The Chicago White Sox project to have an outstanding rotation in 2022. Carlos Rodon is probably going to leave in free agency but Lucas Giolito, Dallas Keuchel, Lance Lynn, and Dylan Cease are all there ready to go. Michael Kopech will be making the jump from the bullpen to the rotation which is very nice to know as well. There are also options in Reynaldo Lopez and Garrett Crochet who are starters by trade as well.
With all of those players in mind, Dylan Cease sticks out as the biggest x-factor for the White Sox going into the season. He has outstanding stuff that can force lots of strikeouts. He throws the baseball very hard and mixes in some really nice offspeed stuff that fools hitters regularly.
It took a few years to really boom for Cease but we all knew that it was coming. He showed flashes of his brilliant stuff but he just needed to get it under control. He started to do that in 2021. It was a bumpy start as he was still working out some things but he figured it out.
There was a stretch in the middle of the 2021 season in which he was the best starter on the White Sox. He ended up leading them in strikeouts as he recorded 226. Only Cease and Giolito reached the 200 mark. Lance Lynn and Carlos Rodon would have if it weren’t for some IL stints but it was a very powerful staff nonetheless.
The Chicago White Sox needs Dylan Cease to be an amazing pitcher for them.
Now, with another full year under his belt, he has more to build on. He was great but we know he can be even better. In fact, he has the potential to be a Cy Young-level pitcher in the American League. He might still be overshadowed by Lynn, Giolito, and even Kopech but that won’t take away from his importance.
If Cease does take that next step in 2022, their rotation would be even better than we thought going in. The White Sox would also go from being one of the best teams in the American League to one of the best teams in the league in general. They have a long way to go before getting over that playoff hunt but Cease is a big key to that.
We will know when Cease reached his potential if he ever starts receiving votes for the Cy Young. He was not on the ballot (Giolito, Lynn, Rodon, and Hendriks all were) but he will be in no time. He had a 13-7 record with a 3.91 ERA. He was the only White Sox pitcher to make all 32 of his starts which is really cool. Hopefully, he is even more dominant in 2022.