Friday, February 22, 2013
Gillaspie's role on south side
By Jason A. Churchill
The Chicago White Sox are very right-handed when it comes to their lineup. Paul Konerko, Alexei Ramirez, Gordon Beckham, Jeff Keppinger, Alex Rios, Tyler Flowers and Dayan Viciedo are each right-handed batters, and all are expected to play regularly. That leaves Adam Dunn and Alejandro De Aza as the lone left-handed hitters, with backup catcher Hector Sanchez a switch hitter.
As a result, the club had been looking for a left-handed bat for the bench, reported Doug Padilla of ESPNChicago.com. The Sox made a deal Friday, reports MarK Gonzalez, for left-handed hitting infielder Conor Gillaspie.
Gillaspie's bat brings mild power and a solid approach, and he makes consistent contact. He has only 21 games of big-league experience, but he's a five-year pro out of Wichita State and should be ready for a part-time role.