Asche's bat pressuring Sox to keep him around

Asche's bat pressuring Sox to keep him around

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Cody Asche has made life difficult for the White Sox… but in a good way.

Asche, a 26-year-old, non-roster invite who was designated for assignment by the Phillies in December, stands in the midst of a strong Spring Training battle for one of the last position player spots on the active roster. The left-handed hitter played left field Saturday for the White Sox and doubled to lead off the fifth. He served as designated hitter Sunday in an 11-2 victory over the Angels and doubled home a run in the third.

His ability to play all four corners -- as manager Rick Renteria stated -- makes Asche an even more enticing roster choice. After 1,287 plate appearances during four seasons with the Phillies, Asche seems happy to have fit in so quickly with his new team.

"I would be lying if I didn't say I was trying to make the team. That's my No. 1 goal," Asche said. "That's everybody's goal in this room, is to make the team. In what capacity, who knows? All you can really ask is go out there and play hard, be a good teammate and really buy into what Ricky is trying to get across and buy into being a White Sox."

Asche on fitting with White Sox

The Phillies surprised Asche with their decision. But he had a good talk with Renteria upon arrival to set the tone about expectations.

"He laid it on the line and told me what was going to be expected of me. It's been real easy to play for these guys and around this group of teammates," said Asche, who is hitting .346 with eight RBIs this spring. "You lay awake at night before you come to Spring Training with a new club wondering how it's going to be and how scary it could be, being it's your first time.

"It's nothing like I would have imagined. I felt like I fit in right away, and I'm really taken aback by the humbleness of the superstars: [Jose] Abreu, [Todd] Frazier, [Jose] Quintana. Those guys, they're really great teammates. The White Sox are real lucky to have them."

White Sox make a Minor move
The White Sox acquired Minor League first baseman Brandon Dulin from Kansas City in return for either a player to be named or cash considerations. Dulin, 24, was a 12th round selection in the 2013 Draft. He is a career .255 hitter over 877 Minor League at-bats, but has no at-bats above the Class A level.

Third to first
Rymer Liriano tried to throw out Cliff Pennington on a single to right in the fifth inning Sunday. Pennington's hustle barely beat the strong throw.

• Yoan Moncada's 13 spring RBIs lead the White Sox. His four on Sunday broke a three-way tie with Leury Garcia and Danny Hayes.

Moncada's two-run dinger

• Adam Engel made a pair of diving catches in center; one to his left, and one to his right.

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.