Saunders left Friday's Grapefruit League game after being hit in the right hand, but the move was purely precautionary. The veteran outfielder will open the season as the Phillies' starter in right field.
A tough game for Rupp, who has just five hits in 31 at-bats this spring. Despite the slow start, Rupp is at no risk of losing his job to anyone. However, he will need to produce during the regular season to hold off top prospect Jorge Alfaro at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, who waiting for his opportunity in the majors.
The homer was the fourth of the spring for Asche, who is hitting .316/.469/.763 in 38 spring at-bats. A non-roster invitee, Asche is making a big push for an Opening Day roster spot. He can play the corner spots in the infield and outfield, which makes him an ideal solution for backing up Melky Cabrera in left field and Todd Frazier at third base.
DeShields has drawn 10 walks with a 12:10 K:BB ratio in 59 place appearnces, so his plate discipline is encouraging. The left field situation in Texas remains murky as Ryan Rua, Jurickson Profar and DeShields have all had good springs and remain in the mix.
The left field situation in Texas remains murky as Rua, Jurickson Profar and Delino DeShields have all had good springs and remain in the mix.
When Charlie Tilson went down with a foot injury, the chances of Liriano and several other fringe outfielders were given a boost. Unfortunately for Liriano, he hasn't done much with the bat, hitting .170 with 18 strikeouts in 40 at-bats. Never mind a starting spot, Liriano's chances of a roster spot are quickly fading. Avisail Garcia is the presumed starter in right field while the center field competition between Peter Bourjos and Jacob May rages on as we approach the final week of camp. Because the White Sox are relatively thin in the outfield, Liriano could nab a bench spot, but Leury Garcia as out-hit him and appears to have the edge as a depth outfielder.
Despite the low average, Cabrera will be the White Sox's starting left fielder to the open the season. The question remains for how long. As a veteran on a rebuilding team, Cabrera joins Jose Quintana, David Robertson and Todd Frazier has players the White Sox can flip for desperately needed young position prospects.
Detwiler has struggled this spring with a 11.88 ERA. He'll likely sign with another club and begin the season in Triple-A.
Alcantara hasn't been impressive this spring with a 4.50 ER with a 9:7 K:BB ratio in 20 innings. However, Alcantara is out of minor league options. His tenure as the fifth starter may not last long if Sonny Gray is able to return from a back injury in April.
Triggs has a 5.06 ERA this spring but an solid 12:2 K:BB in 16 innings. Triggs will try to carry over momentum from the 2.78 ERA, 0.71 WHIP and 21:1 K:BB he showed in his last five starts last year.