White Sox Invite Seven Members of 2014 Knights to Spring Training…

The Chicago White Sox invited 24 players to Major League Spring Training on Thursday, January 22.  spring-training-logo1

Among some of the names on the list were seven players who spent time with the Charlotte Knights in 2014. LHP Carlos Rodon, Chicago’s first-round pick last season, was one of the seven members invited. The other six members of the 2014 Charlotte Knights to earn invites are: Chris Beck, Dan Black, Scott Carroll, Micah Johnson, Jared Mitchell & Michael Taylor.

Along with the seven recognizable names to Knights fans, there were a number of recognizable names around Major League Baseball. One of those recognizable names to earn an invite was RHP Brad Penny, who has compiled 121 wins at the Major League level over parts of 14 seasons. Penny, 36, appeared in eight games (four starts) with the Marlins last season and posted a 2-1 record with a 6.58 ERA. brad-penny-mlb-new-york-mets-miami-marlins

Penny was originally drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fifth round of the 1996 draft. He made his Major League debut on April 7, 2000. Over the course of his 14-year career, Penny won 16 games in a season twice (2006 & 2007). He was a National League All-Star in each of those seasons. In 2007, Penny posted a 16-4 record with a 3.03 ERA in 33 starts. He finished third in the NL Cy Young Award voting that year.

Here are more details from the White Sox press release:

– The Chicago White Sox have agreed to terms on minor-league contracts with the following free agents: right-handed pitchers Jairo Asencio, Scott Carroll, Jesse Crain, Logan Kensing, Arcenio Leon, J.D. Martin and Brad Penny; left-handers Zach Phillips and Joe Savery; catchers George Kottaras and Geovany Soto; infielders Juan Diaz and Andy LaRoche; and outfielders Tony Campana and Michael Taylor. 

 All 15 players, in addition to nine players from within the organization, have received non-roster invites to the club’s spring training camp in Glendale, Ariz.

 Right-handers Chris Beck, Tyler Danish and Nolan Sanburn, left-hander Carlos Rodon, infielders Tim Anderson, Dan Black and Micah Johnson and outfielders Courtney Hawkins and Jared Mitchell received invites to major-league camp from within the organization. Thirteen of the 24 invitees have major-league experience, while five are rated among the club’s Top 10 Prospects by Baseball America entering the 2015 season.

I’ll have more on the non-roster invitees, as well as numerous updates live from SoxFest in Chicago. Stay tuned!

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