The invitation list for White Sox spring training is out.
The team announced a list of 20 non-roster players - six minor league free agents and 14 players from within the organization - who will be part of spring training when it gets going next month in Glendale, Arizona.
A few of the team's highest-rated prospects are on the list: Zack Collins, Nick Madrigal, Luis Robert and Blake Rutherford. If you're wondering where some of the other names you know and love are - why no Dylan Cease or Eloy Jimenez or Luis Basabe? - they're already part of the 40-man roster and get an automatic invite to spring training.
As for the new guys, Randall Delgado might be the most noteworthy. He's the former highly touted Atlanta Braves prospect who spent the last six seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Delgado has 271 big league appearances under his belt, 53 of which have been starts. He was real good with the D-backs in 2015, posting a 3.25 ERA in 64 outings, and he had a similar workload a year later, with 79 appearances in 2016. But Delgado has only made it into 36 big league games since: 26 in 2017 and just 10 last year. He pitched in 13 games at Triple-A Reno in 2018, too. But after the White Sox used the minor league free agency strategy to help construct their bullpen last season - Xavier Cedeno, Jeanmar Gomez and Bruce Rondon were all signed as minor league free agents - it's not crazy to think Delgado could wind up in the major league bullpen at some point. Though that group is vastly improved thanks to the additions of Alex Colome and Kelvin Herrera.
Infielder Ryan Goins has spent parts of the last six seasons in the big leagues, all but the 2018 campaign with the Toronto Blue Jays. Relief pitcher Evan Marshall has appeared in 101 games since 2014. Infielder D.J. Peterson is a former first-round draft pick (No. 12 in 2013) but has yet to play in a big league game.
Also invited as minor league free agents were Donn Roach and Matt Skole. Both were a part of the organization last season, with Skole getting into a few games in late May and early June, singling in his first big league plate appearance and homering in his second.
And then there's the list of prospects, which White Sox fans are very familiar with by now. Non-roster invitees to spring training on the list of the top 30 prospects in the organization include: Robert (No. 4), Madrigal (No. 5), Rutherford (No. 7), Collins (No. 8), Luis Gonzalez (No. 14), Jimmy Lambert (No. 21) and Bernardo Flores (No. 25).
Of course, there's a large number of top-30 guys already on the 40-man roster, too, who are expected to be at spring training: Jimenez (No. 1), Cease (No. 3), Basabe (No. 9), Micker Adolfo (No. 11), Ian Hamilton (No. 16), Kodi Medeiros (No. 19), Jordan Stephens (No. 20), Seby Zavala (No. 22) and Jose Ruiz (No. 24).
Top-30 guys not on the 40-man roster or the invitee list are: Dane Dunning (No. 6), Alec Hansen (No. 10), Steele Walker (No. 12), Jake Burger (No. 13), Gavin Sheets (No. 15), Zack Burdi (No. 17), Konnor Pilkington (No. 18), Tyler Johnson (No. 23), Spencer Adams (No. 26), Luis Curbelo (No. 27), Laz Rivera (No. 28), Jonathan Stiver (No. 29) and Lincoln Henzman (No. 30).
And, for those math majors out there, yes, there are prospects who have been invited to spring training but are not ranked in the organizational top 30. Those guys are: Alfredo Gonzalez, Jordan Guerrero, Danny Mendick, Nate Nolan, Charlie Tilson, Zach Thompson and Colton Turner.
Got all that?
All the fun starts when pitchers and catchers report to Camelback Ranch on Feb. 13. The first full-squad workout comes five days later on Feb. 18.