The coaches and front office personnel weren’t the only ones impressed by the talent assembled at the White Sox mini-hitters camp last week.
One of the team’s top prospects, Marcus Semien, noticed a considerable bump in the talent level when the White Sox invited a dozen future stars to work out for three days at Camelback Ranch.
Semien is a big part of that group as he’s rated the No. 5 prospect in the organization by Baseball America. Among the other players who participated in the camp were Adam Eaton, Jose Abreu, Matt Davidson and Courtney Hawkins.
“It was the cream of the crop for our organization,” Semien said. “It was the best players we have to offer -- a lot of young talent, a lot of ability on the field. So it was really fun to be on the field with those guys.”
Semien put together a fantastic season in the minor leagues in which he displayed a power/speed combination and a keen eye at bat to accompany a steady glove. The Cal product followed that with a strong showing in the majors after he was promoted in September. While he looked like a potential major leaguer, Semien could start 2014 at Triple-A Charlotte because the White Sox appear to have few available openings on the 25-man roster.
Either way, Semien figures to play a role in the team’s future plans whether it’s at second base or shortstop.
“I hope we can be that,” Semien said. “We all have to do our part as young players. You all have to put your head down and get to work, keep your mouth shut and just let your game speak for itself.”