Diving into the depths: Chicago White Sox

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This is part of a 30-article series looking at each team’s depth chart headed into spring training.
Chicago White Sox
Rotation
1. Mark Buehrle
2. Jake Peavy
3. Gavin Floyd
4. John Danks
5. Freddy Garcia
6. Dan Hudson
7. Brandon Hynick
8. Carlos Torres
9. Lucas Harrell
10. Jeff Marquez
The rotation is set, assuming good health. Hudson seems like a better bet than Garcia to me, but it makes plenty of sense to hold him in reserve initially. After him, there isn’t very much depth in the organization. Hynick has pretty good command, but I think he’d struggle mightily with the home run ball if thrown into U.S. Cellular.
Bullpen
1. Bobby Jenks
2. Matt Thornton
3. J.J. Putz
4. Tony Pena
5. Scott Linebrink
6. Randy Williams
7. Carlos Torres
8. Freddy Dolsi
9. Sergio Santos
10. Brian Omogrosso
11. Daniel Cabrera
12. Dan Hudson
13. Jhonny Nunez
14. Jeff Marquez
15. Derek Rodriguez
16. Greg Aquino
17. Santo Luis
18. Clevelan Santeliz
The bullpen, on the other hand, has two open spots, though Williams would seem to be the clear favorite for one after being kept on the 40-man roster all winter. The White Sox would also be very open to dumping Linebrink’s contract if given the chance, but it’s doubtful that they’ll have the opportunity.
Santos, a converted shortstop, isn’t nearly ready to help, but he is out of options and the White Sox may keep him as their 12th pitcher if he impresses at all this spring.


Catcher
1. A.J. Pierzynski
2. Ramon Castro
3. Tyler Flowers
4. Cole Armstrong
5. Donny Lucy
First base
1. Paul Konerko
2. Mark Kotsay
3. Mark Teahen
Second base
1. Gordon Beckham
2. Jayson Nix
3. Omar Vizquel
4. Brent Lillibridge
Third base
1. Mark Teahen
2. Omar Vizquel
3. Jayson Nix
4. Dayan Viciedo
Shortstop
1. Alexei Ramirez
2. Omar Vizquel
3. Jayson Nix
I think Beckham does belong at second base, but the White Sox are going to have a weak defensive infield with this group. Ramirez is still iffy to last at shortstop, and Teahen is below average at third. Beckham, who was drafted as a shortstop, might be the best defender here if he can adapt quickly.
Left field
1. Carlos Quentin
2. Andruw Jones
3. Jordan Danks
4. Mark Kotsay
5. Stefan Gartrell
6. Josh Kroeger
Center field
1. Juan Pierre
2. Alex Rios
3. Mark Kotsay
4. Jordan Danks
5. Alejandro De Aza
Right field
1. Alex Rios
2. Andruw Jones
3. Mark Kotsay
4. Alejandro De Aza
5. Stefan Gartrell
6. Josh Kroeger
Designated hitter
1. Andruw Jones
2. Paul Konerko
3. Carlos Quentin
4. Mark Kotsay
5. Jason Botts
6. Tyler Flowers
Barring an addition, it looks like Jones could be the primary DH early on. Maybe Flowers will be a factor there at midseason, but he’ll probably start off as the catcher for Triple-A Charlotte. The bench spots will go to Kotsay, Vizquel, Castro and probably either Nix or De Aza.

Mike Moustakas sets Royals single-season record with 37th home run

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Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas belted his 37th home run on Wednesday evening, setting a new club record for homers in a single season. Moustakas had been tied with Steve Balboni, who hit 36 home runs in 1985.

The home run came on a 2-0, 82 MPH slider from Blue Jays reliever Carlos Ramirez, boosting the Royals’ lead to 13-0 in the top of the sixth inning.

Moustakas, 29, entered the night batting .271/.313/.523 with 82 RBI and 71 runs scored in 560 plate appearances.

Chris Sale records his 300th strikeout this season

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Red Sox starter Chris Sale recorded his 300th strikeout of the 2017 season on Wednesday night against the Orioles. The momentous occasion occurred with two outs in the eighth inning. Facing Ryan Flaherty, Sale threw a slider that caught the strike zone low and inside for called strike three.

Sale and Clayton Kershaw (2015) are the only pitchers to strikeout 300-plus batters in a season in the last 15 years. Curt Schilling and Randy Johnson accomplished the feat in 2002, and Johnson also did it in 2001 and 2000. Pedro Martinez had been the only other Red Sox pitcher to have a 300-strikeout season.

Through eight scoreless innings, Sale limited the Orioles to four hits with no walks and 13 strikeouts. The Red Sox offense gave him plenty of run support. Mookie Betts and Devin Marrero each hit two-run home runs in the fourth. Hanley Ramirez added a two-run double in the sixth and Dustin Pedroia hit a two-run double of his own in the eighth to make it 8-0.