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White Sox: With Recent Injuries, Is It Time to Promote Dylan Cease?

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WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 15: Pitcher Dylan Cease #29 of the Chicago White Sox and the U.S. Team works the ninth inning against the World Team during the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Nationals Park on July 15, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 15: Pitcher Dylan Cease #29 of the Chicago White Sox and the U.S. Team works the ninth inning against the World Team during the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Nationals Park on July 15, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) /
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White Sox are in need of more starting pitching with injuries starting to pile up. Is it time for the franchise to promote another top prospect?

The Chicago White Sox starting rotation needs a lot of help. Carlos Rodon is lost for the remainder of this season. Now, the team could be without Manny Banuelos for an extended period of time as he left his most recent start with an injury that was later described as a left shoulder strain.

With the White Sox starting rotation dealing with injuries and a lack of consistency, the team could use some help very soon. While the Sox could sign a free agent pitcher that has postseason experience, they will still need to fill another void in their rotation.

That void could be filled internally with the promotion of Dylan Cease. But is it the right time to promote one of the Sox top pitching prospects? The Sox have done a good job of not rushing any prospects to the Majors since they started their rebuild, but circumstances at the moment could lead to Cease starting his first MLB game soon.

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Cease has only pitched 28 innings with Triple-A Charlotte this season and his last outing with the Knights came on May 11. Through six starts, Cease has a 2-1 record with a 3.54 ERA, 33 strikeouts, 10 walks, and a 1.29 WHIP. He only has one outing where he pitched six innings and that start came on April 30.

At this time, Cease’s potential promotion to the Sox could be viewed as desperate but it shouldn’t. Cease has pitched 314 innings in the minors since he was drafted in 2014 by the Cubs in the sixth round. Last season, he pitched a career-high 124 innings combined with High-A Winston-Salem and Double-A Birmingham.

He has the experience to pitch in the Majors and will likely be promoted to the Sox later this Summer. For now, he could perhaps help the Sox if promoted but he still needs to pitch deeper into games with Charlotte. His lone quality outing so far does show that Cease could use just a little more seasoning in Triple-A.

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The last thing the Sox would want is Cease’s progression being stalled because he was rushed to the Majors in order to fill an immediate void. If Cease can pitch six or more innings over his next few starts, the Sox should certainly promote him. Right now, it might be just a little too early for Cease to be pitching with the Sox. However, Sox fans should get ready for Cease’s arrival as it’s just around the corner.

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