There isn’t a ton of reason to be optimistic about either Chicago baseball team this MLB season. The Cubs figure to be bad, and the White Sox only marginally better. But there is an interesting comeback story possibly brewing on the White Sox pitching staff. For a guy to play for the lowly Windy City Thunderbolts, who play in suburban Crestwood, IL, the heart of White Sox fan demographics, to come back to the big club.
While we can count nine players (all pitchers) who seem to have opening day major league jobs sewed up (not counting New York Mets lefty Tim Byrdak and Arizona shortstop Stephen Drew, who will be on the disabled list), the next week still will be nervous time for several onetime Independent players who seem to have a chance of making the treasured 25-man rosters. These are the spring numbers they had put up heading into play Thursday:
Starter-reliever Dylan Axelrod (Windy City, Frontier League) limited San Diego to three runs (eight hits...