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White Sox invite 14 players to Spring Training01/19/2011 3:27 PM ET
CHICAGO – The Chicago White Sox have agreed to terms on minor-league contracts with right-handed pitchers Brian Bruney, Jeff Gray, Josh Kinney, Shane Lindsay and Miguel Socolovich, catchers Donny Lucy and Jared Price and infielder Dallas McPherson. All eight players, in addition to six players within the White Sox system, have received non-roster invites to the club's spring training camp in Glendale, Ariz.
Right-handed pitchers Kyle Bellamy and Brandon Hynick, left-hander Charlie Leesman, outfielders Jordan Danks and Brandon Short and catcher Josh Phegley all received invites to major-league camp from within the organization. Five of the 14 spring training invitees have major-league experience.
Bellamy, 23, went 7-2 with a 3.12 ERA (27 ER/78.0 IP), five saves and 84 strikeouts in 55 games between Class A Kannapolis, Class A Winston-Salem and Class AA Birmingham in 2010. The 6-foot-5, 220-pounder has gone 9-2 with a 2.70 ERA (30 ER/100.0 IP) and eight saves in 75 relief appearances over two seasons in the Sox farm system. He was selected in the fifth round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft.
Danks, 24, enters the season ranked by Baseball America as the Best Defensive Outfielder in the White Sox organization for the second straight season. Jordan, who is the younger brother of White Sox starting pitcher John Danks, hit .245 (109-445) with 27 doubles, eight home runs and 42 RBI in his first season with Triple-A Charlotte in 2010.
Leesman, 23, combined to go 14-6 with a 4.07 ERA (67 ER/148.1 IP) in 28 starts between Winston-Salem and Birmingham last season. The 6-foot-4, 210-pounder led all White Sox minor leaguers in victories in 2010 and made 11 relief appearances with Peoria of the Arizona Fall League. He was selected in the 11th round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft.
White Sox pitchers and catchers report to spring training on Thursday, February 17, with physicals and a workout scheduled for the same day. Position players will report and undergo physicals on Tuesday, February 22. The first full-squad workout also will take place at that time.
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