GLENDALE, Ariz. -- With 14 roster moves made following Monday's 1-0 loss to the Reds, the White Sox reduced their total players in Major League camp to 37. That number breaks down to 16 pitchers, four catchers, 11 infielders and six outfielders.
Most notable among the cuts were outfielders Jared Mitchell and Trayce Thompson, who were reassigned to Minor League camp. A fully healthy Mitchell and Thompson both made a positive impression before departing.
"They're young, but that's what I told them," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura of his message to these top prospects. "'You did make an impression,' and they're great, young men.
"I've seen Jared when he was drafted, so I know it's there. I even told him it's one of those things I know it's in there, so go down and work and we'll probably be seeing them in the future."
Right-handed pitchers Anthony Carter, Simon Castro, Jhan Marinez and Deunte Heath, left-handed pitchers Pedro Hernandez, Charlie Leesman and Donnie Veal and infielder Ozzie Martinez were optioned to Triple-A Charlotte. Right-hander Nestor Molina and left-hander Jose Quintana were optioned to Double-A Birmingham, while catcher Michael Blanke and infielder Tyler Kuhn joined Mitchell and Thompson in being reassigned.
The final roster battles appear to include Dylan Axelrod, Zach Stewart, Brian Bruney, Eric Stults and Nate Jones for two relief spots and Eduardo Escobar, Dallas McPherson, Dan Johnson and Jim Gallagher for one position player opening.