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Marcus Semien is currently on the active roster.
Charles Leesman and Marcus Semien are already on the 40-man roster and have both made their major-league debuts this season. Their individual bodies of work are substantial enough that even if they fail miserably in the AFL, they will still be given every opportunity to make the White Sox out of spring training next year.
For Leesman, a spot in the White Sox’s 2014 starting rotation is not out of the question, while Semien could make the team as the utility infielder, or as a starter, depending on what general manager Rick Hahn does with the roster this offseason.
This is not to say that a very bad showing will not have repercussions for them, but the impact of their performance in the AFL does not carry the same weight as it will for the five featured later on.
While Leesman and Semien have established their reputations and will battle for a roster spot next year, Stephen McCray will be firmly rooted in the minor leagues for the next couple of seasons.
The right-hander simply does not have a fit on the major league roster right now.
As a starter, for example, he is overshadowed by more high-profile prospects like Leesman, Andre Rienzo and Erik Johnson. In relief, he is a battered soul who compiled a 15.43 ERA and .409 BAA in four relief appearances for the Triple-A Charlotte Knights.
The Sox will likely be looking to see if McCray can find the plate on a regular basis. He walked 56 batters in 132.1 innings across two levels in 2013, and he will need to tighten that up if he hopes to make the case that he can be counted on in 2015 and beyond.
Beginning with Micah Johnson, here are the five AFLers with the most at stake presented by position group. The list will continue with two outfielders before ending with the pitchers.