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Pitchers and catchers report to Glendale, Arizona in less than two weeks. While that leaves plenty of time for Rick Hahn and the front office to make any final moves (trading Quintana, Frazier, Robertson, or all three), the roster as it stands now will present plenty of opportunities for competition. Before any players show up in Arizona, here are my predictions for who will make the cut, and who will have to spend some time in the minors before coming up to The Show.

Catcher: Giovany Soto

First Base: Jose Abreu

Second Base: Brett Lawrie

Third Base: Todd Frazier

Shortstop: Tim Anderson

Left Field: Melky Cabrera

Center Field: Charlie Tilson

Right Field: Avisail Garcia

DH: Peter Bourjos

SP1: Jose Quintana

SP2: Carlos Rodon

SP3: James Shields

SP4: Greg Holland

SP5: Miguel Gonzalez

Closer: David Roberston

Right Handed Relief Pitchers: Nate Jones, Zach Putnam, Michael Ynoa, and Jake Petricka.

Left Handed Relief Pitchers: Dan Jennings and Matt Purke

Backup Catcher: Omar Narvaez

Utility Infielders: Tyler Saladino, Carlos Sanchez.

Backup Outfielder: Rymer Liriano

The White Sox might look for another left handed option out of the bullpen once Spring Training starts up as Purke did not have a strong year in 2016. Dan Jennings will be the primary lefty specialist, same as he was last year. The rotation is set unless Quintana gets traded, in which case look for Lucas Giolito to start the year with the major league club. The hardest choice came down to right field and designated hitter. The White Sox have said before that they prefer Garcia in the outfield because his offense improves when he has a chance to play in the outfield. Some hitters just cannot focus on only hitting and Garcia seems to fit the bill. That slots newly acquired Peter Bourjos into the DH role.

 

Lineup Order:

Charlie Tilson

Tim Anderson

Jose Abreu

Todd Frazier

Melky Cabrera

Brett Lawrie

Peter Bourjos

Giovany Soto

Avisail Garcia

This lineup won’t strike fear into the hearts of any team, but watching the 1-2 combo of Tilson and Anderson will be fun for Sox fans as both hit for average and have above average speed. Expect 15 stolen bases from each player this year, at least. Slotting Garcia is a better hitter than Soto, but he also has more speed. Slotting Garcia at the 9 spot puts more speed at the “top” of the order with Tilson and Anderson following him.

If you have any suggestions of players you think I left out, please comment and let me know!

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