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White Sox: Four Reasons Why Will Dylan Cease Breakout 2021

CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 20: Dylan Cease #84 of the Chicago White Sox pitches against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on September 20, 2020 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 20: Dylan Cease #84 of the Chicago White Sox pitches against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on September 20, 2020 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images) /
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Lucas Giolito of the Chicago White Sox might really be able to help Dylan Cease.

If there is one guy on the team Dylan Cease can depend on, it is Lucas Giolito. We see it every start on TV when Giolito is beside Cease in the dugout giving in-game adjustments between innings. Giolito is the guy Cease can look to when he is falling on some hard times like he is now. Why? Because Giolito was in his shoes just two years ago. The similarities in the path to a breakout season between the two are uncanny.

After a terrible season, Cease took the offseason to reevaluate his mechanics with Ethan Katz. The similarities do not stop there. When Giolito began his training with Katz, he started by using the core velocity belt. Cease revealed on that podcast that he is starting the exact same way, pointed out by Chuck Garfein.

Do you remember the first time you saw Giolito’s new delivery? Quick side note, I recall seeing every national telecast say the same thing and point out the same change in delivery using the same two clips. Anyway, Cease talked about working on his delivery mechanics. It is possible we see a difference in Cease’s 2021 wind-up.

Both were also traded for during the team’s first phase of the rebuild. Both are expected to be in the front of the rotation when it comes time for contending. One has taken that step…maybe the other will next season too. Giolito hit rock bottom but put in the work to get better and now he is the ace of this ballclub. Dylan Cease, in terms of development, has followed a similar path as Giolito which has led him to this offseason which is the offseason that is supposed to change the course of his career and finally be the player many predicted he could be. Let’s hope he is even better.

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