White Sox MiLB Report: Pitching Prospects Dominate in Respective Starts
White Sox pitching prospects dominate in each of their respective starts. South Siders third, sixth ranked prospect records double-digit strikeouts.
While Chicago White Sox fans had to endure a poor outing from James Shields on Wednesday, some of the team’s top prospects shined in their respective starts. Reynaldo Lopez and Michael Kopech both recorded double digit strikeouts, while Dane Dunning pitched seven scoreless innings.
Lopez, who many Sox fans would like to see promoted soon, pitched five innings while recording 10 strikeouts against the Columbus Clippers. The 23-year-old right hander allowed two earned runs on four hits. On Wednesday, Rick Hahn said Lopez is close to joining the Sox starting rotation. With his previous start, Lopez next outing should be in a Sox uniform.
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Kopech, who pitched eight scoreless innings in his previous start followed it up with a solid outing on Wednesday. The 21-year-old pitched six innings while recording 12 strikeouts for Double-A Birmingham. Kopech earned his seventh victory as the Barons defeated the Chattanooga Lookouts 3-1. The Sox third ranked prospect allowed just one earned run and two walks.
While Kopech and Lopez both had solid starts for their respective teams, it was Dunning who had the longer outing on Wednesday. Dunning pitched seven scoreless innings for Single-A Advanced Winston-Salem. Pitching against the Buies Creek Astros, Dunning recorded six strikeouts while allowing just one walk and six hits in a Dash 5-0 victory.
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Dunning earned his fourth victory of the season with Winston-Salem and lowered his era to 3.53. With Sox pitching prospects having impressive starts on Wednesday, it appears the organization has some solid pitching depth for the future.
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Charlotte Knights 5-Columbus Clippers 4 F/11
Birmingham Barons 3-Chattanooga Lookouts 1
Winston-Salem Dash 5-Buies Creek Astros 0
Grand Junction Rockies 6-Great Falls Voyagers 4