Left-hander Aaron Poreda and infielder Gordon Beckham, drafted in the first round by the White Sox the past two years, were among 18 players invited Monday to spring training. The White Sox agreed to terms with 13 players on minor league deals and invited them to their new complex in Glendale, Ariz., beginning Feb. 15. They also invited five players from the minors, including Poreda and Beckham. Poreda was the team's top choice in 2007 out of San Francisco and Beckham a first-rounder in 2008 out of Georgia. Receiving non-roster invitations were infielders Javier Castillo, Brian Myrow, Sergio J. Santos and Eider Torres; catchers Corky Miller and Chris Stewart; outfielders Josh Kroeger and Michael Restovich; right-handers Ryan Z. Braun, Franklyn German, Brad Salmon and John Van Benschoten; and left-hander pitcher Randy Williams. Catchers Tyler Flowers and Donny Lucy and right-handed reliever Mike MacDougal were invited from the minor league system.
Poreda could compete for a rotation spot this spring and is an outstanding prospect. Consider him a sleeper in AL-only and long-term keeper leagues at this point, because he probably will start the year back in Triple-A. Beckham needs a full pro season before he will be a candidate for a call-up, so consider him an elite keeper prospect. Flowers is a catcher with a great bat we could see in the majors by the end of the year, while the rest of these players are nothing more than organizational depth at this point. Ignore them on Draft Day.