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CHICAGO -- Adrian Nieto has just 48 at-bats this season, but continues to put together quality at-bats such as the walk he drew off of Justin Verlander during a seven-run sixth inning Wednesday night.

Extensive side work has helped Nieto contribute offensively even in limited playing time behind Tyler Flowers.

"There's been gradual stuff that you see of different at-bats in different situations that have been helpful for him," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura. "Making that jump is not always easy."

That jump has taken the Rule 5 selection from the Carolina League in '13 to the Majors in '14 as a de facto personal catcher for John Danks. Ventura likes how they work together and that the veteran Danks sort of sets the tone for how his game is going to play out. But Ventura also knows Nieto will have a chance to catch other starters, and the rookie will be ready.

"Being around all these guys, they've helped me a lot and [pitching coach Don Cooper] has been huge," Nieto said. "Even when I'm not in the game, I'm still reading these scouting reports just in case anything happens or a switch. Everybody's been helping me out a lot, so it makes it easier."

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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