There were no surprises today when the Sox set their roster for Opening Day 2017. It will officially be announced on Sunday morning at The Rate, where the Sox open the season Monday against Detroit.
Here’s what the roster will look like position by position:
Pitchers: Jose Quintana, James Shields, Miguel Gonzalez, Derek Holland, Dylan Covey, David Robertson, Nate Jones, Jake Petricka, Michael Ynoa, Anthony Swarzak, Zach Putnam, Dan Jennings. (Carlos Rodon will open the season on the 10-day DL with a left bicep injury).
Outfielders: Melky Cabrera, Avisail Garcia, Jacob may, Cody Asche.
Infielders: Todd Frazier, Tim Anderson, Tyler Saladino, Yolmer Sanchez, Matt Davidson, Jose Abreu, Leury Garcia.
Catchers: Omar Navarez, Geovany Soto.
A few notes:
-Top prospects Yoan Moncada, Carson Fulmer, Reynaldo Lopez, Zack Burdi, and Lucas Giolito will open the year in Triple-A Charlotte.
-Jacob May looks to be the Sox starting center fielder on opening day. May is maybe the one big surprise from Spring Training. We’ll see how quickly he can adjust to the big league game. Will be fun to see.
-Don’t expect any trades any time soon. I’d anticipate the Sox hanging on to guys like Quintana, Robertson, Frazier, and Cabrera until the trade deadline where Rick can possibly get a contender to overpay. The Sox will be sellers come August 1st.
-Since the Sox will more than likely be out of contention for most of the year, it will be important for fans to find things to look for. We can’t judge this team’s success/failure based on wins and losses. Instead, fans need to focus on individual growth and flashes of brilliance from the young players who will be the core of the Sox future success. I don’t care if the Sox lose 11-9 if Moncada hits two dingers and makes an unreal play in the field.
-#CapsOn #TrustRick #BeerMe #Flashes