With today as the last day to protect players from the upcoming Rule 5 draft, the White Sox have added right handed pitchers Brandon Brennan and J.B. Wendelken to the 40-man roster.
Brennan, 24, was drafted in 2012 in the fourth round. It's been a rocky four years though. After a rough start to the 2013 season, Brennan went on the DL and underwent Tommy John surgery. He returned in 2014, and rose quickly from Great Falls to Winston-Salem. After things seemed to be going well, he started off 2015 with a neck injury and started 12 games for the Dash again. He finished with a 3.55 ERA, 3.60 FIP, and 6.02 K/9 in 2015.
Wendelken, 22, was acquired from the Red Sox in the Jake Peavy trade. Last season, he split time between Birmingham and Charlotte in the bullpen after starting for Winston-Salem in 2014. He pitched in 59 innings in 39 games with 69 strikeouts between the two teams while walking only 16. He put up a nice 2.72 ERA and 2.68 FIP for Birmingham with 11.72 K/9, but struggled a bit in his first trip to Charlotte where he put 4.50 ERA and 4.09 FIP with 7.31 K/9.
After these additions, the White Sox 40-man roster is at 36. Next big date for the offseason is December 2 when the Sox must tender contracts to all the pre-arbitration and arbitration eligible players.