4. Dylan Cease
Dylan Cease was one of the team’s top pitching prospects entering the 2019 season, but he had a so-so minor league season through his first 15 starts.
The 23-year-old had a 4.48 ERA and 1.566 WHIP to go along with 9.6 K/9 as compared to 4.2 BB/9 in 68 1/3 innings.
However, with the White Sox nowhere near contention and their starting rotation depleted at the major league level, the team decided to call up Cease to take a rotation spot down the stretch.
In 14 starts for the south side, Cease simply didn’t impress as he registered a 5.79 ERA, 5.19 FIP, and 1.548 WHIP while averaging 10.0 K/9 as compared to 4.3 BB/9.
On a positive note, the right-hander finished his rookie season strong in which he had a 3.00 ERA and a .211 average against him during the month of September (four starts).
With that strong finish, the hope is that Cease will prove he belongs at the major league level in 2020 and that he will pitch closer to his 2018 minor league numbers in which he had a 2.40 ERA and 1.065 WHIP.
As of right now, the team only has Lucas Giolito established at the top of the rotation and in order to be successful, the team will need to hope that at least a couple of their other pitching options can prove they belong. Dylan Cease could be one of those arms.