Chicago White Sox: 2021 grade for Jace Fry
The Chicago White Sox was really good with their pitching staff in 2021. It felt like they never reached that second gear down the stretch but that doesn’t take away from the fact that they had a very good year. One pitcher, unfortunately, that didn’t have a very good year, is Jace Fry.
Fry barely played for the Devils in 2021 but he did manage to make it into six games. In those six games, he had a record of 0-1 with a 10.80 ERA and a 2.400 WHIP which are some awful numbers. As a result of his bad 6.2 innings, he had a WAR of -0.3. The sample size really isn’t there to be too hard on him but there is a reason that he didn’t earn more of an opportunity.
Throughout his career so far, he has had some really good stuff. He has shown that he can pitch well in professional baseball but 2021 wasn’t it. He missed the early portion of the season with injury and then went straight to AAA. It is unfortunate that his time in MLB didn’t go well this year but he clearly was off to a horrible start with the injury and wasn’t able to come back well.
Fry has always had good stuff but the command has been the issue. If there was anything to work on as he really ramps up his offseason, it is that command. He also has time to make sure he is 100 percent healthy going into spring training which should really help him out.
2021 Final Grade: D
Fry probably deserves an F based on some of his statistics and his inability to earn an MLB role in 2021 but a lot of it had to do with missing so much time with injury. For one year, he can have the benefit of the doubt and get a D grade. He needs to be better if he wants to stick in the MLB and he knows it.
Fry is 2022 arbitration-eligible. He will probably get a chance from the White Sox again but it is going to be a big year for him. He should be given some innings to try and work on his game in AAA and might even make it back to MLB at some point.
Hopefully, for his sake, he finds his command because he has the potential to be a really nice player for the Chicago White Sox as they look to have another really good pitching staff.