White Sox pitching prospect has quality start while recording season-high 11 strikeouts in Triple-A Charlotte’s loss on Tuesday night.
Chicago White Sox pitching prospect Dylan Cease hasn’t looked like himself in his previous two outings before Tuesday night. The young right-handed pitcher struggled over his past two starts but rebounded nicely to post a season-high 11 strikeouts on Tuesday.
In Triple-A Charlotte’s 4-2 loss to the Gwinnett Stripers, Cease posted a quality start with six innings pitched, two earned runs allowed, one walk and 11 strikeouts. This came after Cease failed to last five innings in his previous two starts. WIth his outing on Tuesday, Cease saw his ERA on the season drop to 3.33 while his strikeout total climbed to 30 through five starts.
The White Sox could certainly use another strong starting pitcher in the rotation but are wise to not rush the development of Cease. His outing on Tuesday was the longest of the season to date and he should continue to go deeper into games as the season progresses. Another White Sox prospect that continues to perform well in Triple-A is Zack Collins.
Collins had a 1-for-4 game for the Knights on Tuesday with a double. He currently owns a .275/.384/.623 slash line with a 1.007 OPS. His early success this season has to be surprising for many fans as he struggled to hit well while in High-A and Double-A over the past two years. He’s clearly making a name for himself this year and could be in line for a promotion in the Summer if he continues succeeding in Triple-A.
On Tuesday, the White Sox announced the promotions of three prospects. Luis Robert and Zack Burdi were each promoted to Double-A. Steele Walker was promoted to High-A Winston-Salem. For Robert, he was clearly ready for Double-A after his most recent performance with the Dash on Monday night.
Walker had a solid start to his season for Low-A Kannapolis. The 2018 second-round draft pick out of Oklahoma University posted a .354/.424/.570 slash line through 21 games with the Intimidators with a .994 OPS. He will get his first taste of High-A pitching on Wednesday afternoon with the Dash.
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