White Sox prospects Chris Bassitt, Francellis Montas named ‘Fall Stars’


Sep 22, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Chris Bassitt (61) pitches in the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Two of the Chicago White Sox pitching prospects in the Arizona Fall League have been named “Fall Stars” for the annual Arizona Fall League Fall-Star game.

Those two prospects are Chris Bassitt and Francellis Montas.

MLB.com reports the game will be played at 5 p.m. MST, airing on the MLB Network and MLB.com.

The White Sox prospect duo will be on the West All-Star team, as their AFL team is the Glendale Desert Dogs.

In five games (no starts), Bassitt has an 0.79 ERA in 11.1 innings of relief. He’s allowed seven hits, with one earned run and three walks. Bassitt has also compiled 17 strikeouts this fall, holding batters to a .171 batting average.

In ’14 with the White Sox, Bassitt had a 3.94 ERA in six games (five starts).

Montas has an 1.76 ERA this fall, with a 1-0 record in four starts. In 15.1 innings pitched, he’s allowed three earned runs (five runs total) off 10 hits and six walks.

The right-handed pitcher has held opponents to a .179 batting average this fall. During the ’14 regular season, Montas pitched in the Arizona Rookie League, the Winston-Salem Dash and in Double-A with the Birmingham Barons.

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This is a great sign for both of these pitchers, because maybe this is what the White Sox need to add to their bullpen in ’15. Bassitt pitched mostly as a starter in the majors, and maybe he could be a No. 5 starter for the White Sox in ’15, and Montas possibly could move up to Triple-A in the spring, or even the bullpen of the White Sox if he continues to show improvement.

It is no secret the White Sox will be making some type of moves to make their bullpen better, and maybe one or both of these pitchers are the answer.