GLENDALE, AZ – The Chicago White Sox will hold their first full squad workouts this morning at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Arizona. Tyler Saladino and Avisail Garcia added to the list of players to report early this week, as excitement around this years spring camp mounts internally.
Tyler Saladino who arrived on Thursday has expressed his willingness to be the go-to guy for the new guys in the clubhouse this spring, having this to say about the importance of making everyone feel comfortable, “It’s important to help them feel at home, get them used to the different environment, make the most of these early days, getting to know everybody and hanging out before everything speeds up”.
Saladino will look to build on his breakout performance in 2016, and potentially challenge Brett Lawrie for the everyday second base job this spring.
Rodon Started Throwing on Friday, Still Limited Though
Carlos Rodon threw for the first time this week on Friday morning, and was seen participating in pitcher fielding practice later in the afternoon, without throwing to the bases though. Rodon, who had about 3o tosses while playing catch, says that he is still about a week away from throwing a bullpen.
Again, Rodon is completely healthy at this point according to everyone on the White Sox staff, and Rodon himself, the limited throwing is an effort to keep Rodon fresh all the way through the end of camp.
Todd Frazier Excited for 2017, Despite Trade Rumors
White Sox veteran third-baseman Todd Frazier is dealing with the recurring trade rumors just fine this spring, and hopeful that he remains a part of the White Sox future plans, plans that he would prefer to call a “refueling” as opposed to a rebuild. Frazier has made it clear in the last couple of months that he still wants to remain with the White Sox, even with the change in direction, and wants to help be a part of the future success.
Frazier did admit that he was initially shocked by the trade of Chris Sale this winter, and even admitted that he would love to have him with the White Sox still, but noted, “this is business is crazy, you never know what everyone is thinking. Sometimes you want to be a fly on the wall in those meetings.”
Frazier also reiterated on Friday that his injured left pointer finger that fans saw donning a brace during SoxFest, is in fully healed and not a concern for the coming season.
Kopech Holds Basabe in the Highest Regard
While speaking with the media, newly acquired starting pitcher Michael Kopech had some pretty high praise for fellow former Red Sox teammate, Luis Alexander Basabe, calling Basabe “the best outfielder that I have ever seen“.
High praise from Kopech, and some scouts would second that opinion, with many of the belief that Basabe will be an impact player for the White Sox in the next two or three years.
Don’t Tell Tim Anderson to Mail it in
Don’t tell White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson that 2017 is a lost cause, because he isn’t a fan of the opinion. The second-year shortstop had this to say about the perception of the White Sox 2017 season from within the organization;
“A lot of people are trying to throw the season away, but don’t count us out yet. You put a lot of young guys on the field, you never know what can happen. We got a chance to do something special here. We want to bring excitement back to the South Side.”
Big words from a confident, young Tim Anderson who might just be on to something, I have been saying for the last couple of weeks that the White Sox may surprise us in 2017 with a roster full of some hungry young players looking to earn their place in the future plans of the ball club, playing free of any major expectations.
Anderson could be primed for a breakout sophomore season, and appears to be radiating confidence in himself as well as his teammates during the first week of camp, and while it is still far too early to get an idea of what the club will look like heading into Opening Day in April, the mindset of youngsters like Anderson and Tyler Saladino are certainly refreshing.
Stay with us here at The Loop Sports all spring as we will be providing frequent updates of the happenings around Camelback Ranch, Cactus League game recaps and analysis, and deep-dive analysis into the story-lines to watch for this spring!