There wasn’t much up for debate when it came to the Opening Day roster when camp opened last month, and there’s even less today with about two weeks remaining. So, I’m going to slap together my 26-man roster prediction this afternoon, probably the easiest one I’ve made in years, which is a refreshing change of pace as a White Sox fan.
DH: Andrew Vaughn
I went with Lucroy as the primary backup catcher behind Grandal because it seems as though the White Sox are favoring him working with the young pitching staff over Collins, which is unfortunate for Collins because he’s probably never going to be the guy here in Chicago. However, I do have Collins breaking camp with the club just because Yasmani Grandal’s knee issue from earlier in camp makes me believe that the club will choose to carry that third catcher in the opening days/weeks of the schedule.
Outside of the backstop situation, the designated hitter spot was the only thing up for grabs when it comes to the position player group on the White Sox, and I have Andrew Vaughn breaking camp with the team as the everyday DH. He’s earned it, and he looks like a professional hitter that can contribute right now. There’s the service time thing to consider, but if the White Sox fancy themselves contenders then they’d be wise to worry about that later.
If it’s not Vaughn, then it’ll be a combo of the three catchers on the roster until they complete the annual tradition of screwing a young player out of a year of free agency, at which point it’ll be Vaughn for the rest of the season.
The front end of the rotation was all but decided when camp opened with Giolito, Keuchel, and Lynn in that order opening things up for the White Sox against the Los Angeles Angels, and quite frankly Dylan Cease was always going to be the fourth starter in that group despite being skipped in a potential playoff start last season in favor of Dane Dunning and the bullpen.
Really the only question to be answered was who was going to round out the rotation, at least to start the season. While Reynaldo Lopez hasn’t been horrible this spring, he hasn’t been as good as Carlos Rodon, and therefore I believe it’ll be Rodon taking that spot to open things up. I have Lopez starting in the bullpen as a long-man or a spot starter when needed.
The rest of the bullpen can be described in one word — filthy.
The White Sox bullpen is going to be a Monstars-like beast this season. Pray for the league, indeed.
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