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Thursday, January 10, 2013
White Sox extend 20 spring invites

By Doug Padilla

CHICAGO -- The White Sox invited 20 players to spring training, including seven that have been signed to minor-league deals and another 13 from the club’s own system.

Players not on the club’s 40-man roster need to be invited to big-league camp separately.

The complete list of players who have agreed to minor-league deals are right-handers Jeff Gray and Ramon Troncoso, left-hander David Purcey, catcher Bryan Anderson, infielders Josh Bell and Steve Tolleson and outfielder Stefan Gartrell.

Those already in the minor-league system that will get an opportunity to show what they can do in big-league camp include: right-handers Erik Johnson and Jacob Petricka, left-handers Daniel Moskos and Scott Snodgress, catchers Michael Blanke and Kevin Smith, infielders Seth Loman, Tyler Saldino, Carlos Sanchez, Marcus Semien and Andy Wilkins, and outfielders Trayce Thompson and Keenyn Walker.

Seven of the 20 players invited have major-league experience, while five are ranked by Baseball America as top 10 White Sox prospects.

Thompson is the highest ranked at No. 2, while Sanchez is No. 3, Johnson is No. 4, Walker is No. 5 and Snodgress is No. 6. Walker was the White Sox first pick (47th overall) in the 2011 draft.

White Sox pitchers and catchers report to Glendale, Ariz., to begin spring training on Feb. 12. Position players are scheduled to report on Feb. 17.