Chicago White Sox: Garrett Crochet’s pitching looks deadly

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - MARCH 03: Garrett Crochet #45 of the Chicago White Sox pitches during a workout on March 3, 2021 at Camelback Ranch in Glendale Arizona. (Photo by Ron Vesely/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, ARIZONA - MARCH 03: Garrett Crochet #45 of the Chicago White Sox pitches during a workout on March 3, 2021 at Camelback Ranch in Glendale Arizona. (Photo by Ron Vesely/Getty Images) /
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The Chicago White Sox is projected to have one of the best bullpens in all of Major League Baseball in 2021. One of the reasons that will be is because they plan on using Garrett Crochet in that group to start the year. He may stay there all year long if all of the starters stay healthy but he is someone who was thought of as a starter when he was first drafted.

It is rare for a player to be drafted and play for his MLB team in the same year. That was the reality for Garrett Crochet in 2020. He was the 11th overall pick by the White Sox in the 2020 MLB Draft. A few months later, he was pitching for a White Sox team that was competing for a division title and was certainly playoff-bound.

He handled the pressure of that very well. He only had six innings pitched in the regular season which isn’t a big sample size but he didn’t give up a single run. He had a WHIP of 0.500 and eight strikeouts. He can get his fastball up to 102 miles per hour and now it is looking like he has more to his game than just that deadly fastball.

Garrett Crochet’s stuff looks deadly so far during Chicago White Sox spring training.

Coming out of the bullpen this spring, he has been showing us that he has more than that deadly fastball. His off-speed stuff has been lethal as well for the White Sox. In Sunday’s exhibition win over the Arizona Diamondbacks, he was simply dominant looking. He made hitters look silly by getting that ball right past them.

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As you can see in the videos, Crochet seems very comfortable throwing his pitches. He has a wide variety of stuff that he can throw and this was the latest example of it. He is more than likely done for the spring as the White Sox only has one more game now. He should be available for Thursday’s Opening Day game in Anaheim depending on the situation. It is going to be so fun watching him for years to come.