White Sox expected to add to 40-man roster


White Sox expected to add to 40-man roster

The White Sox are expected to add four players to their 40-man roster on Tuesday in order to protect them in next months Rule 5 draft.

Pitchers Andre Rienzo and Santos Rodriguez, outfielder Jared Mitchell and catcher Josh Phegley -- all of whom ended the 2012 season at Triple-A Charlotte -- should be added to the White Sox 40-man roster, which currently has six spots available.

Rienzo, a right-hander who earlier this season was suspended 50 games for use of performance enhancing drugs, struck out 113 batters in 103 13 innings.

He and Rodriguez both pitched in the Arizona Fall League this offseason. Rodriguez, a left-hander struck out 69 batters in 71 13 innings this season, was named to the AFL rising stars team earlier this month.

The 23rd overall pick of the 2009 draft, Mitchell hit .237 with 11 homers and 67 RBIs in 130 games between Double-A Birmingham and Charlotte.

Phegley, whom the team selected 38th overall in the 2009 draft, only hit .266 with 48 RBIs at Charlotte last season but threw out 30 of 65 stolen base attempts.

Players who were 19 or older when they were signed and have been in the minors for four years and players who were 18 or under with at least five years in the minors must be added to the 40-man roster or they become eligible for the Rule 5 draft.

Held on the final day of the winter meetings, the Rule 5 draft allows teams to pluck unprotected minor-leaguers out of other organizations systems for the bargain cost of 50,000.

Players selected in the draft are immediately added to the drafting teams 40-man roster and then must remain on the 25-man major-league roster all season long. Draftees can be waived by their drafting club and if they clear waivers must be offered back to their original club for 25,000.

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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