Chicago White Sox: Garrett Crochet is part of 2021 plans

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Garrett Crochet is part of the 2021 plans for the Chicago White Sox.

When the 2020 season ended for Garrett Crochet and the Chicago White Sox, we were forced to fear the worst. He left game three of their series with the Oakland Athletics with an injury that had us all fearing he was going to need Tommy John surgery. Well, when Rick Hahn addressed the media after the season, he announced that Crochet would not need the surgery and would be ready to go by Spring Training. It was a sigh of relief because losing him for all of 2021 would have been a tough pill to swallow.

Crochet was drafted in the 2020 MLB Draft. It is very rare for a player to make his MLB debut during the season he was drafted but those sorts of things happened during the COVID-19 season. He was brilliant but when the season ended you had to wonder if the White Sox would have him down in the Minor Leagues when they get their seasons back.

It sounds like he will be given the chance to make the MLB team for the 2021 season. New White Sox pitching coach, Ethan Katz, went on the White Sox Talk Podcast to discuss all things involved with White Sox pitching. Of course, the topic of Garrett Crochet came up and Katz had some interesting things to say.

Katz told Chuck Garfien that “He is going to be a big part of what we do next year”. That really sounds like Katz believes that Crochet will be used with the big club starting on Opening Day. You have to think that he has big-time input and inside information into what the organization believes as well. Katz is a very smart pitching mind and has been successful with helping out some of the best young pitchers in the game.

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Crochet has all of the talents in the world. He can throw the ball north of 100 miles per hour. He played in five games in 2020 and he was dominant in that short sample size. We saw what happened with Giolito when Katz started helping him in the 2018-19 offseason. It makes you wonder what he might be able to do with a kid like Garrett Crochet. We don’t know if it will be as a reliever or a starter in 2021 but Katz definitely sees him as someone who will be with the big club right away.