Should Taylor Thompson be called up to White Sox bullpen this season?
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Right-handed reliever Taylor Thompson has been in the Chicago White Sox organization since 2009. This season in Triple-A Charlotte he leads the team in saves, and his ERA has steadily improved from last season. The question is: Should Thompson be called up to the White Sox bullpen this season?
In 2014 with the Knights, Thompson has pitched in 26 games, where he’s built a 3.18 ERA in 39.2 innings of relief with a 1-0 record and four saves.
Taylor Thompson of the Charlotte Knights. (Photo from Knights’ web site).
Each year, Thompson has made the move to the next step in the minors, as last year he played in 12 games with the Knights where he pitched just 16 innings.
I know he has little time in the minors, but would he be a good fit for the White Sox bullpen this season? The one problem is Thompson isn’t on the White Sox 40-man roster.
Since joining the White Sox organization in ’09, he’s never ended a season with an ERA above 4.00. He was very productive in Double-A with the Birmingham Barons with an ERA of 2.15 in 32 games (50.1 innings) in ’12, and in ’13, in 32 games, his ERA was 2.15 before being moved to the Knights.
He’s also tied in saves with Donnie Veal this season for the Knights with four.
Around a month ago, Seth Lakso, who covers the Knights for the Charlotte Observer, wrote on the Charlotte Knights Insider:
"“Taylor Thompson, on the other hand, has quietly performed well every year since beginning his professional career and there’s almost no chance you’ve heard about a single outing.”"
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My thought is if the White Sox bullpen continues to be unreliable for the most part as this season continues, especially after the All-Star break, why not see what Thompson can do at the MLB level?
It will help the White Sox see how a player who has been in the organization for over five years is ready for the big time, because this franchise needs to get their pitching in the minors back to being productive again for the MLB level, and if not, we’ll continue to see more problems with the MLB team in the future.