White Sox add 5 players to 40-man roster
As they finalize their 40-man roster for next season, the White Sox purchased the contracts of outfielder Jared Mitchell, catcher Josh Phegley, right-handed pitcher Andre Rienzo, left-handed pitcher Santos Rodriguez and right-handed pitcher Charles Shirek from Class AAA Charlotte.
Mitchell, 24, split last season between Class AA Birmingham and Charlotte, hitting .237 (108-455) with 13 triples, 11 home runs, 67 RBI, 69 runs scored and 21 stolen bases over 130 combined games. The White Sox first-round pick in 2009 ranked among the organizational leaders in triples (1st), extra-base hits (T6th, 48), stolen bases (T7th), RBI (9th) and total bases (10th, 191). Mitchell was named to the Southern League midseason All-Star Team.
Phegley, 24, batted .266 (105-394) with 6 homers, 48 RBI and 40 runs scored in 102 games with the Knights. He led all International League catchers with a .996 (3 E/834 TC) fielding percentage and ranked second with a 46.2 (30-65) caught stealing percentage.
Rienzo, 24, split 2012 between Class A Winston-Salem, Birmingham and Charlotte, going 7-3 with a 2.53 ERA (29 ER/103.1 IP), 113 strikeouts and 1 complete game over 18 starts. He finished the season with the third-most strikeouts in the White Sox organization. The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder went 1-1 with a 4.74 ERA (13 ER/24.2 IP) and 24 strikeouts over six starts with Salt River in the Arizona Fall League.
Rodriguez, 24, went 2-4 with a 2.90 ERA (23 ER/71.1 IP), 8 saves and 69 strikeouts over 42 combined relief appearances between Birmingham and Charlotte. The left-hander ranked sixth in the organization in saves.
Shirek, 27, was 11-5 with a 3.65 ERA (69 ER/170.1 IP) and 117 strikeouts over 28 games (26 starts) with the Knights.
With the moves, the White Sox 40-man roster increases to 39.
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