We now have a clear look at where the White Sox 60-man roster will stand come Opening Day next week. The team announced their initial 16-player taxi squad roster this afternoon, which will begin their workouts at Schaumburg’s Boomers Stadium tomorrow.
Here’s how the roster shakes out:
Right-Handed Pitchers (7)
Left-Handed Pitchers (5)
Of the names on this list, perhaps the most notable is Tennessee southpaw Garrett Crochet. The 2020 first-rounder could be someone who makes an impact out the bullpen this season, as both of his college coaches believe he possesses Major League stuff already. If he doesn’t see game action, which isn’t a guarantee by any means, Crochet will still be able to keep his arm in shape and become acclimated to the organization.
Some other names who you might be a little surprised to see omitted from the taxi squad roster include former first-rounder Jake Burger and prep pitchers like Jared Kelley, Matthew Thompson, and Andrew Dalquist to name a few. However, White Sox farm director Chris Getz touched on the decisions of the team in an interview this afternoon, mainly saying the players the Sox decided to bring aboard were ones who “could be looked at as immediate help.”
As for Burger, he will reportedly be playing in a local league in St. Louis with the permission of the White Sox. The league has a mix of college and pro players, so he will be staying in shape and getting some experience during the rest of the summer months.
With the addition of the 16-players, the White Sox will have 59 total players working out as part of Summer Camp. The topic of conversation will soon be shifting back to the current 43-man Major League squad, and who will make the 30-man roster from there. Our Jordan Lazowski offered his predictions in an article last week.
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