- With the call-up of Jhan Marinez, nearly every single reliever on the preseason depth chart already has been brought to Chicago. So now seems an appropriate time to go over the next layer of depth. I'll start with the lefties, where the White Sox still maintain some decent depth in the minors.
- The one guy who hasn't been to Chicago this season is Donnie Veal. He was probably 5th on the left-handed reliever depth chart and he may still maintain that position (advanced one peg due to Will Ohman's departure) but only just. He's been decent for Charlotte: 39.1 IP, 35 H, 20 BB, 49 K. With a .357 BABIP, the 27 year old can complain of some bad luck - although that is balanced by the good luck of not yet giving up a home run. His somewhat inflated walk rate shows that he hasn't taken to the strike-throwing ways of his compatriots who have gotten promoted.
- So now we'll get into the guys who have moved into the picture due to attrition. Charlie Leesman may be challenging Veal's position, though he's remained in a starting role for the Knights. He's been effective: 89.2 IP, 90 H, 35 BB, 69 K. Unlike Veal, the 2008 11th round pick appears to be a convert to throwing strikes. Last season for Birmingham, Leesman had 83 walks in 152 innings and, for good measure, added 16 wild pitches and 13 hit batsmen - something which wasn't unusual in his career. While moving up a level, he's made a significant dent in his walk rate and made colossal dents in the other categories. So far, the 25 year old has only 3 wild pitches and 2 hit batsmen. Given that he still has a chance to be a starter, he's a good bet to be at least a September call-up.