Chicago White Sox: Season preview of bullpen pitchers

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Chicago White Sox Jace Fry
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Jace Fry

Expected to round out the bullpen is a 25-year-old lefty, Jace Fry. In three years, Fry has seen a majority of his innings come in 2019 and 2018. Pitching 55 innings last season, he posted a 4.75 ERA with 68 strikeouts. He did walk 43 and gave up 44 hits. It seems the issue Fry has is an obvious one which is his control.

The amount of walks is concerning as are the amount of hits. Fry’s 1.58 WHIP is not a concerning one, just one that could be improved if the amount of walks decreases. Fry’s ability to be used as a lefty specialist is key and probably the reason why he is on this squad.

His best month was in July when he pitched 9.2 innings without giving up an earned run. He struck out 12 and allowed only four hits. He ended his 2019 strong posting a 2.00 ERA over 9 innings in the month of September. Striking out 14 on only four hits allowed Fry to end his season on a high note.

Fry, without question, struggles the most with his control and keeping the walks down. If he can eliminate the number of free passes he allows, not only will he be a nice surprise, but could end up rounding out a potential lights-out bullpen.