White Sox pitching prospect has great start for Triple-A Charlotte. 2012 first round draft pick pitches seven scoreless innings.
With White Sox fans eagerly anticipating a promotion of Reynaldo Lopez, Triple-A Charlotte starting pitcher Lucas Giolito had an impressive outing on Tuesday. Giolito, the Sox seventh ranked prospect (60th overall) pitched seven scoreless innings in a 4-1 win for the Knights over the Columbus Clippers.
The 2012 first round draft pick of the Washington Nationals recorded six strikeouts while allowing just three walks on Tuesday. With the win, Giolito improved his record to 4-9 while lowering his ERA to 5.09. Giolito hasn’t been consistent this season, but he has had some good outings for the Knights which include a seven inning no-hitter earlier this year.
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As the Sox begin their next homestand, many fans are clamoring for the team to promote Lopez soon. While Lopez appears ready for a promotion, Giolito will need more work before getting his second opportunity in the majors. Before his start on Tuesday, Gioltio lasted just 1.2 innings in his previous outing. In that start, Giolito allowed five earned runs on five hits.
If Giolito is going to get an opportunity to pitch this season for the Sox, he will need to have another solid outing in his next start. Giolito hasn’t pitched seven or more innings in consecutive starts this season, and he’s only recorded back-to-back quality starts once.
Another Sox prospect, Alec Hansen also recorded a quality start but in a loss for Single-A Advanced Winston-Salem. Hansen pitched six innings and recorded seven strikeouts against the Buies Creek Astros in a 3-1 loss. The Sox ninth ranked prospect gave up two earned runs and allowed three walks. Hansen is 1-3 with a 3.03 ERA since being promoted. His start on Tuesday was his longest since June 15.
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