The White Sox have finalized their opening day roster, and the addition of Romy Gonzalez and Gregory Santos make it stronger. Both players had an impressive spring training from the White Sox camp and showed outstanding performances on the field. Gonzalez, 26, has been a crucial utility player for the team, playing multiple positions in the infield and outfield. He doesn’t have a standout record at the plate, but his performance in the minor leagues is promising, boasting a .795 OPS in 286 games. With more exposure to the big leagues, there’s still room for Gonzalez to improve his swing to deliver more power, but his versatility and defensive skills make him an asset in the field.
Santos, 21, has been impressive on the mound this spring, showcasing a 19.3% strikeout rate and keeping the ball on the ground with his 50 to 60% groundball rates in the minor leagues, making him a solid middle relief pitcher. The White Sox added Santos in December from the Giants, where he pitched just 5 2/3 innings at the major league level, allowing seven earned runs in the process. The previous roster cuts mean Santos is more likely to join Ruiz and Diekman for middle relief work rather than get late-inning work, which typically goes to Graveman, Bummer, Kelly and Lopez.
Overall, the White Sox have put together a strong opening day roster, including players like Oscar Colas, Hanser Alberto and Gavin Sheets, providing a well-rounded team for Pedro Grifol to manage. The White Sox are looking good this season, and their roster is already generating buzz from fans and rivals alike.