White Sox: Make some roster moves to bring up minor leaguers
The White Sox made a few roster moves on Friday that involved a DFA and a pair of minor league promotions.
The White Sox front office DFA’d Chris Volstad and moved up two minor league players. Otherwise, the front office has been rather quiet as the Trade Deadline approaches.
Despite the DFA, there is a good chance that Volstad will remain in the White Sox organization. If the team did not want him, Rick Hahn could have attempted to trade him.
Volstad’s DFA shows that the White Sox are ready to make changes to the bullpen. Joakim Soria wasn’t the only late-inning pitcher to be moved from the organization. (Although, he was the only one that came with a quality trade). On July 15, Bruce Rondon was outrighted by the team. This was one of the smartest moves the team could have made – other than not signing him in the first place.
Back to Volstad…
He is sitting with a 6.27 ERA in 47.1 innings pitched. After facing 215 batters, he gave up nine home runs and walked 12 batters. His WHIP is 1.627. And, these are not the worst stats he has ever had. He pitched well in June, with an ERA of 3.38. But, like many of the White Sox pitcher in July, his ERA increased dramatically. In the month of July, his ERA was 18.90 as he gave up 14 runs in 6.2 innings. Ouch.
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The two men who are receiving promotions to the Bigs are both right-handed pitchers and are both on the Triple-A Charlotte team. Thyago Vieira and Tyler Danish will see time in the Chicago bullpen.
Vieira pitched one inning in 2017 when he was with the Seattle Mariners. He also has .2 innings with the Sox, but he did not do very well. But, that hasn’t been the case in Triple-A. He has a 5.05 ERA in 41 innings. That might not be overly impressive, but his 11 K/9 is.
Danish has also had a few cups of coffee with the White Sox, in 2016, 2017, and 2018. So far, Danish has done well. In his first outing against the Blue Jays on Friday, he faced three batters and struck out two. The guy clearly wants to stay up.
Hopefully, these two promotions will lead to a few more. Along with 23-year-old Danish, who was a 2013 White Sox draft pick, there are plenty of other young faces that fans are waiting to see at Guaranteed Rate Field.