White Sox sign eight minor leaguers
The Chicago White Sox confirmed the signing of eight players to minor league contracts, all of whom will get an invitation to big league spring training camp, and the team said Wednesday that six others from the minor league system will get non-roster invites.
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Among the players signed to minor league contracts, five are right-handed pitchers. The list includes Brian Bruney, Jeff Gray, Josh Kinney, Shane Lindsay and Miguel Socolovich. Catchers Donny Lucy and Jared Price also signed minor league deals, as did former major league third baseman Dallas McPherson.
White Sox minor league players who will work with the major leaguers this spring include right-handed pitchers Kyle Bellamy and Brandon Hynick, left-hander Charlie Leesman, outfielders Jordan Danks and Brandon Short and catcher Josh Phegley.
Danks, the younger brother of White Sox pitcher John Danks, will enter the season ranked by Baseball America as the best defensive outfielder in the organization. He batted just .245 with 42 RBIs in his first season at Triple-A last year.
Pitching coach Don Cooper said earlier this month that Leesman will be in the mix for an Opening Day rotation spot if Jake Peavy is not able to start the season on time. The 23-year-old figures to be a long shot, though, despite leading White Sox minor leaguers in victories last season with 14.
McPherson was a highly regarded prospect with the Angels, and he played as many as 61 big-league games in 2005. He last played with the Marlins in 2008. The former second-round pick was troubled by a similar back conditioned that plagued former White Sox third baseman Joe Crede.
Doug Padilla covers the White Sox for ESPNChicago.com.