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Molina, Castro make good first impressions on Ventura

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- It was a brief look, but manager Robin Ventura liked what he saw in some of the White Sox' new, young arms on the second day of camp Friday.

Ventura made a point of mentioning right-handers Nestor Molina and Simon Castro. Molina came from the Blue Jays organization in the Sergio Santos trade. Castro came from the Padres' minor league system in the trade for Carlos Quentin.

"It's nice to be able to see them throw and really see what your scouting department sees," Ventura said. "And going on the back field watching the catchers hit, to see young kids you haven't necessarily seen a whole lot of -- [Michael] Blanke, [Josh] Phegley, Tyler [Flowers] -- it's nice to see guys swinging the bat well."

Ventura, a left-handed hitter as a player, didn't seem to think he'd want to face left-hander Chris Sale after watching him throw.

"That's a bad matchup for lefties,'' Ventura said. "He looks great. He looks like he's throwing nice and easy and free. Obviously, the velocity is there, now he has to build up the strength.''

There are probably three spots open in the Sox bullpen with Sale moving to the starting rotation.

"That's the great part about going out the last couple days, you see some quality arms. Who knows how it's going to shake out, but it's nice to see the kind of arms we're coming into camp with. Maybe a little bit under the radar, but for us we're excited about them.''

Molina is ranked as one of the Sox' top prospects.

"I was very curious,'' Ventura said. "Obviously, going through our drills, he looked great. You see how athletic he is and you watch him go through his stuff and see how impressive he is. It's nice to see him on the mound. Just the way the ball comes out of his hand and how balanced he is, it's nice to see.''

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