White Sox pitching prospect has a strong start for Double-A Birmingham in the team’s loss on Monday night. The right-hander recorded seven strikeouts.
Chicago White Sox pitching prospect Dylan Cease had an impressive start on Monday night for Double-A Birmingham. Pitching against the Mississippi Braves, Cease recorded seven strikeouts in six innings pitched while allowing no earned runs and two walks.
Although the Barons were defeated by the Braves 3-0, Cease posted his second consecutive quality start for Birmingham. The 22-year-old has yet to be saddled with a loss through six starts with the Barons and lowered his ERA to 2.34 with his outing on Monday night.
Cease has shown promise in his stint with the Barons since being promoted from Single-A Advanced Winston-Salem on June 21. The 2014 sixth-round draft pick of the Chicago Cubs made 13 starts with the Dash this season. Cease went 9-2 with a 2.89 ERA. Between Winston-Salem and Birmingham this year, Cease has recorded 131 total strikeouts and has a combined 1.10 WHIP.
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If Cease continues to perform well for Birmingham, he could start next season with Triple-A Charlotte. It’s not likely Cease will end this season in Charlotte as the Sox have been patient in promoting their top prospects over the past year.
Eloy Jimenez was another Sox prospect that performed well on Monday to the surprise of no one. The Sox top prospect collected two hits including his eighth home run and two walks in Charlotte’s 5-3 win over the Norfolk Tides. Jimenez improved his incredible batting average with the Knights to .396.
The Sox are remaining extremely patient with promoting Jimenez to the Majors, but it’s getting increasingly harder for the front office to justify him being in Triple-A currently. Although many Sox fans want to see the slugger make his debut with the team soon, it appears they will have to keep waiting.
Nick Madrigal, the Sox 2018 first-round draft pick didn’t record a strikeout at the plate. In Single-A Kannapolis’s 2-1 win over the Augusta GreenJackets, Madrigal went 1-for-4. In 53 total at-bats this season, Madrigal has yet to strikeout. With the Intimidators, Madrigal has a slash line of .375/.378/.450 through 11 games.
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