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Eight, Including Leesman, Sent to Minor League Camp

The White Sox are starting to trim their Spring Training roster closer to the 25 they'll break camp with. Eight guys were just cut, including one that caught our eye, bringing the team's spring roster down to 47.

Outfielders Jared Mitchell, Keenyn Walker and Trayce Thompson, catcher Miguel Gonzalez, and hurlers Omar Poveda, Scott Snodgress and Deunte Heath were the seven that weren't surprising to see go down.

Besides Heath, who's an organizational depth guy and Poveda, who was a non-roster invitee, the others are legitimate prospects that will be able to get more consistent work in minor league camp.

Simply put, it's just not their time yet. But you could've made the case that it should be 27 year-old Charlie Leesman's time.

Leesman has impressed consistently in the higher levels of the Sox' minor league system over the past four years, and although it seems unlikely he'll ever get a real shot as a starter on the south side, it looked as if he'd be able to fit in nicely with the bullpen out of the gate on March 31.

While Scott Downs will handle lefties in the late innings, Leesman held lefties to a .217 BAA with Charlotte last year (.280 for righties), so it looked as if he could fill a dual LOOGY/long reliever role. That opportunity could still arise for him, so it'll be interesting to see if they have him starting games or throwing in relief in the minors this year.

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It just seems peculiar that he's been sent down so early, after just five (successful) relief appearances in big league camp.

The spot will probably be filled at the start of the season by Donnie Veal, who had an up-and-down 2013 campaign, or Eric Surkamp, who was brought over from the Giants this offseason.

We'll keep an eye on what they have Leesman doing in the minors, as he could still have an impact of the White Sox' 2014 season.

(H/T Dan Hayes on Twitter)

Zachary Gropper

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