Ventura getting familiarized with youngsters

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Scott Snodgress, Andre Rienzo, Dylan Axelrod and Erik Johnson all will have a Cactus League chance to influence the higher-ups during late February starts when games begin. But it's also an important stretch for manager Robin Ventura and the coaching staff.

With 10 rookies being used by the White Sox in 2012, it's good for Ventura to gain even greater familiarity with options that might be needed during the course of the season.

"Honestly, you never know when you're going to need them," Ventura said. "[Last year] we had quite a few [pitchers]. We had to know a lot of names and it was nice last year getting guys in games. When you get a report or get an opinion about someone, you've seen them and know what they're talking about."