As the start of spring training draws closer for the Chicago White Sox, there are several young faces who are eagerly anticipating the opportunity to show what they've got and possibly earn a spot on the 25-man roster.
With several veterans gone from last year's squad, there are going to be some roster spots that are there for the taking.
While the starting lineup and rotation are set for the most part, there are still spots up for grabs off the bench and in the bullpen.
If the White Sox decide to carry only 11 pitchers to start the season, then they will have five bench spots open. But if they go with 12 pitchers, then the bench number drops to four. However, unless something drastic happens, two of those bench spots will belong to Brent Lillibridge and Tyler Flowers, which would then leave only two or three spots.
Lillibridge was a super-sub off the bench last year and can play both the infield and outfield. Flowers was solid when A.J. Pierzynski was out for a stretch last season and seems to be in line to take over when Pierzynski is done.
As far as the bullpen, the only guys who are guaranteed to be there are Matt Thornton, Jesse Crain and Will Ohman—so that leaves either three or four more spots there.
Either way, there looks to be six spots open on the 25-man roster; and assuming the Sox decide to start the season with an 11-man pitching staff, here's a look at six guys who are looking to fill those spots.