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.

Reid Brignac is trying to become a designated hitter

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - FEBRUARY 26:  Reid Brignac #4 of the Atlanta Braves poses on photo day at Champion Stadium on February 26, 2016 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Veteran utilityman Reid Brignac is in camp with the Astros on a minor league deal. The 31-year-old is close to being done as a major leaguer as he owns a career .219/.264/.309 triple-slash line across parts of nine seasons. In an effort to prolong his big league career, Brignac is now attempting to become a switch-hitter, MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart reports.

I’m going to try it out this year. It was something that I just thought long and hard about and I was like, ‘OK, I’m going to try and see how it goes.’ I used to switch-hit when I was younger off and on, nothing consistent. I could always handle the bat right-handed. I play golf right-handed, so I do a lot of things that way that feel natural.

I just want to get to the point where I’m trying to stay in games, not get pinch-hit for, not starting games because a lefty is starting. … That could help me stay in the games longer. I’m trying to add a new element. I play multiple positions and now if I can switch hit and be consistent at it, then that can only help me.

As Brignac mentions, he’s also verstile. He’s a shortstop by trade, but has also logged plenty of innings at second base and third base, and has occasionally played corner outfield.

There aren’t any examples — at least that I can think of — where players began switch-hitting late in their careers and actually succeeding in the major leagues. As the saying goes, you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. But here’s hoping Brignac bucks the trend.

Video: Andrelton Simmons makes a heads-up play to catch Carlos Asuaje off first base

ANAHEIM, CA - AUGUST 03:  Andrelton Simmons #2 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim returns to the dugout after scoring in the second inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 3, 2016 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)
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Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons fell off the map a bit last year due to a combination of the Angels’ mediocrity, Simmons’ lack of offense, and a month-plus of missed action due to a torn ligament in his left thumb.

Simmons is still as good and as smart as ever on defense. That was on full display Monday when the Angels hosted the Padres for an afternoon spring exhibition.

With a runner on first base and nobody out in the top of the second inning, Carlos Asuaje grounded a 2-0 J.C. Ramirez fastball to right field. The runner, Hunter Renfroe, advanced to third base. Meanwhile, Asuaje wandered a little too far off the first base bag. Simmons cut off the throw to first base, spun around and fired to Luis Valbuena at first base. Valbuena swiped the tag on Asuaje for the first out of the inning.