Righty swinging Eric Soderholm was only with the White Sox for three short years, but he was solid for them. His best season came way back in 1977. Soderholm played in 130 games for the White Sox in 1977 and he was 129 for 460 (.280 avg, .850 OPS) with 77 runs scored, 25 homers, 67 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. Soderholm played in 329 games in his three years with the White Sox and he was 300 for 1,127 (.266 avg, .783 OPS) with 165 runs scored, 51 homers, 168 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.
24-year old lefty starting pitcher Chris Sale threw a masterpiece last night against the Angels in their 3-0 win on ESPN last night. Sale only gave up 1 hit and he didn’t walk anyone while whiffing 7 batters in a complete game shutout last night. Sale has pitched in 8 games (all starts) for the White Sox so far this year and he is 4-2 with a 2.88 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP. He has only given up 41 hits and walked 12 batters while whiffing 49 of them in his first 56 1/3 innings pitched. Sale has now pitched in 117 games (37 starts) in his first four years in the majors and he is 25-13 with 12 saves, a 2.89 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP. Sale could make a serious run at the A.L. Cy Young Award in 2013, if he can just stay healthy.
23-year old lefty starting pitcher Scott Snodgress is off to a solid start in the minors in 2013. He has pitched in 6 games (all starts) in AA-ball for the White Sox so far this year and he is 4-1 with a 4.25 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP. Snodgress has now pitched in 49 games (45 starts) in his first three years in the minors and he is 14-7 with a 3.28 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP. He could get a shot to pitch for the White Sox at some point in 2013, if he keeps pitching well. Snodgress came into this season as the White Sox’ #6 prospect according to Baseball America.
29-year old lefty swinging outfielder Alejandro De Aza is off to a good start with the bat so far in May for the White Sox. De Aza has played in 7 games so far in May and he is 9 for 30 (.300 avg, .910 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 2 homers, 5 RBIs and 1 stolen base. De Aza has now played in 31 games so far this year and he is 31 for 126 (.246 avg, .733 OPS) with 20 runs scored, 6 homers, 14 RBIs and 5 stolen bases. The White Sox hope that De Aza stays hot as he is the guy who makes the offense go as the leadoff hitter.
The White Sox have released 26-year old switch-hitting 3B Josh Bell. Bell played in 15 games in AAA-ball for the White Sox this year and he was 15 of 55 (.273 avg, .656 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 0 homers and 4 RBIs. Bell has played in 100 games in his first three years in the majors and he is 53 of 272 (.195 avg, .488 OPS) with 24 runs scored, 4 homers and 22 RBIs. This is not much of a loss for the White Sox.
The White Sox have claimed 24-year old switch-hitting 1B Michael McDade off waivers from the Indians. He played in 21 games earlier this year in AAA-ball for the Indians this year and he was 17 for 74 (.230 avg, .597 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 0 homers and 7 RBIs. McDade has now played in 651 games in his first seven years in the minors and he is 643 of 2,438 (.264 avg, .739 OPS) with 281 runs scored, 76 homers, 332 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. McDade will start his career with the White Sox in AAA.
When the White Sox dealt for 25-year old lefty swinging 3B Conor Gillaspie over the winter, it barely made a blip in the newspaper. The White Sox acquired him on February 22nd from the San Francisco Giants for 22-year old righty minor league reliever Jeff Soptic. When starting 2B Gordon Beckham went down to injury earlier this year, the White Sox moved starting 3B Jeff Keppinger to 2B and they called up Gillaspie. Gillaspie has played in 26 games for the White Sox so far this year and he is 22 for 69 (.319 avg, .890 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 3 homers and 5 RBIs. The White Sox hope that Gillaspie keeps up the good work with the bat moving forward.
The White Sox have acquired 28-year old righty swinging outfielder Casper Wells from the Oakland A’s for cash considerations. Wells played in 3 games for the A’s this year and he was 0 for 5 (.000 avg, .000 OPS). Wells has now played in 227 games in his first four years in the majors and he is 146 of 598 (.244 avg, .746 OPS) with 86 runs scored, 25 homers, 80 RBIs and 6 stolen bases. This was a good move for the White Sox as they are hurting a little bit in the outfield right now.
30-year old righty reliever Ramon Troncoso is looking good in AAA-ball so far this year for the White Sox. He has pitched in 9 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball so far this year and he is 1-0 with 3 saves, a 1.80 ERA and a 0.80 WHIP. He has given up 5 hits and he has walked 3 batters while whiffing 6 of them in his first 10 innings in AAA-ball, which is impressive. Troncosco last pitched in the majors back in 2011 for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Troncoso has pitched in 175 games (0 starts) in his first four years in the majors and he is 8-8 with 6 saves, a 3.92 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP. Troncoso is going to get himself to Chicago at some point in 2013, if he keeps pitching like he is right now in AAA.
The White Sox have placed 30-year old righty starting pitcher Gavin Floyd on the 15-day disabled list due to a strained flexor muscle in his right elbow. Floyd has pitched in 5 games (all starts) for the Pale Hose so far this year and he is 0-4 with a 5.18 ERA and a 1.60 WHIP. Floyd will be replaced in the starting rotation by 25-year old lefty reliever Hector Santiago. Santiago has pitched in 7 games (0 starts) for the White Sox so far this year and he is 0-1 with a 2.51 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP. Santiago is capable of doing a good job as a starter, but the Pale Hose will miss his power arm out of the pen.
UPDATE: (5/6/2013) - Gavin Floyd has underwent Tommy John surgery and he will miss the next 14-19 months.