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White Sox alight with possibilities on Day 1

Team debuts, reunites during first full-squad workouts of Spring Training
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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The White Sox had their first full squad workout Monday on a blustery day that made the Windy City hopefuls feel right at home. It was a day to blow off the cobwebs, acclimate to live pitching and set the tone for a campaign manager Rick Renteria hopes will take his club to October.

"Continue to do what we've started to do on this journey," Renteria told his players. "Stay focused, prepare well, hustle, go out there and do everything [you] can to continue the path that we're on. ... We're White Sox, and the White Sox are going to try to play the game a particular way."

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The White Sox had their first full squad workout Monday on a blustery day that made the Windy City hopefuls feel right at home. It was a day to blow off the cobwebs, acclimate to live pitching and set the tone for a campaign manager Rick Renteria hopes will take his club to October.

"Continue to do what we've started to do on this journey," Renteria told his players. "Stay focused, prepare well, hustle, go out there and do everything [you] can to continue the path that we're on. ... We're White Sox, and the White Sox are going to try to play the game a particular way."

Renteria told his players that though they couldn't all come north in April, every single one of them has an opportunity to be part of the team's success this season.

"They're excited, as we are, about the prospects and the possibilities as they continue to grow together as a team," Renteria said.

Confidence in camp
There has been no shortage of confidence among the prospects, and Renteria smiled at comments made by some of his top prospect pitchers, including right-handed pitcher Alec Hansen, a 23-tear-old from Oklahoma ranked sixth in the organization by MLB Pipeline who talked about wanting to be one of the best pitchers in the game.

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"I think that we're on the right track," Renteria said, of Hansen's confidence. "Their mindset is where it's supposed to be. None of these kids are consuming themselves with the possibility of failure. Much more, they're consuming themselves with the understanding that they might hit some stumbling blocks, but they're going to have a way to overcome and continue to push forward and become the best that they can be."

Thyago Vieira is a 24-year-old pitcher from Brazil who has generated considerable buzz with a fastball reaching up to 102 mph.

Video: BAL@SEA: Vieira snares liner on first pitch of career

"He's a confident kid," Renteria said. "I think he's feeling comfortable here in camp. He's getting along with everybody. The first thing that you try to do with all these guys is make sure that they feel comfortable in their own skin and their surroundings. And maybe that'll allow them some freedom to be free of emotion and intention and just focus on what they need to do in order to get better."

Catching up
One of the interesting competitions in the White Sox camp is for bragging rights of top catching prospect.

Zack Collins is the No. 7 prospect in the system and the highest rated catcher. He split 2017 between Class A Winston-Salem and Double-A Birmingham, knocking 19 home runs in his first full season of professional ball. Seby Zavala is a promising backstop who split '17 between Class A Kannapolis and Winston-Salem and combined for 21 home runs in 107 games.

"Obviously, [Zavala] is pretty good back there, too," Collins said. "He had a good year. We've been hitting together. And obviously we've been spending a lot of time behind the plate together. Everyone has their different views and stuff. All that matters is what works for you.

"We're definitely trying to make each other better. That's ultimately what we're trying to do."

Video: Top Prospects: Zack Collins, C, White Sox

Though they're each longshots to make the club in April, the duo can make a big impression during Cactus League play and potentially position themselves for a call-up during the season.

"I think it's seen as a more of a competition because we're both in the same spot." Collins said. "But ultimately we're competing with every person in the big leagues and every catcher in baseball. We're trying to make each other better, and whether it's the starting catcher for the White Sox or someone else, we're trying to be the best we can and make a career of this thing."

On Sunday, Collins got his first taste of live batting practice this year.

"I feel good," Collins said. "Yesterday was my first day facing live pitching in about six months, so that was a little weird. I was facing Brian Clark, and he's not a power guy -- usually 90, 93 [mph] -- and it looked like he was throwing 900. That wasn't fun. But it was good. I took two swings and fouled off two balls, which I was pretty excited about."

Owen Perkins is a contributor to MLB.com based in Denver.

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