The White Sox front office was busier than it seemed coming up to the Trade Deadline on Tuesday.
At the last minute, the White Sox made a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays for a right-handed pitcher. In exchange, the Rays received international bonus pool money.
The White Sox new pitcher is a very young 23-year-old lefty named Hunter Schryver. The Rays selected him in the 2017 draft out of Villanova University.
Daryl Van Schouwen with the Chicago Sun-Times broke the news just before the close of the Trade Deadline.
So, who is the latest relief pitcher to join the minor league ranks of the Chicago farm system?
He has only been in the farm system for a short time. And, during that time, he has only pitched in various levels of Single-A ball. On three teams, he has pitched a total of 83.1 innings and has a combined ERA of 2.70 and WHIP of 1.104. Schryver has completed 35 games and has earned 15 saves.
In college, Schryver was a starting pitcher according to the Villanova website. The site said about Schryver:
"“One of the top pitchers in school history … Ranks among the all-time leaders in strikeouts, innings pitched and ERA … “"
That sure is good news.
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It is also notable that Schryver was twice selected to the All-Big East first team. He was also twice named to the Philadelphia Big 5 Pitcher of the Year. He pitched for all four years of college and in his senior year, he started in 12 games and completed one of them. He faced 314 batters and did not let one of them hit a home run. During his senior year, his record was 4-6 with an impressive ERA of 2.44 in 73.2 innings. In all of that, he also struck out 91 batters.
Schryver will join a growing group of young pitchers who should eventually make their way to the Big Leagues in the next year or two. There is a chance that Schryver could be fast-tracked to a higher level of minor league ball, because he spent four full seasons playing in Division-1 baseball.
Congratulations to Hunter Schryver on joining the Chicago White Sox. We look forward to watching his career develop.