What will White Sox starting rotation look like next season? SouthSide Showdown predicts the 2018 pitching staff.
The White Sox recently traded 33-year old veteran pitcher Miguel Gonzalez for another prospect to the Texas Rangers on Aug. 31 and now the plot thickens. The White Sox are only left with two starters from the 2016 regular season and only one of those two have plans to stay with the White Sox for the long haul. The White Sox have had a very rough time in the starting pitching department since the departure of Chris Sale.
The Sox have had the likes of Derek Holland, Mike Pelfrey, Dylan Covey and David Holmberg start games for the Pale Hose but none have impressed or have even come close. However, this failure comes to the delighted pleasure of the very eager farmhands down in the minor leagues.
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This awful starting rotation has opened the door for the highly-prized prospects the White Sox had waiting down at Triple-A Charlotte. And not only have they received the call up to the Show but they’ve been very impressive in their time with the White Sox.
Most recently, Lucas Giolito (White Sox No. 6 prospect) was given the opportunity to be with the Sox for the remainder of the season. Giolito has only made four starts but capped off his first two weeks with the team with an absolute beauty of a game. Here is how he’s done so far with the ChiSox:
- MIN – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 4 K – L
- DET – 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 K – W
- TBR – 7.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 10 K – W
- SFG -5.1 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 5 K – L
Giolito, along with Carlos Rodon, Reynaldo Lopez and many other young studs, are looking to spearhead what could be the best rotation in baseball if the White Sox can fully develop their talent and skills. Next year, the Sox can actually see the rebuild in full effect with a rotation entirely full of their prospects, although probably not pitching to their full potential just yet. Nonetheless, who can we expect to see start games for the Sox in 2018?