Tilson, Vieira among first cuts by White Sox

The battle for who will be the Opening Day starter in center field just got clearer.

Today, the Chicago White Sox reassigned several players to minor league camps. Most notable is Charlie Tilson who was competing with Adam Engel and Leury Garcia for the starting role in center field. Appearing in eight games this spring, Tilson was 3-for-18 with three strikeouts and no walks. Tilson will start 2018 with the Charlotte Knights where hopefully he can remain healthy to get extended playing time that he’s missed with numerous injuries since the White Sox acquired him.

With Tilson out of the picture, and manager Rick Renteria hinting at using Leury Garcia more in the utility role, Adam Engel is in good shape to be in the starting nine. As Engel is going through a swing change (again), the adjustments have been producing early results. Engel is 5-for-12 with a double, two home runs, three strikeouts, and four walks. We’ll see if this translates to the regular season, but for a team that could be starting Nicky Delmonico in left field, having a superb defender in center would be nice.

After being acquired by the Seattle Mariners, there was excitement about the possibilities Thyago Vieira could bring to a White Sox bullpen. Just like Tilson, Vieira will start 2018 in Charlotte with hopes of learning to the command of his triple-digit MPH fastball and master a secondary pitch. Appearing only in two games, Vieira officially records one inning of work while allowing four hits, four runs (all earned), three walks, and one strikeout.

Finally, don’t expect to see Dylan Covey or Jordan Guerrero make any additional appearances in games this spring. They’re reassigned to minor league camp where both are planning to start 2018 in Charlotte.

Below is the full list of roster moves


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Patrick Nolan

I’m surprised they axed Tilson this early, but I suppose it was always somewhat likely that he was going to take reps in AAA given how much time he’s missed.

Pablo Manuel

I think that Ricky wants to see if Engel can adjust his offensive skills, He is an amazing defender so if He can hit ~.250 I think he will earn the job until Roberts arrives. But if he can´t hit they will pull the trigger and call Tilson.

Trooper Galactus

Assuming Tilson isn’t scuffling in AAA, of course, in which case we’re looking at Leury, Cordell, and perhaps a REALLY long leash for Engel.

Eagle Bones

Is “Roberts” going to be the new “Sales”?


I suppose somebody’s got to do it. Just keep him away from the pinking shears.


I think he can still see game action if they need to, no?


I don’t know if the Tilson move puts Engel in position to start or not; that should depend on how Leury does going forward. But it does put Engel is position to make the 25-man. A role consisting of starting against most lefties, late-inning defensive replacement (looking at you Delmonico), and pinch runner could be a valuable piece.

lil jimmy

Ricky wants Leury to be super sub. If Engel opens the season hitting .167, he won’t last long.


An Adam Engel hitting .416 with power would be useful.


I suppose they’d make room for that, yes.


Hansen dealing with a sore forearm. Sox claim MRI clean.

Right Size Wrong Shape

Please tell me this is a report about Alen from Giants camp.



That would be Hanson.

As Cirensica

If Tilson cannot overtake Engel is a bad sign. I hope pnoles is right and the FO just wants Tilson to get more reps in the minors because of all the games he has missed

Jim Margalus

I wouldn’t call it a bad sign until a couple months into the season. He’s got a year and a half of rust to knock off.