Apr 5, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; A general view of a Chicago White Sox players glove and hat before a game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports
The Chicago White Sox have promoted Triple-A pitcher Taylor Thompson to the MLB roster on Sunday.
On July 1, Southside Showdwon wrote this article about Thompson, asking if he should be called up to the MLB roster of the White Sox.
I believe the call to bring Thompson up to the White Sox roster is a good move and a well deserving move by the White Sox for Thompson.
The RHP pitcher replaces Carlos Sanchez (shortstop) on the White Sox roster who was sent to Charlotte on Saturday night.
Thompson has been in the minors since 2009, and this season he has a 2.61 ERA in 31 games for the Knights in Triple-A play. In his 48.1 innings pitched, Thompson has six saves and 53 strikeouts, with a WHIP of 1.303.
He’s walked 24 batters and allowed 14 earned runs in his 31 appearances. Thompson’s record is 2-0 on the 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.
On his past 10 games Thompson is 1-0 with a 1.17 ERA in 15.1 innings pitched. In that span he has 14 strikeouts. He last pitched on July 17, a two-inning relief appearance where he allowed two hits, one walk and no runs.
I’ve been keeping an eye on the progression of Thompson for the past month after looking at his stats in June, and I’m very intrigued to see what he’ll bring to the White Sox bullpen. It will be good to finally see what the White Sox have in Thompson.
Maybe Thompson can eventually become the closer the White Sox have been looking for this season.