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White Sox add 18 to spring training roster
Six players with major league experience, including right-hander Brian Bruney and infielder Dallas McPherson, were among the 18 players added to the White Sox spring training roster on Monday.
Bruney pitched in 23 games for the Sox last season. McPherson also had a brief stay with the Sox. Left-hander Eric Stults (Dodgers, Rockies), catcher Hector Giminez (Astros, Dodgers), infielder Ray Olmedo (Reds, Blue Jays) and outfielder Delwyn Young (Dodgers, Pirates) have played in the big leagues.
Players from the Sox minor-league system invited to big-league camp include right-handers Brian Omogrosso and Jacob Petricka, catchers Michael Blanke and Josh Phegley, infielders Jim Gallagher and Tyler Kuhn and outfielders Jordan Danks, Trayce Thompson, Jared Mitchell and Brandon Short.
Danks, generally considered the best defensive outfielder in the Sox organization, is the younger brother of Sox lefthander John Danks. He batted .257 with 14 homers and 65 RBI at AAA Charlotte last season.
Mitchell was the Sox first-round pick in 2009. Rated by Baseball America as the Best Athlete in the organization, he batted .222 with 183 strikeouts in 129 games for Class A Winston-Salem last season after missing the 2010 season following surgery on his broken left ankle. Before the injury, he was rated as the Sox’ best in the organization by Baseball America.
Thompson, 20, is considered the best power-hitting prospect in the organization. He batted .241 with 24 homers and 87 RBI for Class A Kannapolis last season. A second-round pick in the 2009 draft, Thompson is the son of former NBA No. 1 pick Mychal Thompson. His brothers Klay (Golden State Warriors) and Mychel (Cleveland Cavaliers) currently play in the NBA.
Kuhn, 25, put up good numbers between AA Birmingham and AAA Charlotte in 2011, batting .333 with 32 doubles, 11 triples and 70 runs scored over 130 games. A 15th-round pick in 2008, Kuhn led all Sox minor leaguers in hits and triples and ranked second in average in 2011.
Sox pitchers and catchers report to spring training on Feb. 23. Position players report Feb. 28 for the first full-squad workout under first-year manager Robin Ventura.