We are a week closer to Spring Training, and team's are still looking for major league players that they could add on a minor contract to give the younger talent on the team some competition. This week, fellow writer Joe Orsatti and I take a look at what chance two minor league signings have at making the White Sox' Opening Day roster.
Cody Asche is currently penciled in to be the White Sox' designated hitter in 2017, according to Roster Resource. Asche had a down season in Philadelphia, only hitting .213/.284/.350 (71 OPS+) over 218 plate appearances, while hitting four home runs and driving in just 18 runs, in 71 games for the Phillies.
Rymer Liriano is currently the fourth outfielder for the White Sox, and he is out of options. So, if Liriano, Asche, and Yoan Moncada (who could make the team as the White Sox' starting third baseman, moving Todd Frazier to the designated hitter role) all have a good training camp, the White Sox will have a tough decision on their hands.
Soto was recently signed to a deal after missing most of the 2016 season due to injuries. Soto will more than likely make the Opening Day roster due to the White Sox' lack of big league catching depth. Soto slashed .269/.321/.487 (127 OPS+) over 86 plate appearances for the Los Angeles Angels in just 26 games played, along with four home runs, five doubles and nine runs batted in.
The White Sox have Omar Narvaez, who hit .267/.350/.337 over 117 plate appearances, along with one home run and ten runs batted in, while compiling a 93 OPS+, in 34 games for the White Sox, penciled in as their backup in 2017. Kevan Smith is could also be another option for the White Sox to backup the 34-year-old Geovany Soto.null