The wait is finally over. On Saturday, February 25th, the Chicago White Sox play a baseball game. Just like every year, the White Sox open their Spring Training schedule with a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, the team that shares Camelback Ranch with the White Sox.
Rick Renteria named 2015 first round pick, Carson Fulmer the starter for the Spring Training opener. Fulmer will oppose the best pitcher in all of baseball, Clayton Kershaw. Fulmer is likely to spend the majority of the 2017 season as a starter for the Charlotte Knights. He was called up last summer for his first taste of major league action. The White Sox originally handled him as they did other star pitchers such as Mark Buehrle and Chris Sale by having him develop in the bullpen.
Amidst an abundance of trade rumors, Jose Quintana will start against the Colorado Rockies on Sunday. Personally, I found this interesting because the Rockies seem like they would be an outstanding fit for Quintana. They are a team looking to compete this season but lack an established ace. Quintana could be that ace they need. Colorado is also stacked when it comes to young, major league ready hitters, which is exactly what the White Sox are looking for as compensation for dealing Quintana. Whether this start for Quintana had been planned for a while or not, the interest factor will be high in this one.
On Monday, the Sox travel to Mesa to take on Crosstown rival and the defending World Series Champions, Chicago Cubs. Top pitching prospect Lucas Giolito will get the start for the South Siders in this one. Giolito will likely begin his 2017 regular season in AAA to give him more time to develop in the minors. Most expect him to get the call to the major shortly thereafter.
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