28 Leury Garcia

Bats: S  |  Throws: R
Ht: 5-8  |  Wt: 170
Age: 23  |  Service Time: 0.077

Arm strength, range and foot speed are ridiculously good. If hit tool ever develops he could be an All-Star.

Outfielders

No. 30 Alejandro De Aza

Bats: L  |  Throws: L
Ht: 6-0  |  Wt: 195
Age: 29  |  Service Time: 4.139

Streak hitter who is capable of good things at plate. Made too many base running mistakes in 2013. Will platoon with Dayan Viciedo.

[MORE: White Sox unveil new food items for Opening Day]

No. 24 Dayan Viciedo

Bats: R  |  Throws: R
Ht: 5-11  |  Wt: 240
Age: 25  |  Service Time: 2.123

Massive power threat needs to show improved discipline at plate. Not a good defender but has an outstanding arm.

No. 26 Avisail Garcia

Bats: R  |  Throws: R
Ht: 6-4  |  Wt: 240
Age: 22  |  Service Time: 0.167

A true five-tool talent, Sox think they have a gem in the former Detroit Tiger. Could be future 20/20 player at minimum.

No. 1 Adam Eaton

Bats: L  |  Throws: L
Ht: 5-8  |  Wt: 185
Age: 25  |  Service Time: 1.030

An energetic on-base machine, Sox hope he’s their long-term leadoff hitter. Solid defender in CF with good base-running skills.

Starting Pitchers

No. 49 Chris Sale

Bats: L  |  Throws: L
Ht: 6-6  |  Wt: 180
Age: 25  |  Service Time: 3.061

Has a rare combo for his age of, at times, dominating stuff along with pitchability. Showed his durability in second year starting.

No. 62 Jose Quintana

Bats: L  |  Throws: L
Ht: 6-1  |  Wt: 220
Age: 25  |  Service Time: 1.133

Once a project, has transformed into one of their guys in a little under two years. Smart pitcher who is only getting better.

No. 50 John Danks

Bats: L  |  Throws: L
Ht: 6-1  |  Wt: 210
Age: 28  |  Service Time: 7.00

Stronger than in 2013 when he came off shoulder surgery, he’s optimistic about his chances with improved life on cutter.

No. 55 Felipe Paulino

Bats: R  |  Throws: R
Ht: 6-3  |  Wt: 270
Age: 30  |  Service Time: 5.163

Hard-thrower has good stuff and nice mix of pitches. Key will be refining command as he comes back from two surgeries.

No. 45 Erik Johnson

Bats: R  |  Throws: R
Ht: 6-3  |  Wt: 230
Age: 24  |  Service Time: 0.027

Rookie has a deceptive delivery and is coming off a great 2013 season. Is vulnerable when he falls behind in count, puts runners on.

Relief Pitchers

No. 27 Matt Lindstrom

Bats: R  |  Throws: R
Ht: 6-3  |  Wt: 215
Age: 34  |  Service Time: 7.000

Ground-ball specialist became one of Robin Ventura’s go-to guys and could be leaned upon even more with key vets gone.

[MORE: White Sox remain vague about new closer]

No. 65 Nate Jones

Bats: R  |  Throws: R
Ht: 6-5  |  Wt: 220
Age: 28  |  Service Time: 2.000

Consistency with throwing strikes hurt him first two months. But he rebounded and is a top contender to be the team’s new closer.

No. 46 Donnie Veal

Bats: L  |  Throws: L
Ht: 6-4  |  Wt: 235
Age: 29  |  Service Time: 2.000

Prince Fielder can attest: the lefty specialist is outstanding when he commands his curveball. Needs to be more consistent.

No. 39 Maikel Cleto

Bats: R  |  Throws: R
Ht: 6-3  |  Wt: 250
Age: 24  |  Service Time: 0.069

May have discovered how to tame his outstanding arsenal this spring. Improved command would make him a weapon for years.

[RELATED: Confidence, adjustments making difference for Cleto]

No. 37 Scott Downs

Bats: L  |  Throws: L
Ht: 6-2  |  Wt: 220
Age: 38  |  Service Time: 11.121

The veteran will act as a lefty specialist while giving the relief corps an experienced voice to rely on.

No. 40 Daniel Webb

Bats: R  |  Throws: R
Ht: 6-3  |  Wt: 215
Age: 24  |  Service Time: 0.027

Part of his appeal is his closer-like mentality and a slider that can put hitters away. Could evolve into a closer in near future.

No. 51 Ronald Belisario

Bats: R  |  Throws: R
Ht: 6-3  |  Wt: 240
Age: 31  |  Service Time: 3.151

Yet another hard thrower for Ventura to turn to. He had issues in the past but Sox love the talent he possesses.

Disabled List

No. 15 Gordon Beckham

Bats: R  |  Throws: R
Ht: 6-0  |  Wt: 185
Age: 27  |  Service Time: 4.123

Needs to take the next step after becoming more consistent at plate the past few seasons. One of team’s best all-around defenders.

[RELATED: Garcia, Semien make White Sox roster as Beckham heads for DL]

No. 7 Jeff Keppinger

Bats: R  |  Throws: R
Ht: 6-0  |  Wt: 185
Age: 33  |  Service Time: 7.052

Veteran infielder’s surgically repaired shoulder hasn’t recovered, which means he’ll start 2014 season on the disabled list.