De Aza, 25, has impressed in all facets of the game during Cactus League action. The left-handed hitter carries a .318 average following Tuesday's loss."I'm just trying to do my job, whatever I can to make the team," De Aza said. "Thank God I'm swinging good." "We like his swing, the mechanics, a lot," said White Sox hitting coach Greg Walker, mentioning how De Aza slumped recently when going to a no-stride hitting approach since corrected. Sixteen pitchers are still in White Sox camp, with Sergio Santos, Greg Aquino, Erick Threets, Charlie Leesman and Daniel Hudson on the proverbial roster bubble. If only one pitcher is selected from this group, Santos figures to have the edge. The converted infielder, who is out of options, not only has consistently thrown in the 97 mph range but also has shown great control with his slider and changeup and the ability to locate his high-velocity fastball, with nine strikeouts over 5 2/3 scoreless innings. Threets would give the White Sox a third left-hander, while Leesman has risen from only one full Minor League season at Class A Kannapolis to the last round of roster cuts in his first big league Spring Training. Hudson is considered a star in the making, but probably will be sent to Charlotte where he can stretch out as a starter and be ready if needed in the White Sox rotation. Basically, the final spot could come down to Santos or De Aza, with the White Sox knowing Santos will be grabbed by another club if he's put on waivers.
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less