Williams not afraid to call on Triple-A depth

Williams not afraid to call on Triple-A depth

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- With the White Sox setting their 25-man roster prior to Saturday's 3-1 loss to the Rockies at Camelback Ranch, the rightful focus was on players such as Nate Jones and Eduardo Escobar who made their first Opening Day roster.

But general manager Ken Williams and manager Robin Ventura also were looking at the solid options they now have available at the Minor League levels, giving the White Sox a little depth and insulation in case of injury or ineffectiveness. Dylan Axelrod, Eric Stults and Brian Bruney, three of Saturday's final cuts, are on that reserve list at Triple-A Charlotte.

"A lot of times in April things happen where you need a guy like [Bruney]," said Ventura, who credited Bruney for coming into camp in great shape, working hard and pitching very well, despite losing out in the final call to Jones. "The comfort for us is we have guys like him and Stults and Axelrod we can trust and call up in that position."

Williams pointed to Minor League position players on the rise such as Jared Mitchell, Andy Wilkins and Trayce Thompson. He also added a few more to the pitching options.

"We are still not losing confidence in guys like Charlie Leesman," Williams said. "Guys like [Nestor] Molina. We like the other two kids we got, [Pedro] Hernandez and [Jose] Quintana. We see Quintana especially as a starter, and [Simon] Castro.

"Castro was one of the best prospects in baseball just a year and a half ago, and got a delivery issue out of whack. I think [pitching coach Don Cooper] and now [Minor League pitching coordinator] Curt Hasler, who has taken over for him, have simplified it with just a little bit of a step back in his delivery. Staying tall and balanced over the rubber. He's getting out front again as he used to. The ball is coming out of his hands really nicely. On the pitching front, we feel good."