Keep an eye on Aquino

Sergio Santos still appears to be the clubhouse leader for the 12th spot on the White Sox pitching staff. Rookie Daniel Hudson has earned rave reviews from coaches and teammates alike, including staff ace Jake Peavy.

But don’t forget about Greg Aquino. The 32-year-old veteran of 145 big-league relief appearances entered camp as a non-roster invite and figured to be part of the Triple-A Charlotte bullpen sooner than later. With two more scoreless innings on Saturday in a 6-2 victory over Colorado at Hi Corbett Field, Aquino has now worked 10 1/3 scoreless innings this spring.

Only Randy Williams has pitched more without giving up a run.

“This kid, everything he does is throw zeros on the board,” said White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen of Aquino. “Aquino threw the ball good, he continued to do that. It’s going to be a tough call. We have to wait and see what the next step is going to be for us.”

Aquino figures to make the team if the White Sox take 13 pitchers, but that move is unlikely. The right-hander also was helped by a strong defensive play made behind him by Minor League first baseman Greg Paiml to prevent a run in the seventh.

“That’s why I tell you about defense,” Guillen said. “The defense, the first baseman made it in that inning and the ball (Alejandro) De Aza made in the eighth, those things count. That’s why we talk every day about defense, defense and pitching.”

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