White Sox pitching prospect dazzles in his spring training start against the Seattle Mariners. The pitcher is having a very strong spring thus far.
Chicago White Sox pitching prospect Dylan Cease is having a great start to his spring training this year. After only making 22 starts combined in Single-A, Cease has started his spring training nicely and was able to continue his positive momentum on Monday night.
Cease pitched three strong scoreless innings against the Seattle Mariners in Peoria, Ariz. The Sox fifth-ranked prospect as ranked by mlbpipeline.com, recorded four strikeouts while giving up just one hit in his outing on Monday. This was Cease’s second start of the spring and he continued to impress on the mound against Seattle.
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As Eloy Jimenez showed this past weekend what the Cubs gave up when they traded him, Cease did his part to add to that with a solid outing on Monday. Cease was also a part of the trade package for Jose Quintana last summer that sent the veteran pitcher to the Cubs in exchange for both prospects.
So far through 6.1 innings pitched this spring, Cease has recorded nine strikeouts while only walking three batters. Last season, Cease made 22 starts for both Single-A affiliations of the Cubs and Sox. Through those starts, Cease recorded 126 total strikeouts and just 44 walks. Although his combined record was 1-10, he had an impressive 3.28 ERA and 1.26 WHIP.
The Sox will likely start Cease in Single-A Advanced this season. It will be great to see the young right-hander develop with Winston-Salem and possibly make a push towards a promotion to Double-A Birmingham. With the team being patient in promoting prospects, don’t expect Cease to make his major league debut this year. However, he very well could get called up when rosters expand in September.
Tuesday will be an off day for the Sox. The Sox will face the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday with Carson Fulmer starting on the mound.