White Sox pitching should be in good shape for the future, but which pitcher will step up and become the team’s next ace moving forward?
The Chicago White Sox have a bevy of young talented pitchers on the major league roster and in the minors. As many Sox fans anticipate when the next great team will compete on the South Side, the organization continues to develop pitchers as it has done so well in the past.
Although 2018 could be another losing season for the Sox, the arrow is pointing up (except for Guaranteed Rate’s logo) for the future of this organization. This past season, Sox fans got a preview of how dominant some of the team’s young pitchers could be moving forward. Lucas Giolito showed flashes of being an ace, while Carlos Rodon had some good outings in 2017 on the mound.
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Another young pitcher, Michael Kopech, has yet to make his major league debut but excelled in his first professional season in the Sox organization this past season. Each of the aforementioned pitchers, however, have the potential to become the next ace of the Sox.
But, which pitcher will indeed be the next ace on the South Side? Giolito has yet to pitch a complete season in the majors, Rodon is battling injuries, and Kopech still needs to develop in Triple-A next year.
The Sox have done a good job of not rushing any of their top prospects, including pitchers. With the organization having a solid history of developing pitchers, there’s no doubt they will find their next ace from within. Let’s take a look at each player’s chances at becoming an ace on the South Side.