Prospect Scott Snodgress had tough AFL season


Sep 17, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Chicago White Sox relief pitcher Scott Snodgress (68) delves a pitch in the seventh inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Making 11 relief appearances in Arizona Fall League play, Chicago White Sox prospect Scott Snodgress didn’t have the best of outings with the Glendale Desert Dogs.

Snodgress finished with a 8.53 ERA in this 11 relief appearances for the Desert Dogs, where he was 1-0 in 12.2 innings pitched.

In his 2014 fall league play, the left-handed reliever allowed 16 hits, 13 runs and walked 13. Of those 16 hits, three were home runs. Snodgress did strike out nine batters, but the opponents finished with a .333 average against him.

Verses right-handed batters, Snodgress had a 12.15 ERA in 6.2 IP against those batters, where 10 if the 16 hits he allowed came against. All three of the home runs he allowed this fall were against right-handed batters.

Also nine of the 12 runs he allowed, and nine of his 13 walks were against the right-handed batters.

In his AFL outings against left-handed batters, Snodgress had a 4.50 ERA where he allowed three earned runs in 6.0 IP.

This past regular season with stints with the Birmingham Barons (Double-A) and the Charlotte Knights (Triple-A) he totaled a 6-8 record with a 4.01 ERA. In those 29 appearances (21 starts) he allowed 62 earned runs with a .257 batting average.

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He pitched in four games this regular season with the White Sox, amounting to 2.1 IP where he allowed four earned runs and walked three.

Now the question for Snodgress is what will the White Sox do with him for here on out? Will they use him as a starter in their farm system, or convert him to a relief pitcher and see what he can provided there?

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The White Sox are looking to add left-handed relief pitching, but for 6-6, 225 pound Snodgress (who is 25 years old), it will be interesting to see what the White Sox do with the LHP.

My guess is he’ll begin the ’15 season with the Triple-A Knights, as he’ll continue his progression to the full-time MLB roster. If he does improve his overall performance, he’d be a very nice piece to the White Sox bullpen puzzle.