White Sox: Lucas Giolito, Luis Robert Highlight B-Game Action
White Sox pitcher had an impressive scoreless outing in a scrimmage against Los Angeles, while a top prospect shows off his hitting against dominant closer.
Before the Chicago White Sox faced the Oakland Athletics on Monday, the team had a scrimmage against the Los Angeles Dodgers. In the Dodgers practice field at Camelback Ranch, Lucas Giolito and Luis Robert made some noise in the Sox B-game.
Giolito pitched three scoreless innings and recorded three strikeouts while allowing just one walk against Los Angeles. The 2012 first-round pick has been impressive to start the spring and could be on pace to be the Sox second starter to start the season. Last season, Giolito pitched well in his brief major league stint with the team.
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This season, however, Giolito will pitch his first full campaign in the majors and he will see teams multiple times in the division. Spring training stats aren’t very important, but if Giolito can have positive outings before the end of camp, that could bode well for how he begins the 2018 season.
The Sox will need strong starting pitching to allow their bullpen to remain fresh, and Giolito will be a key factor in the success of the rotation. Giolito wasn’t consistent to start last season in Triple-A Charlotte. He some good starts, including a 7-inning no-hitter, but he didn’t put together consistency until late July. This year, however, Giolito is showing consistency early in camp. Something he’s carried over from the end of the 2017 season.
While Giolito had an impressive outing on the mound on Monday morning, Robert was able to get to impressive hits in the game. One of those hits came off veteran Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen. It wasn’t a save situation for Jensen, but Robert hit the first pitch that was thrown by the All-Star in Monday’s scrimmage for a double. He would then steal third base.
Robert’s second hit featured commentary from fellow Cuban Jose Abreu.
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The Sox are seeing some solid contributions from Robert so far this spring. The 20-year-old will either start the 2018 season in Low-A or High-A. This will be Robert’s first full season playing in the United States, and the Sox won’t rush him to the majors. But if he’s able to hit well and steal bases, it wouldn’t be surprising if he ended 2018 in Triple-A.