White Sox: Who Will Be Future Closer on South Side?

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - APRIL 16: Nate Jones
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - APRIL 16: Nate Jones /
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CHICAGO, IL – SEPTEMBER 03: Gregory Infante
CHICAGO, IL – SEPTEMBER 03: Gregory Infante /

Gregory Infante

Infante is probably one of the lesser-known names in this list of potential closers. Although he was one of the most effective arms out of the bullpen in 2017, his success will go quietly given that the White Sox finished at the bottom of the AL Central. Though he has a little over a year of service time, Infante is 30-years-old. He had 12 stints with various teams in the minors, and 2017 was his coming out year as he posted a 3.13 ERA and a K/9 of 8.1 in 54.2 innings with the White Sox.

With the exception of Burdi, Infante has the least experience on the list. In fact, if the argument of Infante for closer were to be made a year ago on this day, the majority of people wouldn’t have known who he was. He did what he could to change that this past season, putting up good numbers with the Sox. He has experience as a closer, posting 57 saves in his minor league career.

Infante is worth a shot as he is seasoned and has been pitching professionally since 2006. It is not far-fetched to say he can start 2018 as the closer, given he is one of the few reliable arms available at the beginning of the season. If Infante can continue to perform efficiently, his chances at the closer role are as good as anyone’s.

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With a bullpen that holds an uncertain future, all options must be surveyed. The White Sox have multiple applicable options to hold their closer’s role once they hit the full throttle stage of the rebuild. It is a matter of performance. With a race so tight, the only way to stick out is simply by performing.