They keep track of the stats, so we may as well
The White Sox closed out Cactus League play on Wednesday in fitting form: a 9-9 slobberknocker with their sadder selves, the San Diego Padres. Jake Peter tied the game in the eighth with a two-run homer, but he and Luis Alexander Basabe struck out with the bases loaded in the ninth. Based on that ending, the two teams should have to resume the game next spring.
The Sox are off today, but they have exhibition games in Milwaukee Friday and Saturday, so the preseason is not yet over. The book on the Cactus League is closed, though, so let’s take a look at the standout performances, since they have some impact on White Sox roster and depth decisions.
The White Sox showed faith in Saladino by cutting Brett Lawrie when they didn’t have to, and Saladino responded by 1) staying healthy himself, and 2) posting the handsomest line of any spring player, with a .436 OBP and a .714 slugging percentage. Eight of his 18 hits went for extra bases. He reached base six times in 55 plate appearances without a hit. He struck out only eight times. As a result, Rick Renteria said Saladino will start “a significant amount of the time” at second base, although the revolving door at DH will allow the Sox to still make use of his versatility.
As for Lawrie?