The White Sox have started to make their last few cuts of the spring today. The Sox optioned Matt Davidson, Carlos Sanchez, Leury Garcia, and Tommy Kahnle to Charlotte. Also, Jason Coats was reassigned to the minor league camp, although Charlotte is probably his destination as well. Most of these guys had at least adequate springs, but, unfortunately for these guys, the White Sox seem to have depth now.
Davidson did the most to earn a job with the Sox this spring. With some tweaks in his batting stance this spring, he hit an impressive .413/.438/.783 with five home runs this spring. You could complain about the one walk and nine strikeouts, but an 18.75% K% is a significant improvement over his 30.4% K% in 2014 and 31.7% K% in 2015. He did make a nice push for the DH/corner infield job. but for now it seems to have gone to Travis Isikawa.
Carlos Sanchez also had a nice spring, hitting .333/.368/.593 this spring. Unfortunately for him, Brett Lawrie was bumped to second base after the Sox acquired Todd Frazier, making Sanchez a candidate for a utility job. Also, the Sox seem to prefer Tyler Saladino at shortstop over everyone not named Jimmy Rollins. That means for now, Sanchez is on his way back to Charlotte.
Jason Coats has been a favorite of the minor league updates for a while, but with the first real taste of major league camp, he did alright. After a slow start, he hit .244/.262/.537 this spring. He obviously needs to work on improving the walk totals, but only one full season above A-ball, this is a good start.
Leury Garcia didn't hit at all this spring, but he played pretty much everywhere. Expect more of that in Charlotte and during any short visits he might have to Chicago.
Finally, the Sox traded for Tommy Kahnle this offseason knowing he was a gamble. This spring, he walked six and struck out 11 in nine innings of mostly late game work. Again, all reliever work in the spring screams small sample size, but the control didn't seem to show up so he's got some homework to do in Charlotte like the rest of these guys.
Like most cuts in this time of the spring, you can probably expect to see almost all of these guys in Chicago sometime this season. With these moves, the Sox are down to 31 players in camp.
A few extra notes have come through from Scott Merkin that will influence some of the remaining moves this spring.
Ventura said White Sox going with 12 pitchers— Scott Merkin (@scottmerkin) March 29, 2016
Shuck on the roster which is no surprise— Scott Merkin (@scottmerkin) March 29, 2016