White Sox 10th ranked prospect pitches complete game shutout in final start of season for Single-A Advanced Winston-Salem.
The Chicago White Sox have gotten solid outings from their pitching prospects recently. On Sunday, one prospect went the distance in his final start of the season. Dane Dunning, the Sox tenth ranked prospect pitched a seven inning complete game shutout for Single-A Advanced Winston-Salem.
Dunning recorded nine strikeouts and allowed zero walks in the Dash 2-0 victory over the Salem Red Sox in game one of a doubleheader. With the start on Sunday, Dunning ended his 2017 season strongly and could start 2018 with Double-A Birmingham. Dunning went 6-8 with a 3.51 ERA for Winston-Salem this season.
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The 2016 first round draft pick of the Washington Nationals began this season with Single-A Kannapolis. However, he would quickly dominate the competition and was promoted to Winston-Salem after a 2-0 record and 0.35 ERA through four starts for the Intimidators. Dunning got off to rough start initially with the Dash, but finished his season with consecutive quality starts.
The Sox have a wealth of pitching in the minors, and Dunning’s emergence this season will only add quality depth for the future. Dunning could very well start next season in Birmingham, but it wouldn’t be a problem if he got more time to develop with Winston-Salem. With a number of top pitching prospects already in the farm system, the Sox could have a strong starting rotation in a few years.
Winston-Salem would sweep its doubleheader on Sunday against Salem as they won their second contest 3-2. In their second game against Salem, the Dash received solid pitching from Ian Clark and Ian Hamilton. Hamilton pitched two innings of relief to close out the Dash’s victory with four strikeouts and gave up no earned runs.
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