The Chicago White Sox saw Codi Heuer have a fantastic rookie season in 2020.
Codi Heuer attended Wichita State University before he was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the sixth round of the 2018 MLB Draft. Now, at 24 years old, he already has his MLB debut behind him which went very well for him. He was so good in his first year with the White Sox and they now believe he is a big part of their future. Hopefully, he can learn from what went well in 2020 and advance himself even further in 2021.
Heuer had to make his debut during the 2020 60-game season that existed because of COVID-19. He probably didn’t anticipate doing that in an empty building with no fans but it is better than nothing. He managed to get into 21 games with 23.2 innings pitched. It was a great start for him to get his feet wet in the league.
In those 21 games, he threw 25 strikeouts and had a WAR of 0.8. He accumulated a record of 3-0 and had one save throughout the season. His ERA was 1.52 and his WHIP was 0.887 which are both phenomenal. It wasn’t the biggest sample size in the world but it was certainly enough for people to be excited about his future.
2020 grade: A
The Chicago White Sox didn’t expect Heuer to be this good. He exceeded any expectations that you should have for a young pitcher going into his first season. His numbers were off the charts good and he showed no signs of slowing down in the regular season. He has great stuff and it should continue for many years.
The Chicago White Sox are hoping to have a very good bullpen in 2021. We don’t know what the closer situation is going to be but there are a few options. They might bring back Alex Colome, add a guy like Liam Hendriks, or promote someone from within. They will also have great pitchers like Evan Marshall, Jace Fry, and Aaron Bummer to lead the way.
With all of that talent around, Codi Heuer should be able to succeed again. If he is able to put up similar numbers in 2021, this bullpen is going to be scary good. We expect the offense to score a lot of runs so if the pitching can keep up they will be a World Series contender. Heuer is going to be a big piece of that puzzle.